This post is a translation of "The Manual design. The modern designer's guide to everything ", included in the September issue of the British magazine Computer Arts.
There are 10 tips that can serve both designers and illustrators to enhance your portfolio. I found it interesting so I decided to translate it for you.
10 tips to improve your portfolio.
Put the best, say no to landfill.
Resist the temptation to put in your portfolio ancient and irrelevant jobs. to have only the best and most shocking. Do not forget this, it's essential. Portfolios need constant attention, you never know when a good agent or a good client can be locked in your website.
The number of the beast
How many examples must include a portfolio?
It is a difficult question, but you must have at least 20 jobs for a physical portfolio and at least 30 for your online portfolio.
You must demonstrate a breadth and variety in your work, so if you select multiple projects, ensures that you are unique and impress each individually.
What is your job?
Include in your portfolio only what fits the job profile you are looking for.
If you want to be creative director, for example, will not have many end gear (maybe none).
Everything is written.
Write notes to talk about your experience and your work.
Illustrators and designers are hired not only for style but also for the clarity with which interpret a job.
Make it clear why each example of the portfolio.
Are you a good illustration or editorial design?
Of course not, you're also a good creative who understands the importance of deadlines and meetings and corrections.
Make sure your portfolio remains well reflected this, if only with notes.
Do not think your porftolio simply as a collection of your art and design work.
You can show a case study of some work (briefly) and demonstrate how capable you are professionally.
Numbers, guides and favorites.
What do I see an interesting web Cundo, read a good article on a blog or other work you see that you like? The trademarks / save as favorites.
Those who see your portfolio can do the same, so be sure to include page numbers for each job and clear your portfolio titles.
Experienced entrepreneurs, project managers and agents know how to match a CV of a portfolio and measure the strengths and weaknesses of character, warts and all.
So critical is your portfolio. Is it very hard? Too frivolous?
Create a balance in your qualities in which your skills are displayed.
Adapt your work.
This is a moot point, some of illustrators discourage agents adapt the portfolio to the tone of the project or job you want to get, so adjustment is recommended in quotes, being better show a greater diversity of styles and projects.
Even if you consider that some of your work if you think it is irrelevant to compare your styles. If doubts about that, do not include it.
The projects that are strictly in your area call all the time and effort into them and it's something that just is recommended, especially for freelance work. But think about other skills you may have. For example, if you also like photography or code, why not include examples from your photos or from your web designs?.
Displays all your creative abilities.
- I hope this post will serve somebody.
I apologize for the translation, I have translated some texts in my own way because I did not understand some words or contexts. I promise to learn more English and better future occasions translate the texts.