Thursday, November 24, 2011

15 Websites to Promote Yourself as a Designer

One of the biggest tricks in being a freelance designer is promoting yourself. There are many ways to promote yourself, some obvious, and others not. Here are some websites for promoting yourself as a freelance designer. (In some order)

1. Behance Network

Behance is a large network of the best creatives. You can make a profile, post your work, and interact with other designers. With a strong portfolio, good work, and a little effort, you gain a lot of publicity through Behance.

2. Coroflot

Coroflot is another good site for sharing your online portfolio. It is a great tool to expose your work.

3. design:related

Like Behance, design:related is a popular site for publishing and promoting work while collaborating with other designers.

4. Design You Trust

Design You Trust is a design blog and community for inspiration where you can post work. It is a great place to post your best pieces. DYT is very popular, so posting good collections will help boost your popularity.

5. Carbonmade

Carbonmade is another cool site for publishing your online portfolio.

6. flickr

flickr is actually a good way to share and display your work. By joining groups, you can share your work with other designers, quite like one of the portfolio sites.

7. LinkedIn

Social networking is also useful for spreading your name. LinkedIn is the largest social networking site for professionals. It is another good way to connect with other creatives.

8. RedBubble

RedBubble is a place for designers and artists to share and sell their work.

9. LogoPond

LogoPond is a place for logo designers to set up a profile and publish their logo designs.

10. illyPads

illyPads is the same as LogoPond, but for illustration.

11. Elance

Elance is a site that a lot of businesses use for finding freelance designers. You can set up a profile and start getting your name out to businesses.

12. deviantART

deviantART is one of the best design communities. It is another great place to get your work seen by others.

13. Twitter

Although you can’t post any work on Twitter, you can link back to your portfolios.

14. MySpace

I think Myspace is pretty self-explanatory.

15. Facebook

Again, self-explanatory.

What do you use?

Share your preferences, or tell me if I should add any.

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