Portfolio Tips – Reviewing YOUR Design Work – Part 1

What makes for a good design portfolio? How should you organize your portfolio? What projects should you show in a portfolio? How do you present and talk about your portfolio work?
Watch Part 2 πŸ‘‰ https://youtu.be/gQX8mVLm6D8

In this video, Matthew and Petrula break down the MUST haves in a portfolio. They talk about out the do’s and don’ts in a portfolio and how little things like your contact form will affect whether they do or not.

πŸ‘‰ Additional Portfolio Resources:
4 tips to Improve Your Design Portfolio: https://youtu.be/WaEdfmg3x4E
Portfolio Submission Tips: https://youtu.be/onvdHlv0p-Q
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πŸ“ Episode breakdown

1:02 – What do we look for in portfolios?
1. First impression
2. Consistency
3. Clarity and Context
4. Your unique POV. The person behind the work.

3:25 – Harsh Chelani’s portfolio. Freelance brand Identity designer from India.
6:45 – Does it matter if the work was done for a real client?
7:25 – What problems did you solve as a designer?
9:30 – The importance of showing process and how you think.
10:00 – People hire the least risky option.
11:45 – Rohit Raj’s portfolio. Freelance self-taught brand strategist.
12:50 – On your website, where do you put your best work? Top left.
13:25 – Spelling errors can be a sign that you can’t be trusted.
15:40 – Make sure the roles and context is clear
16:40 – Tips on showing your process work
19:50 – Why is relative scale important?
24:00 – Present your work clearly.
25:35 – Kevin Lawrence’s Portfolio. Looking to get a job as a web designer.
29:00 – Highlight insights to show how you’ve formed your design solution.
30:25 – How to talk about yourself and show your personality.
33:50 – Have empathy for the viewer.
35:00 – Make your descriptions concise.
36:00 – Make your design decisions clear. Why did you choose a color? How does this solve the challenge?
37:00 – Your work does not speak for itself. Explain your work.
39:30 – Do you use your name for your portfolio or a studio or alias?
41:00 – Make it easy to contact you for work.
45:00 – Petrula and Matthew’s TOP portfolio tips and episode recap.

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