"Dunked makes creating your online & mobile portfolio website super simple. Showcase your design, illustration, video and photography work on any device."
Robin Good's insight:
If you are looking for a free tool that allows you to easily create a visual portfolio of images and/or video clips, organized into categories, Dunked offers an excellent solution.
Simple, elegant and very straightforward to use, Dunked makes it easy to upload one or more pictures at a time and to arrange them on your portfolio page and into separate collections called Projects.
You can customize background, colors for all the elements on a page, fonts, logo and you can add a personalized About and Contact page.
My comments: Excellent visual portoflio tool for photographers, designers and artists of any kind. Compared to having an image or video collection on Pinterest, the difference is that the presentation style is much more elegant, and images are viewed by default at a much larger size. You also have fine control on individual text style, colors and other design elements. The absence of a bookmarklet further indicates that this tool has been designed with the photographer/artist/painter in mind and not to collect stuff found on the web.
Great infographic resume designs from around the world.
Robin Good's insight:
If you are planning to create a visual CV for yourself soon, do not waste your time trying out the many cool alternative tools that are available out there to create one, like Easel.ly, LinkedIN Resume Builder, Vizify, Infogr.am and several others.
In my view, even if you use a fancy visualization tool, what makes the most difference is having a unique visual "idea" to support the presentation of your credentials.
This is why I suggest that, if you have the fancy and skills to create your own visual CV, there is no better resource for inspiration that I know of, than this huge Pinterest collection by Randy Krum.
It is invaluable. Worth even a paid print edition. 9/10
Use the Resume Builder to turn your LinkedIn Profile into a beautiful resume. Pick a resume template, customize the content, and print and share the result to your heart's content.
Robin Good's insight:
The new LinkedIN Resume Builder is a great web app which allows anyone with a LinkedIN account to create a professional-looking resume by selecting from a number of ready-made templates.
The new app taps into your LinkedIN account info to extract and categorize all of your profile info, while leaving you with the option to edit and modify any of the data that will appear in the final resume and any of the pre-set fields that will displayed.
There are about a dozen different templates to choose from, and my first impression is that they all look quite good.
Your new final resume can be directly shared with others on all major social media and via a direct URL, and can be also saved and exported as a PDF.
I find Resume Builder from LinkedIN to be an excellent tool to create an always-up-to-date and professional-looking CV / resume in a matter of seconds.
P.S.: There may be some "pagination" issues as you will see when you export to PDF, but these can be circumnavigated easily. I am sure there will be improvements in future updates.
Enthuse is a web-based app which allows authors, freelancers, professionals and artists to create a personal reference page, kind of a personal media-kit dedicated at bringing together in one place all of the links to your best work and references.
Robin Good: A great collection of visual resumes, often in the style of an infographic. If you are looking for inspiration on how to style and assemble your next one, this is a must stop gallery to check.
Robin Good: Excellent PBS video illustrating through the faces and voices of several brand designers the history and role of logo design. From prehistorical times until today logo design has been always an activity characterized by the need to communicate easily and effectively what a person or an organization is about and (in some cases) the character and the traits its stands for (think of aristocratic or noble shields).
"Utilizing a silent vocabulary of colors, shapes, and typography, logo designers give a visual identity to companies and organizations of all types."
"Logo designers need to have a sense of what the company wants his personality to be, and then it "manufactures" this mask... and the logo is essentualy a mask, an identifier, that stands in for who you are"
Robin Good: If you want to have professional looking email signature, there is an alternative service to WiseStamp, that you may like to check out if you are using a Windows PC.
Sigwich has created a very simple and intuitive web interface which allows you to create and edit a professionally-looking signature in a number of minutes with no effort at all. Just fill in a few fields, pick the social networks to display, upload a photo and you are ready to roll.
There is a great number of cool addition and features that can be added to your email signature, but the coolest of all is the “Text Me” feature allowing people to send you text messages right from your signature.
- Six different signature layouts
- Each layout is customizable
- Live preview - As you add the features you want you can see exactly what your signature will look like, instantly.
"Once you are happy with your email signature click save and download your customized file to your computer and install it. Now when you open up your Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo mail, AOL or Hotmail, you will get your signature automatically inserted into your emails."
Available for Windows only.
MacOS and Safari is coming soon.
Sigwich works with Outlook, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
The Social Media Image Maker from Autre Planète is a free web-based tool which simplifies your job of creating and personalizing your profile or official page banner image across all major social media channels.
The Social Media Image Maker supports Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Vimeo, LinkedIN and several more.
If you are an author, blogger or journalist and you would like to create an online professional portoflio of your best work, here is a free service that provides a simple, but excellent personal branding and news portofolio service: Pressfolios.
Pressfolio is basically a portoflio site service for writers and journalists who want to organize, store and showcase their best content online.
You provide URLs for the articles and clips you have already published and Pressfolios crawls out to grab its key meta-data and makes it easy for you to integrate it in the free one-page profiler that Pressfolio creates automatically for you.
You can create different sections of your content clips as to organize them according to different topics / industries / issues / years / publishers.
Last but not least Pressfolios automatically helps you create a profile page for yourself to support your content showcase, in which you can list your "professional focus", skills, social networks you are active on, and some kind of text introduction alongside an image of yours and a theme-image that you can also choose for yourself.
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Robin Good's insight:
Citrus3 is a Shoutcast-based service which allows you, for as little as $15/month to have your own non-stop radio station capable of broadcasting to an unlimited number of listeners 24/7. They do everything for you, including installing and setting up your Shoutcast server.
You can upload and play your favorite .mp3/.aac tracks or set your station on auto-pilot, so that it will play your ready-made playlists one by one.
Citrus3 offers three plans: the most economic one, costing 15eu/mo($15) supports 32Kbps bitrate, unlimited listeners, and unlimited bandwidth with 24/7 support via helpdesk online, telephone and forum. The 128Kbps plan offers higher quality at €30/mo($35), and 256Kbps offers top audio quality at €45/mo($50).
Citrus3 inludes also listener statistics and unlimited storage for your .mp3 tracks.
Robin Good: If you are a blogger, writer, journalist, reporter, radio personality or other media content producer, looking for a service that allows you to create an online portfolio of your best work Clippings.me may be a valid solution.
Clippings.me is a free web-based service which allows you to create an online portfolio of your media clippings, no matter whether they have been published online, in print or on-air. You can customize and personalize the look of your portfolio page, hook it to your social media channels and be listed in the Clippings.me directory page.
Robin Good: The Eyejot vCard is an iPhone app that allows you to create your own virtual video business card. The vCard doubles up also as a cool name-badge to use with your lanyard at any event or conference.
Eyejot vCards makes it extremely easy to record your own short video introduction associated to all your contact and social media links. The video card can be easily shared with your new contacts by simply inputing a phone number or email address.
Robin Good: If you are looking for a tool, service or template that makes it easy for you to create an online portfolio of your best work, here is good guide providing numerous options including a list of tools, themes and templates.
From the original article by Merry Richter: "Your brand is the sum total of your reputation, both personal and professional.
It’s a representation of your skills, character, trustworthiness, dedication, honesty, work ethic, appearance, and personality.
Basically every aspect of yourself that employers, co-workers, friends and family care about…everything that makes you YOU."
Robin Good: But the issue is, how can you take control, steer and direct your personal activities online so that they contribute to build up a "brand" that reflects your key strength and abilities?
"It’s scary to realize that some portion of your brand is being determined and communicated by other people, but in the age of hyper-social sharing, commenting and endorsing on the sites we all know and love, that’s exactly what’s happening.
So now, more than ever, it’s essential to take control of your brand. Write your own story before someone else writes it for you.
The first aspect of this is fairly obvious: live up to your own hype.
Deliver on the promises (implied and otherwise) that you’ve made..."
Robin Good: CardFlick is a desktop and mobile app which allows you to design supercool digital business cards for yourself and to share them easily with anyone else with a mobile.
CardFlick offers 30+ beautiful business cards design themes that you can choose from, and you can easily personalize the colors and the information on your card. In addition you can use your favourite Instagram and Facebook photos.
Once you have selected your card, you can "flick it" anytime there is a nearby user using CardFlick, allowing you to share your personal card and to receive the other person info.
The great thing is that anytime you update your info on your business card, it updates also your digital copy that you have shared with other people.
Free to use.
Pro version coming. It will allow for priting your own stock of cards at low price and to completely customize the design of your card.