Posted 28.11.2014 @ 10.52AM
@Aldous - Squarespace is just super dynamic, visual, full screen, drag drop slide it's just so different and so easy to update (add new folio work).
And in regards to WP Themes in general. 100% yes. I always find myself spending most of my time deleting things! Less is more!
Posted 27.11.2014 @ 5.10PM
Nice man. I was on Cargo for a bit, had a play and decided it was not for me.
PS: Damn you did well with hacking that initial theme! Well done. As soon as your site loaded I started flipping through the main images at the top. Lovely.
Posted 25.11.2014 @ 2.14PM
I'm with you Cheli, and Theunderdog, again, another bad analogy as there's not such thing as ready made hot rods, and paint in itself is an art form (painting cars to show car quality can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars just for the one car!).
I get what you are trying to imply though, you're suggesting that if a developer used squarespace and charged $20k to a client for using it without editing a standard theme much, then, sure, but never was that suggested in this thread?!
Posted 28.11.2014 @ 10.01AM
Thanks @Cheli !
How did you learn to read that? ;)
Squashed Mochi is a scrapbook type thing that my girlfriend and I made. Every project that we work on together gets put up on that website.
@justinfox Thank you! What differences did you find between Cargo and Squarespace? I assumed that they were pretty similar, but I've never used Squarespace. From what I can tell, the costs are similar.
Regarding the 'hacks', I originally had no intention of changing the format so much. I really liked the way the wpshower theme looked, and I really like what the people over there do (they generally make a lot of great themes for free), and this was their first paid theme.
Unfortunately, after I made the purchase, I realised that the theme was initially made for blogs rather than portfolios, which is why all the changes had to be made. Each 'hack' was simplifying something, or removing something altogether.
The last visual decision was to remove all the horizontal linebreaks, so everything is the baaaaare minimum.
Posted 27.11.2014 @ 12.41AM
Similar thread to @justinfox ' Squarespace/Wordpress comparison:
I decided to move my portfolio from Cargo Collective to Wordpress, so I could better segment my work. I thought I'd make my reflective brainstorm public so others here can benefit or give me pointers.
My new folio: http://aldousmassie.com/
I'd had my online folio on Cargo Collective for years, and while it was at first very quick and easy to setup (and a huge improvement on what I'd been using prior), the workarounds to each theme to make slight visual tweaks (and major ones) became tedious.
I set up a Wordpress-based folio because of this, and it ended up becoming my main website. My experience involved purchasing a theme similar to what I had in mind, then tweaking this for a really really long time.
Theme I purchased: http://wpshower.com/themes/outspoken/
Cargo Collective compared to Wordpress
- quick setup
- very nice looking 'instant' templates
- already has a community that promotes certain pages, work, etc.
- no need for own hosting
- no need for any technical knowledge (coding, domain linking, etc.)
- content management system is made primarily for creatives, very easy and intuitive
- great tech support
- invite only system can be annoying
- not many responsive templates (especially concerning with growing mobile viewers)
- website can end up looking very very similar to others
- customisation is a huge problem (!)
- no sense of ownership (customisation is locked away, hosting is not yours)
If anyone's got any questions or feedback, please feel free!
Posted 01.10.2014 @ 12.39PM
Hi Gosummer, I think your illustration work is lovely too! What kind of work do you want to look for, and where were you thinking of basing yourself?
If you're looking for more graphic design/publishing work I'd be boosting your folio with more English typesetting work so people can feel confident you can typeset both languages well. Having said that, @Justinfox has a point - you may well want to reach out to people who need Korean language work done; you might also be able to stretch to Chinese and Japanese if you have your own version of InDesign with you as our English versions aren't as well set up to typeset Asian languages.
Of course there's also the UI aspect to your work you might want to build on, but I'm not as well placed to advise on that area.
And if you want to make friends, check out all the community/networking opportunities available! (below are mostly Sydney & Melbourne based as this is what I know best)
http://www.agda.com.au/ - the Australian Graphic Design Association
http://www.meetup.com//Girl-Geek-Dinners-Melbourne/ A dinner group in Melbourne for girls who are interested in technology
http://www.creativewomenscircle.com.au/ A community for women working in creative industries in Melbourne and Sydney