, a portfolio-builder geared towards artists and designers, grew out of SpaceCollective.org, an art project and experiment in digital community interaction, which was active during the mid-aughts. It allowed users to create customizable, freestanding websites that also functioned as personal profiles—something between a portfolio and a blog. (In its original iteration, the platform was invite-only, lending it a certain caché.)
These days, Cargo offers the standard array of portfolio-building tools and is especially popular among graphic designers. In 2017, the company launched a redesigned version of the platform, Cargo 2. “We wanted to take advantage of more robust browser technologies, maturing web typography, increasingly elegant image handling, e-commerce, and the abundance of open-source products,” said co-founder Folkert Gorter.
Gorter emphasizes that the platform has always been driven and maintained by artists and creatives from diverse disciplines. “At any given time during our nine-year history, our team has consisted of filmmakers, musicians, interior decorators, graphic novelists—all designing, programming, and supporting Cargo.”
Other options: Another portfolio option favored by designers and creative agencies is Semplice, a WordPress-based website builder that charges a one-time fee, rather than offering a subscription service.