7. Customize your Portfolio Website

Additional Resources:

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  • Be sure to Title the name of your site using your real name. If you need to change it, go to your Dashboard>>Settings>>General>>Site Title
  • Change the default slogan or tagline to a more specific phrase that is suited to your work as an artist. Go to your Dashboard>>Settings>>General>>Tagline
  • Make a Splash page or welcome Home page that remains the same all the time. You must first create the page that you will then designate as the Home page. Be sure to do this first. Then, go to your Dashboard>>Customize>>. Select “Static Page option. Select from the page list you have already created from the drop down menu. Select the page you want to be the Home page. That’s it.
  • Create a Specific image for the header image on your site. Go to your Dashboard>>Appearance>> Select an image file and upload. (you must prepare this image beforehand according to resolution and size specs. Resolution should be 100 ppi and size 1000 pixels wide by 288 pixels high. Use PhotoShop or similar image editing software to resize and crop an image to these specifications. From the PhotoShop top menu bar>>Image>>Canvas Size to increase the blank area around your image without scaling the image itself. Menu Bar>>Image>>Image Size to scale the image itself. Use the cropping tool from the main tool box to crop the image itself.
  • Create a custom background image or color. Go  to your Dashboard>>Appearance>>Choose and upload file or select a custom color by entering the hexidecimal code or picking from the color wheel. If you want to match a color from an image use the eyedropper tool from PhotoShop, sample the color from an image opened in PhotoShop and then copy down it’s number code. Paste this number in the custom color box in WordPress.

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Website Requirements to date:

At the minimum, your portfolio website must contain the following information:

  • Your real name on your site, (not a nickname)
  • About You ( where are you from, your interests, a mini bio. At least a half page in length)
  • Personal Art/Design philosophy, Artist Statement (at least a half page in length)
  • Tagline (short phrase)
  • Examples of your art/design work under tabs organized by medium or theme with brief descriptions of each artwork of why or how they were created.
  • Examples from your sketch book which contain sketches from direct observation not from your imagination
  •  Résumé link to downloadable PDF version of it + a narrative summary on the site itself.
  • JPEG version of your business card
  •  Personal Logo used on your site and résumé
  • Unify the look of your logo, business card, résumé and website—give them all a common theme.
  •  written responses to What is Art, What is Design, What is Craft?
  •  written responses to Knowledge & Creativity Comparison
  • Written response to one of the videos “Designers You Should Know About”
  • Art History papers or other written works (ie. artist research papers, poetry, etc.)
  • hyperlinks to external and internal pages or other websites
  • Video (ie. process, influences, references, etc.)
  • Comment on one another’s sites
  • Inspirational Designer/Artist(s)—examples and why they are inspirational to you.
  • Site Verified with Google web tools (Dashboard>>Tools) follow the directions described there.

You also need to be developing your weekly sketchbook

Be sure to check with the WordPress support page and the information I gave you on the pacificgraphicdesign.wordpress.com website to help you discover solutions to questions on how to customize your portfolio site.

“Pages” become tabs, “Posts” do not.

When you create or edit a page you may make it a sub tab or “Child” of another page, called a “parent” by selecting this option on the right hand side of the editing page of the particular page you are editing.

Categories are a separate option for organizing information. We haven’t talked about this option yet, but if you want to see information organized this way you must create a set of categories first, then add the category name of choice to the item you wish seen there. Then you have to either use the Categories Widget (available option from the Dashboard or arrange the Categories heading where you want it to appear (also available option from the Dashboard)

Image correct pictures of your artwork using Photoshop before importing to your website. This is a basic and very easy three step process even if you are unfamiliar with Photoshop at the is point. Specific instructions can be found here>> Image Correction

 

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