In 2012, we looked at options to show and share our creative portfolios. Portfolio sites show ads and track their users, we did not want that. We could make standalone portfolio sites, but then we can't communicate with other creative minds.
So we designed a platform where we wanted to see our own projects on: straightforward to use, no ads, and respecting our privacy. We called it penccil, in reverence to the simplest and most fundamental tool for creativity.
We made penccil to bring creative people together and to make creative expression accessible to all. Therefore we charge no fees, place no cookies, run no syndicated ads, and refuse user tracking.
Until today, penccil is still the only major platform for creative people without user tracking.
Testing 6 major platforms for creative people with Ghostery
, an app to detect tracking software, only penccil comes out tracker-free. The results:
penccil: Zero trackers
behance: 4 trackers
artstation: 7 trackers
deviantart: 4 trackers
dribbble: 8 trackers
ello: 10 trackers
Why you should care about user tracking:
penccil was designed by Mario Gagliardi Design