Last week we were invited to host the Behance portfolio review at Arts University in Bournemouth (AUB). The event involved critiquing student's Behance portfolio, websites and selecting winning portfolios. 

Team Yes along with many awesome creatives from the industry provided feedback and advice on creating a killer portfolio that stands out and prepare students for life after university! Here is a snippet of the event!

A massive thanks to all students that attended!  Here are list of students with an outstanding portfolio! Keep up the good work! 

Special thanks to our reviewers for taking part and sharing their secrets:

Useful tips on creating a portfolio that stands out!

1. Less is more

  • Be thoughtful about what you include
  • 3C rule: curated, clear, concise
  • Select only your strongest pieces
  • Showcase your most unique and creative work
  • If you work is varied, include a representative project from each category
  • Don’t be afraid of showcasing personal projects as long as they are relevant

2. Variety & Unity

  • Keep your portfolio interesting with varied examples of work
  • Make sure it still looks like one person’s work
  • Tie everything together with the thumbnail/cover images
  • Be consistent in the way you present each project
  • Avoid boring screenshots, use mockups and flat lays
  • Include close-ups of interesting details

3. Stay Current

  • Don’t include work that is older than 5 years
  • Avoid looking dated
  • Do a spring cleaning each year
  • Set reminders to add new projects to your portfolio
  • Sometimes it is enough to update the imagery and visuals of an older project to make it look more fresh

4. Tell a story

  • Showcase the design process, not just the final result
  • Mention the results of each project
  • Include work-in-progress imagery like sketches, notes (thought process)
  • Start and finish with your best projects
  • Pay extra attention to the copy- don’t leave any typos
  • Credit your collaborators

5. Tailor it

  • Customise your portfolio and CV for each job application
  • Prepare to talk about your projects in relation to the job you are applying for
  • Sell your work - be passionate, personable and honest
  • Physical work is always a plus, always take some to interviews

We hope you found our tips useful! If you would like an in-depth knowledge, creative advice and surviving in the creative industry then subscribe to your Designers Survival Kit for FREE.

Want to continue reading and stay inspired then we recommend reading our post on 2019 Design trends!


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About the author 

Shumi Perhiniak

Shumi is a self-taught graphic designer, in 2012 she took one-year sabbatical career break, where she devoted her time studying Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. In just after 6 months she started freelancing and within a year become a Certified Photoshop Expert. Over the years she worked both in-house and in agency roles as a retoucher, artworker and moved on from junior to senior design roles.

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