Blog written 2019, updated 2023!

When you are first starting out it's hard to know how to build a design portfolio. You might wonder what projects to include or (most importantly) where to display your work! 

In this post we will take a look at leading portfolio platforms in the creative industry and share some top tips on how you should use them to create a killer portfolio!

For an in-depth discussion on the benefits of Behance & Dribbble. As well as general tips and advice from our favourite industry expert (Martin of course) check out these videos and make sure you have a pen to hand! 

Ways to display your work

Firstly, I recommend updating/amending your portfolio before applying for any job. Remember, your portfolio should represent who you are as a creative, and it should evolve with you. As someone who has hired many designers, the worst thing I have heard is that ‘my portfolio needs to be updated or doesn't reflect my current work.'

Most designers should have a personal website showing their portfolio; the easiest way to do this is via Adobe Portfolio, Squarespace or Wix. It is also advisable to have your work displayed on social portfolio sites; you don't need to be on all of them, just choose one or two that work for you:

Tips for displaying your portfolio!

  • Portfolios aren't collections of all the work you've done. Showcase 12 -15 of your strongest and most recent projects on your site. I think it's okay to display more projects online since it's easier to jump between them. It is still essential that everything is neatly organized and easy to navigate!
  • Make sure everything is set to a good resolution so it does not appear pixelated. You can also add a watermark for copyright issues if needed.
  • Include Information about the brief, even if you made it up yourself. It's important for viewers to get an idea of the challenge you faced!
  • Background about the client or company. If the project is fictional you can talk about why you created it. Is it based on a personal interest a world issue etc? 
  • Work in progress. Don't be afraid to show initial sketches or the first few rounds of the design process. It's good to show development work! 
  • Show the final outcome in a few different ways so viewers can get an idea of how it will look in different contexts. You can download PSD's to display brands, editorial work, posters, business cards etc! 
  • Make it visually engaging and take a little time. Some artists spend a day some a week some just a few hours creating a project. The most important thing is you show the work at it's best!

I hope you are feeling prepared to fix your portfolio. If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy our tips on the importance of self-branding and CV design!

About the author 

Shumi Perhiniak

Shumi is a self-taught graphic designer and illustrator who has worked for Toni&Guy, Renaissance Learning, Baker Ross, and many others.

Additionally, she owned a brick-and-mortar stationery shop selling her art prints and now sells wholesale to retailers and online shops under the brand name

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