The presentation of your work is one of the most essential factors in the success of your graphic design portfolio. Even if your work is absolutely stunning, it won’t speak for itself if the presentation isn’t equally strong.
In Denise Bosler’s Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp, she’ll show you the best way to develop and perfect a winning graphic design portfolio to help you land your ideal job or clients.
Whether you’re refreshing your portfolio, creating a new print or digital portfolio, or you’re looking to attract a freelance following, this course will help you present your work in an eye-catching, impressive way. In this course, Denise will help you navigate the process of creating a knockout portfolio that not only reflects your talent, but also puts your work in front of the people who need to see it.
At the end of the course, you’ll be armed with a fresh portfolio and poised to take the design world by storm.
Want a sneak peek? Here are a few of Denise’s tips for presenting your work from the course:
Tips for Presenting Work in Your Graphic Design Portfolio
Create thumbnails for each of your projects.
Sketch out your desired look. Do you show everything in one large image or show it in a series of smaller images? What do you want to show off? Do you want to show a zoomed view? Do you want the view to be from above, or from the side? Think like a movie director—zoom in, shoot from different angles and learn when to say, “That’s a wrap.”
Show the strengths and hide the weaknesses.
Do you love the business card but hate that you had to compromise on the envelope design? Don’t show the envelope. You think the annual report’s financial pages are boring? Don’t show them. Show what you’re proud of and think will interest a potential employer or client. Present your creativity at its best.
Customize templates to suit your needs.
Most image templates provide layered files. If your project doesn’t have a journal or rubber stamp, eliminate those layers. In addition, move objects around to create an arrangement that works for your project. You don’t have to use the templates as is.
Show your development process (when it’s relevant).
Consider showing development work if you think other design concepts had merit. Art directors love to see concept sketches. It gives them insight as to how you think
Work at 300 dpi at whenever possible.
Develop your portfolio images with print in mind, even if you’re creating an online portfolio. You never know when work will need printing. Downsizing for the web is easy once the files are assembled.
Venture beyond pre-made templates.
The exception to using pre-made templates is custom work, unusual formats and packaging. You may need to do your own photography or create a digital mock-up. The same rules apply: Show the strengths, and hide the weaknesses. Photography is tricky. If photography isn’t your strong suit, seek out the assistance of a friend or professional.
Want to learn more? Register for Denise Bosler’s Preparing Your Portfolio Bootcamp!