Chelsea Michal GarterMade
I am an artist, not a website designer, and for years I was on the hunt to display my portfolio online in the simplest way. When sharing your art, you want IT to be what speaks, not the site it's on, so I knew I needed my website to be quiet, not flashy. It was a really frustrating process, until we found Minimal. I have never been so happy with a website! It meets all my needs. It's clean and crisp, and simple. If I have any issues they are so helpful and quick to respond to me. Exactly what I had been hoping for to proudly display my work.
I'm a photographer, so when I went to put my online portfolio together I wanted something that was simple and hassle free. After surveying options like Kokin and Squarespace - sites that are specifically designed for photographers - I kept coming back to Minimal. It had the right feel, the right look, the simplicity, and the charm. It wasn't easy deciding which route to take, so I went with my gut. Over 3 years later my experience has been nothing but awesome. Any issues or questions that I have are answered quickly, and with service that goes above and beyond.
There are hundreds of online portfolio themes to choose from, but as an editorial illustrator it was especially important for me to choose a theme that made my work the focal point of every page. I wanted for art directors to be able to quickly associate one of my illustrations with a publication by utilizing image captions. Overall speed, as well as offering the abilty for viewers to easily navigate from one image to the next within a gallery were other considerations that led me to choosing the Made theme by Minimal.
Over the years I've used photography wordpress themes from pretty much all the major providers. I recently found Minimal and fell in love with the simplicity of their themes. In my opinion, too many options on the backend can be overwhelming and I appreciate that Minimal keeps things simple. Another aspect that attracted me to Minimal was the site loading speed. Photo Buyers that are visiting my site need to move quickly through the imagery. If an image, or page, takes too long to load a prospective client may have already moved on. The customer support has also been very responsive and quick to supply a solution for any questions that I have had.
When looking to redesign my website I was drawn to the simplicity of WordPress, but I could not find a WordPress portfolio theme that presented my photographs in a non-distracting way. Minimal had by far the cleanest and most elegant themes for artists and photographers. Having never used WordPress previously I found the interface to be very easy and intuitive. Whenever I encountered an obstacle the support team was very responsive and helpful.
Minimal made it easy for me to create a beautiful online presence for my studio. By offering a straightforward solution and customer support I can trust, I am able to get off of the computer and back into the physical component of my work. My WordPress portfolio theme is clean, focused and defies the typical WordPress theme look.
My long and frustrating search for a photography Wordpress theme finally came to an end when I found the themes by Minimal. I wanted to keep the focus and attention on my photographs, therefore the theme needed to have a clean and minimalist layout, without superfluous design elements that obstruct valuable screen space and distract from content. Minimal's Made theme ticks all these boxes. It has a beautiful minimalist design, it is easy to set up, highly customisable, and is extremely fast-loading!