Unfortunately I was unable to attend the 2014 Design Thinkers conference in Toronto this year but as a designer even if you are unable to attend these fantastic events you should still be trying to learn and improve yourself anyway you can.
This week I took the time to review some online webinars posted on the RGD website. One in particular was by Russell Gibbs and it was on the topic of building a process portfolio which I will be starting to build next semester. My teachers have already started giving us information relating to building a process portfolio but you can never know to much when building something that is showcasing your skills for your potential employers.
I find typing or writing out the information helps me retain it better than just listening to someone speak, below I typed out what I felt were the important points of the first half of his webinar. Hopefully this will be helpful to other students or young designers who are in the field and trying to build a strong portfolio!
Creating and Effective Design Portfolio
By: Russell Gibbs
What is a Portfolio?
A Representation of your best works
Keep in Mind…..
Sometimes you may not be able to explain every detail of your portfolio to the person viewing it so it is important that your work speaks for itself and provides the viewer with clear self explanatory visual.
The portfolio you create should show case your talents and personality.
What format should be used digital or print?
What format suits your work the best?
Interactive, App, Web Design, etc. = Digital
Illustration, Branding, etc. = Print
Either one works as long as its professional and well thought out.
How Many pieces should be in a process portfolio?
8-12 projects (not pages, projects)
Find a happy medium, not too sparse and not too overwhelming
What should you include in your portfolio?
SHOW THAT YOU CAN THINK IN MORE THAN ONE MEDIUM
Choose a diverse range of work to put in your portfolio. Don’t limit yourself by focusing on just one specific area of design. Obviously you want to showcase your stronger talents but make sure that you are giving the person viewing the portfolio a variety of work so that you aren’t limiting your employment opportunities by just focusing on just one area of talent.
How do I show my work?
Scan or take Photographs?
If you want to take pictures, make sure you have the skill level to do it properly.
Should I show my Roughs?
If it enhances your projects, Yes. If it doesn’t mean anything or add anything, leave them out.
If you don’t have roughs, don’t recreate them.
How do You organize your work?
START STRONG FINISH STRONG AND GIVE YOUR PORTFOLIO A SOLID MIDDLE
Keep your work consistent and leave them wanting more
Consider your portfolio as a story, your story.
What projects are where?
What is the evolution of the story?
How is it flowing together?
Play with the composition, be unique. The effort you put into your portfolio because it shows.
Remember: Layouts can be whatever you want them to be just make sure whatever you do makes sense.
Check and re-check your work, give it to a friend or several friends to check as well.
Spelling errors are not acceptable.
Consider the competition.
Does your book hold up against the stronger students in your class or program?
For the complete webinar click the link below: