What does your portfolio look like?

Preparing your portfolio

There are many types of designers and several different ways to create and present a portfolio. The longer you work, the more experience and finished work you have to choose from. Thus the harder it becomes to decide which stays in your portfolio, and which goes in the archive (and in some instances: the trash!).

Any designer will tell you, it’s hard to work on and prepare your own portfolio.

In today’s podcast episode, Jessica and Dan discuss their respective portfolio methods and approaches. Dan just finished completing his and Jessica is going through reconfiguring hers. They are both very different. There is no right or wrong way to organize the collection of work since your area of expertise is the number one factor to consider, among others.

Some portfolios have multiple categories, and others have just one. For those with multiple categories, there is an option to have a single collection with filters, or separate pages for each. Other portfolios have more extensive case study content to provide details about the project process. Many people say “less is more”. Others would suggest that the more details provided, the better. Is there an in-between?

What does your portfolio look like?

We’d love to hear from you. How you have planned, worked on, and presented your design portfolio? How has your portfolio of work changed over the years, or are you struggling to figure out the best way to make it work?

Join the discussion on our Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud pages. We’d love to hear how you go about collecting, displaying, and archiving samples of your work and even share it with us!