As of late, I find myself applying for internships; consequently, I’m beginning to worry about finding jobs in general. In applying for these internships, I have to submit a portfolio, and it dawned on me that the portfolio is one of the most important aspects of my future. It is a showcase of my work and skills.
After asking for assistance and doing some research of my own, this is what I’ve found:
1. Clarity –
Creating a portfolio should avoid confusion; summarizing your strongest works in a quick glance will be effective for those employers who have many applicants. Keeping your portfolio short and sweet with your strongest pieces will make finding your portfolio stand out with prominence.
2. Avoid Information Overload
Like writing short essays or articles, fitting a lot of information in a limited number of words is harder than writing a 10 page essay. Balance is needed to be achieved when you try to be short and sweet. The more you put into your portfolio, the more it will appear to be cluttered.
3. Less is More
Keeping it simple is key in all areas of your portfolio, when there is less to deal with, there are also less chances for things to go wrong.
Though as artists or designers, we have an urge to be different. What you do not want is to be different in having some unique navigation. Those reviewing your portfolio do not have the time to understand your logic and its another chance that they will fail to understand the navigation.
Consider anything extra you put on your portfolio and what it will do to compliment it. White space is important in letting the viewer’s eyes rest after seeing some of your more intense pieces, as well as carry a certain feel of professionalism.
These are two screen captures of two portfolios that seemed simple and effective.
They had a simple layout with a small blurb of information for each project they pursued and case studies if the client was interested in finding out more.