How to prepare your arsenal

09/14/2009 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

RolandoAside from your resume, a solid portfolio is one of the most important tools for a designer.

It takes time and dedication to build a good portfolio, but the extra effort can mean the difference between a foot in the door and a “we’ll keep your application on file.” Before you submit your portfolio to a potential employer, here are five tips on getting your “arsenal” submission-ready:

  • Presentation.  Don’t put your work into a plain 1-inch binder.  You’ve spent countless hours on your pieces, so go all out and buy a professional (i.e. leather) portfolio.
  • Quality, not quantity.  Do not put everything you’ve created in the past four years into your portfolio.  Employers don’t want to sit there and look at all of your work.  Find your best 10 to 15 pieces and display them professionally.
  • Explanation.  Make sure to add a small paragraph to each of your pieces, explaining your thoughts and the work’s creative process. Sometimes employers like to see how you think and solve problems that they may have in the future.
  • Organization.  It doesn’t hurt to organize your portfolio.  Dividers are a good way to show your versatility on the different types of projects you’ve been able to work on.  Page numbers are also a nice touch.
  • Creativity.  Be creative in your approach.  Have a theme that ties in your personality to your work.  Nice color schemes and legible typefaces are also aspects of your theme that need to considered.  Be different – but not too different.  Let your work do the talking.
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