So, I’ve now switched my online portfolio from Behance to Flickr. Why? Well…were to begin…?Moving the portfolio over was just one of many things that I plan on changing in my life in the near future. It was painful (as in a pain in the ass), but just getting it done was satisfying. Let's see where it takes me. LN
First, let’s get this out of the way: Although I love Photography & Graphic Design, and I am always ready & willing to do business, currently, that biz is nowhere near my main source of income. The fact is 1) there are loads more people out there with better talent, experience & equipment than me, and 2) my personal & financial obligations prevent me from pursuing my passion as a full-time job. Yes, I keep a run-of-the-mill 8-5 day job.
Therefore, why spend the time & money to develop some lovely, flashy website to display my work? In 2009, Behance & Flickr were the best choices I had for a free portfolio site. I chose Behance for the user-friendliness, safety for my images & cleaner design. (OK…so I’m cheap, and I knew there was a get-what-you-NOT-pay-for factor.)
Over those 5 years, they have made as many or more updates/re-designs, each of which, contrary to what their developers claimed, did not lead to a better user-experience. (And of those changes, I can only remember one that had a Beta-test phase.) The latest one in January was the last straw.
So, now, what was the comparison in 2009 is very much the reverse in 2014. Although, it could still use a cleaner design, the control you have with Flickr is much better. Better display options, too. Eventually, maybe I’ll go with their reasonably-priced Pro site. And, by the way, at least Flickr has a sense of humor.
Also, Behance got bought out by Adobe. I didn’t mind that at first, but a little later Adobe announced the CS “Creative Cloud”. Besides price-gouging and monopolizing, the Borg from Star Trek: Next Gen comes to mind. And with that, I realized it will just be a matter of time until it will become a controlling pay site as well (i.e. ASSIMILATION)
There’s other reasons, including having had one photo lifted without permission (or credit) due to its display on Behance. However, I will keep my profile there simply because I worked too hard to build it up & the connections I’ve made. Just that new projects & updates will be on Flickr.