The advent of the Internet has enabled employers to easily access portfolios and has helped artists share them in seconds. However, there’s a difference between designing a beautiful portfolio and creating a portfolio that will get you a job. Our very own Dan Dao recently doled out some tips on Mashable about how to ensure that your portfolio is a success.
Fancy designs may be appealing artistically, but keeping the portfolio design simple and sleek comes across as more professional than overdone graphics, which can actually overshadow one’s actual work.
Making it User-Friendly
Limiting the amount of links and scrolling within the portfolio makes it easier for users to see all of the work. Having varied types of work is important, too, so that designers can see flexibility in the designs.
This is key. It’s imperative for all of the work to be categorized neatly and efficiently so that user navigation is simple, and that people don’t get lost and re-directed somewhere they don’t want to be.
Make Contact a Breeze
The easiest thing in any portfolio for people to find should be the designer’s contact information. Designers should include as many avenues of communication as possible, including all social media accounts.
While sharing a portfolio has never been easier, there are still lots of ways to slip up. By following these steps, designers can avoid all of these virtual banana peels and have a great portfolio that gives them a leg up for future work. Designing the design is as important as the design itself.