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.
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.
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.
Squarespace 7.1 (latest version) intro, what is Squarespace (SaaS)
Choosing a domain name
Name.com, name+discipline.com, studioiris.com
Choosing a plan
Create a sitemap (wireframe), rough site content/assets
Start – site content, about / cv / statement, assets, logo, colors, fonts
Style themes – Global style changes to your site, section styles.
Versatile template – Templates interchangeable
Add pages/understanding of navigation
Block, Gallery, Collection, Footer Sections
Complete site content, about / cv / statement content, etc
Header / Footer
Header and footer layouts
Banner images – Add banners to any page
Mobile Styling editable parameters, and automatic mobile styling – sites adapting to mobile view.
Pages and content
Images and video
Design, Logo & Title / Design, Site Styles
Site Design & Styles, Texts, Buttons
Blog / Ecommerce
SEO / Marketing
Settings, Social Links
Google Search, Google Search Console (submitting to indexes)
Lab, Questions, Presentation