I think that every professional in our industry deserves a good portfolio. Far too often have I seen well-intentioned students grab a domain name and slap up a basic infrastructure with the text "more to come soon." I tend to check back because I am interested in what friends and colleagues are up to, but I rarely see anything new.
Granted, these people generally do a lot behind the scenes because this is what they are interested in. They like to set up content management systems or write their own code. I went the other route with my portfolio: I just used Dreamweaver to put something together fairly quickly. I don't even know if it is completely valid HTML or CSS. My friends would cringe at the thought! :)
I'm glad I decided to go this way, if for no other reason than the fact that it's been really easy to actually add the content. I have no desire or need to update the back end to the latest and greatest, so I can concentrate on what really counts to me. I love being able to add information about my latest school projects or cool graphics I've made.
Which brings me to the real point of this post: to showcase my portfolio! I am planning to change hosts and my new domain gailcarmichael.com will eventually point to the portfolio instead of redirecting to this blog, but until then, check me out at http://www.scs.carleton.ca/~gbanaszk/. Drop me a comment if you liked anything you saw, or better yet, tell me where to find your portfolio!