Websites with Squarespace – Your Online CV

(5 customer reviews)

$480.00

Online 7-Week Class

Design, Build, Share. This class will help you build a portfolio / CV website from start to finish. Using the Squarespace online platform, you will learn how to select and register a domain name, work with page layout templates and design, add your portfolio images and text content, style your site and ultimately publish it to the web.  Classes generally last about 2 – 3 per week.

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July 14th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Tuesdays) IN-STUDIO
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July 15th, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Wednesdays) ONLINE
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September 15th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Tuesdays) IN-STUDIO
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September 16th, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Wednesdays) ONLINE
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Description

Design, Build, Share. This class will help you build a portfolio / CV website from start to finish. Using the Squarespace online platform, you will learn how to select and register a domain name, work with page layout templates and design, add your portfolio images and text content, style your site and ultimately publish it to the web.

As an artist, you’ve certainly accumulated a body of work.  You keep a running CV, post on social media and perhaps, exhibit your creations. But, having a permanent place online to display your work, describe your goals and keep people up to speed on what you’re doing can be not only a critical step in advancing your reach but also very rewarding. Having a website is a great way to share your work easily.

With Squarespace and it’s a unique visual design tool, you can create content using a very DIY approach. Themes and layouts are easily accessible via the interface and present various page layout and design starting points. Squarespace is known for it’s clean, simple and modern looking designs so it lends itself quite well to creatives and artists. The page designs can be edited globally so that a uniform design look can be easily maintained. Adding and changing content is simple and intuitive, as the content is separated from design. Need to add images, or modify text? Just change or add the content and the styling is already there.

Materials required:

Registered Squarespace account.

Minimum of 10 jpeg images (min 1800px) of your work to use in the site design. Bring more if you wish, but please choose images you want to use ahead of time.

Full or partial CV to work with.

Draft “Bio” and “Artist Statement”

Website examples you like.

Instructor

Thomas Bock

Thomas Bock is an experienced photographer based in Chicago with a diverse range of photography skills, from portraits and concerts to events, lifestyle and street photography. He is also a freelance web designer specializing in WordPress, Squarespace and WooCommerce, social media and SEO. Thomas is a born and raised Chicagoan, but has spent time living in Wisconsin and most recently, 7 years in Montréal, with his wife, 3 children, and French Canadian cat Terra Inca Reine de mars.

When not doing photo or web freelance work, he can likely be found pressed up against a stage somewhere taking photos for lostinconcert.com, for which he is Chicago Editor / Webmaster / Photographer / Writer, or in a studio somewhere recording guitars, experimenting with synth sounds or producing music in Ableton Live. He’s also on an eternal quest to locate the best tacos in Chicago.

Material Needed

  • Registered Squarespace account (We can help you set this up).
  • Minimum of 10 jpeg images (min 1800px) of your work to use in the site design. Bring more if you wish, but please choose images you want to use ahead of time.
  • Full or partial CV to work with.
  • Draft “Bio” and “Artist Statement”
  • Website examples you like.

Course Outline

Week 1

Squarespace 7.1 (latest version) intro, what is Squarespace (SaaS)

Choosing a domain name

Name.com, name+discipline.com, studioiris.com

Choosing a plan

https://www.squarespace.com/pricing

Templates Intro

Create a sitemap (wireframe), rough site content/assets

Start – site content, about / cv / statement, assets, logo, colors, fonts

Week 2

Dashboard Tour

Templates

Style themes – Global style changes to your site, section styles.

Versatile template – Templates interchangeable

Add pages/understanding of navigation

Week 3

Page Sections

Block, Gallery, Collection, Footer Sections

https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027987711

Complete site content, about / cv / statement content, etc

Week 4

Header / Footer

Header and footer layouts

Banner Sections

Banner images – Add banners to any page

Mobile Styling editable parameters, and automatic mobile styling – sites adapting to mobile view.

Week 5

Pages and content

Images and video

Design, Logo & Title / Design, Site Styles

Site Design & Styles, Texts, Buttons

Week 6

Blog / Ecommerce

SEO / Marketing

Settings, Social Links

Google Search, Google Search Console (submitting to indexes)

Site Maintenance

Week 7

Site Maintenance

Lab, Questions, Presentation

5 reviews for Websites with Squarespace – Your Online CV

  1. Tamara Walker

    This course was exactly what It was looking for to set up a website for my photography. I came into this class knowing a few basics about Squarespace. The instructor was very knowledgeable and accessible for any questions. Now I know so much more about the functionality and possibilities of this software. By the end of the class I had an effective, beautiful and professional looking website to showcase my photography. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to create their own site using Squarespace.

  2. Maria

    Great class!! So happy to finally have a website. Tom was a great instructor and very patient.

  3. Carma Lynn Park

    Tom was great! He was patient with us and very available for all kinds of issues–he went above and beyond. I appreciated that he gave us technical information on setting up our websites, and was also helpful regarding esthetic / design issues. 2-in-1!

  4. Renee Zorc

    Tom did a great job teaching this class. He ensured we were successful and acknowledged each person’s individual needs for her own Squarespace site and what each needed. He was great in answering emails when we were “stuck” in order to get us back on track so we could continue on our own. Classes were filled with feedback and trouble shooting! I am very pleased that I took this class!

  5. Kambua

    I’m so grateful to Thomas for being such a wonderful instructor. I was determined to take his class and I’m glad I had friends who were willing to go on this journey with me an instructor who gave so much of himself to ensuring we were at our best.

    We had an incredible time sharing ideas and best ways to show case our photography. Thomas was super helpful in availing himself to us in class and privately if we needed any further assistance on the phone or zoom.

    Creating my own website was a milestone that has taken ages to achieve and I’m glad to have had Thomas and all the other wonderful women in the class go on this incredible creative journey with me. Thank you so much Thomas, Carma, Barbara and Renee!

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