What is a portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of your best work. It can be in any format, but it’s typically a physical or digital collection of your work.
Who should have one?
The ones that can benefit the most from having a portfolio are:
➡️ Graphic Designers
➡️ Illustrators and Artists
➡️ Logo Designers
➡️ Web Designers
➡️ and Developers
Why it’s essential to have one?
It’s absolutely crucial to have a professional-looking portfolio because it’s the first thing to make an impression on a potential employer, client, or business partner. When you don’t have a portfolio, it’s like having a blank canvas in front of people. They have to take your word for it that you’re good at what you do. It’s often the first impression that matters the most!It's absolutely crucial to have a professional-looking portfolio because it's the first thing to make an impression on a potential employer, client, or business partner. #portfolio Click To Tweet
How to make your own portfolio?
Now you know the importance of having a portfolio, it’s time to start making one. If you have a physical portfolio, it can be as simple as putting your best work together in one place that looks professional. If you create digital portfolios, there are several ways to save and organize your work.
Step 1: Evaluate your work.
Take a look through your previous projects and make a mental note or list of those that impacted you. What about them made you think they were great? Take a closer look at these projects, and make sure to select only the best pieces for your portfolio.
Step 2: Organize your work.
Once you have your best work selected, it’s time to organize. If you have a digital portfolio, you can create different folders for each type of work or project. But if you have a physical portfolio, try group your projects by topic or style.
Step 3: Create a design for your portfolio
If you’re creating a digital portfolio, you’ll want to create a design for it that looks professional. If you’re creating a physical portfolio, you’ll want to make sure the layout is clean and easy to read.
Step 4: Present your work.
No matter how great your work is, if it’s not presented well, it won’t make a good impression on anyone. If you have a physical portfolio, make sure your work is clean and looks fresh. For digital portfolios, keep the design of your website or blog consistent so that it’s easy to navigate and read.
Some fantastic tools to create your portfolio
There are many more, but the ones I listed above are the most popular ones.
What to include in your portfolio?
Here’s a list of the types of projects or work you should consider including in your portfolio:
- Graphic design work
- Web design work
- Web development work
- Illustration work
- Logo design
- Tutorials or articles you have written on design topics
Remember, this is just a guide. You can choose to include other types of projects, but make sure it’s a good representation of everything you can do.
Your portfolio is your best work in one place, showing potential employers what you do and who you are as a designer! It will help convince them that they need you on their team or as a client. Keep this in mind as you create your portfolio, and you’ll be on the right track!Your portfolio is your best work in one place, showing potential employers what you do and who you are as a designer! #portfolio Click To Tweet
What shouldn’t you include in your portfolio?
Are there also things you shouldn’t include in your portfolio? Yes, there are a few as well.
- Old work that doesn’t represent where you are now as a designer
- Work that isn’t yours
- Your full resume
If, for whatever reason, you have to include your resume, don’t include it in your portfolio because this is not the time or place to do so. Your resume should be separate from your portfolio.
The most important thing to remember is that your portfolio should only include your best work! So, take your time and make sure everything included is something you’re proud of. It’s worth the effort because a great portfolio can help you get the job or client you want!
Additional tips for creating a successful portfolio.
Some final tips in creating your portfolio:
· Make sure you have a great design
· Keep in your portfolio simple and to the point
· Show that you have passion for what you do
· Showcase only your best work! Don’t include everything you’ve ever created just because it exists. Use your discretion.
· Be selective about the projects/work you include
· Use a consistent design for your digital portfolio
When creating your portfolio, use this tip to help you decide what to include: Include only the work that represents you best as a designer. If something doesn’t define who you are or what you do, leave it out! You can always create different portfolios for design versus web design or personal projects versus client projects.
Good luck and happy portfolio creating! 🙂