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How to put together a portfolio that makes you stand out

Updated: Jan 27, 2023



Design portfolios are a great way to showcase your work and set yourself apart from other designers. Here are some tips for putting together a portfolio that will help you stand out:


  1. Focus on quality over quantity. It's better to have a smaller number of well-crafted projects than a large number of mediocre ones.

  2. Choose your best work. Your portfolio should include your best and most impressive work, as it will give potential clients and employers an idea of your skills and abilities. This is not the time to include mediocre or unfinished projects.

  3. Be selective. Don't include every project you've ever worked on. Instead, choose a few key projects that demonstrate your range and capabilities as a designer.

  4. Tell a story. Your portfolio should not just be a collection of random projects, but rather a cohesive narrative that showcases your design process and the results you've achieved. In addition to showing the final product, consider including sketches, wireframes, and other examples of your design process. This will give potential employers a better understanding of your design thinking and problem-solving skills.

  5. Keep it up to date: Make sure to regularly update your portfolio with your latest work. This will show that you are actively working as a designer and that you are constantly improving and learning new skills.

  6. Use a clean and simple layout. A cluttered or overly complicated layout can distract from your work. Keep it simple and let your projects speak for themselves.

  7. Use high-quality images. Make sure to use high-resolution images of your work so that it looks its best when viewed online or in print.

  8. Customise your portfolio for each audience. If you're applying for a job at a specific company, customise your portfolio to highlight projects and skills that are relevant to that company.

  9. Proofread: Make sure to proofread your portfolio for spelling and grammar mistakes. Attention to detail is important in design, and a portfolio with errors reflects poorly on your skills.

Final tip - Present your portfolio on a website - especially if you are trying to show off your UI skills!


Liam Pietzka

Director/Product and Digital Recruiter | Brightbox Consulting

E: liam@brightboxconsulting.com.au

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