5 ways to build a great portfolio

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What is a portfolio?

Your portfolio is an extension of you. It's a physical showcase of a personal brand. Here are five tips to assist you in creating a market-ready portfolio!

1. Leverage your Portfolio

Find a platform right for you. These platforms are intuitive and allow you to display your work to potential employers and prospective clients. Find comparison sites that showcase the benefits of each platform and test them!

2. Make it Responsive

As we start to use our phones and tablets more, your portfolio should be able to adapt. Make sure your portfolio is responsive. Portfolios act as an in-sample of your creative skills.

Ask yourself these questions whilst building. →

Who will see this? Why would they want to work with you?

What makes you different?

How do your skills make you special?


3. Highlight your best designs:

Clients and employers want to see you at your best. So tell them that story. Curate your work so that it's compelling, design your portfolio around your skills and be sure to include your personality! Make a great first impression. You want to make sure that it's an honest reflection of your experiences and your experiences.

In curation, make sure you include relevant information. Include your name and where they can find more of your work. But you don't necessarily need to add your entire educational background; that's what your CV is for.

Think about your tone here too. How do you want to come across within this portfolio? Conversational and friendly? Analytical?


4. Showcase your design process


Storytelling your design process is more important than the design itself. Tell the viewer what you learned about the user, how you learned it and how your product meets their needs. Share your rationale and think of your work by including:

  • A short description that explains your project, people responsibilities. A client or employer should be able to understand your project at a glance.
  • Process sketches, mood boards, wireframes & any other UX design process element that illustrates your decision making. But don't just throw them in; make sure you add context to these projects.

But remember to be selective. The last thing you want is to bombard your viewer with screenshots and information galore. Processing information can be tricky, and you don't want them to feel over.

5. Iterate and Improve

To continuously improve your work, share your portfolio! You can gain constructive feedback from your peers and build your confidence. By sharing your work, you'll be building your online presence, and your work might even land your portfolio in front of an employer.

Did you know that students of Love Circular have unlimited portfolio reviews? Tag us on social @lovecircular & #LoveCircular


Remember:


Make sure your pages are straightforward and easy to navigate! Does your case study page to your about you section?
Show you! This is your portfolio; only you can tell your story. You might even want to add some photos of yourself to make it more personable.
Think about the purpose of your portfolio - remember to add a relevant call to actions, like how they can get in touch with you.

As you develop your skills, your portfolio will grow - remember to keep updating it. Ensure your portfolio is a constant reflection on the type of work that you want to do and your career objectives, and how you'll get there.