Does your design portfolio showcase the real artist in you? I am asking this question because there is a bit disparity between designers and employers about what the designers are offering and what employers are actually looking for.
Lazying around on the beach won't help. You have to take some steps to get yourself noticed. We've here pulled together some tips for you to prepare a great design portfolio. Here, have a look at them:
1. Your portfolio is a story about you
Enough said! Your portfolio says a lot about you and your artwork. People say that your portfolio is merely a selling tool for you in the market. But, trust me it's more than that. It focuses on what type of software you work and what type of artwork you prefer creating. It's good to showcase your story and your design portfolio is your tool to do that.
2. Make sure projects in your portfolio are no longer than 3 years
It is very important to consider including those projects which are close to the time. You can include bigger projects in your portfolio because it would've taken some time to complete also. A good strategy is to prioritise your commercial work according to the employer.
3. Include killer content
Resist your feeling to include everything in your design portfolio. Don't bulk it up with unnecessary piece of work. Keep it simple and killer.
4. Keep it close to the job role
Try to include those projects which stays close to the job you are applying to. Include examples appropriate to the job. For example, if you are applying for the post of creative director, then there is no need to include too much of artwork.
5. Keep it brief
Your portfolio shouldn't consume much time of the employer. So, it is best to keep your portfolio brief and short. Keep is straight and when asked use examples how you accomplished your work.
6. Know what you want to do as a designer
Knowing what type of designs you particularly want to make helps you create a more engaging portfolio. It is an important practice because it explains in what field of design you want to work and make artwork. For example, you like to render 3D objects so may be you are interested to work in the 3D industry.
7. Professional Skills
Make sure your design portfolio not only put you as a designer with a good eye for design in front of the employer, but also professional skills like meeting deadlines, reporting on time. Make sure your portfolio shows that you have these skills.
It is important to stay close to the design theme. However, your design portfolio will work as a projector to showcase your art to the outside world. Make sure to keep the above tips in handy before designing one.