WIX For Portfolios.

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This picture has nothing to do with portfolios other than being a relaxing interlude.

As usual I learned something helpful from students this week. I was talking to a group about portfolios and the topic of personal portfolio websites came up. When I mentioned using WordPress, a student (actually several) told me they find WIX more helpful for developing an online portfolio. I looked into it and I tend to agree!

Like WordPress WIX has a free version available;  seems simple to use and look at and allows for large images to be easily inserted. Based on a quick run through, I think the free version of WIX is a bit easier to customize with color and fonts than WordPress and does seem like a good fit for use as a quick online portfolio site.

Regardless of the site used, I recommend developing an online design portfolio AFTER developing the digital or print version. This would mean one follows the steps of traditional portfolio development in terms of: 1 assessing goals, interests: 2 creating inventories of work and fine tuning projects, 3 developing a clear visual direction for the portfolio. This will lead to developing the “portfolio page graphics” (consistent title-block, graphics and layout) in in-design or similar software and then uploading those pages to a blog/website service such as WordPress, WIX or Google Bloger..

Here are links to the website services I mentioned:

https://wordpress.com

http://www.wix.com/

http://www.blogger.com.

Also you can search for Google

US Housing Size | Back to Big

While looking for updating information on the US housing market for a new edition of Residential Interior Design I found that:

The recent recession brought the first decrease in average American home size with new single-family homes almost 100 square feet smaller in 2009 than in 2007” According to NAHB (2010).

That decrease was relatively short-lived with average home size reaching new high of 2,679 square feet in 2013.

So we are back to big, I guess. Yet at the same time there is increased interest in “tiny houses”. (See recent post). Additionally, there is a movement back to cities with adaptive re-use of buildings for residential units (and related issues of gentrification). It will be interesting to watch how these approaches to housing evolve over time.