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Trying to build a portfolio

Hey gang. I'm sure there are other people out there that are wondering the same thing as me. I am trying to break into the Development game but I have no previous experience. I know the best way to show that I can do what is asked of me for an entry level position is to build a portfolio site and show it off.

My only problem is I have nothing to put into my portfolio. That brings me to the next problem.

I feel like my development skills are fairly good but my design skills are horrible. I was wondering if there is anywhere I could get site designs that are code free so I can write up the code and use them as part of my portfolio.

Obviously I would give credit to the designer. But I really need some way other then what I have created here on Treehouse.

Any thoughts?

3 Answers

Nicholas Olsen
Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

I'm with you. I've been thinking recently it would be nice to get some collaborations together from people here on treehouse. For example, if you're interested in front-end development, then you can find a designer and WordPress developer who are also trying to create a portfolio and work on creating some WordPress themes.

As far as finding templates without code, there are PSD templates out there you can use. For paid options, check out themeforest.net under the PSD menu. Those templates run about $10 to $15 dollars each. There is also CreativeMarket which I like.

For free options, you may be able to find stuff on freebbble. I did a Google search for "free psd templates" and found freebiesbug.com.

So there are some options out there, you're definitely going to need photoshop to work with PSDs. If you can afford $25/month for the new CC version, you should be good to go. There may be other options for working with PSDs but I'm not really familiar with them.

I'm personally looking to build a portfolio as well, so if you'd like to brainstorm for some collaborations, lets get together.

Idea: We can create a web application to help treehouse members collaborate! I actually did this once before with a really messy Ruby on Rails app. I'd like to try it again with Node.

Those are all great places. Thanks.

I love the idea of collaboration between developers and designers on this site. We have a great community here.

It would be nice to be able to work with people to build a better portfolio for all. Plus it would give everyone the experience of working on a team together.

Nicholas Olsen
Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

Hey Ted,

How are things coming along for you?

I've decided to start gathering PSD templates to start coding them up for practice. I'd like to make them available for others to download through a website, obviously I would credit the original designers.

Would you like to work together? We can meet up some time on skype, or whatever may be most comfortable for you and organize our efforts. Maybe we can get a nice little website going with some good portfolio pieces. :D

Let me know!