The portfolio lets you bring your best work front and center. You have complete control over what to feature – so long as it’s not from a private contest.
A portfolio isn’t a dumping ground for your latest work, but rather another project that requires skillful design. Be sure to utilize your artistic sensibilities by selecting works that display a diverse array of skills and styles. A portfolio is a design problem and how you choose to solve it speaks volumes about you as a designer.
Here’s a few ways to make your profile pop:
Find a way to present your work in a consistent way. If you’re a logo designer, make sure everything’s the same size. If you’re a book or packaging designer, consider using similar lighting, drop shadows and backgrounds. Consider using a cohesive color palette.
This attention to detail not only stands out in your portfolio, but can help brand your work across the site.
Group similar styles together
If you have a distinct style, this is the place to show it off! Grouping work with similar aesthetics in your portfolio can make your work much more powerful.
Don’t forget to crop
There’s only so much you can fit in a thumbnail. For more intricate projects, try zooming in on a specific detail to grab the viewer’s attention. This is your chance to highlight an aspect of your design that’s exceptionally well done. The viewer can then click to view the masterpiece at larger scale.
Showcase your range
If you have versatile skills or styles, your portfolio is a great place to put a spotlight on them. Filters can help clients zero in on different design categories and your most recent or popular designs.