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When It Comes to Your Portfolio, There Are No Excuses

It's YOUR portfolio, take charge! (designed by me)

It's YOUR portfolio, take charge! (designed by me)

I’m sure you’ve all had a professor or boss look over your designed work and suggest that you modify elements in your designed piece in order to have a more successful outcome. You may have heard, “move the title over, change the body text typeface, or tweak the layout.” Many times these suggestions are helpful. However, no matter if we ended up with an A on our projects or received accolades from our boss, we should always reevaluate our design decisions before placing any work in our portfolios.


Quite simply: there are no excuses. In an interview when you are presenting your portfolio, you should NEVER say these words, “I had to” “they wanted it this way” “I would have” I should have” “I could have” because you CAN make it the design you are proud of presenting. Simply go back to the file, make the adjustments, and print YOUR version! This is exactly what you should do. If anything, the portfolio reviewer will be impressed that you had enough insight to update your design work.

Remember, no excuses! It’s all YOU!


  1. Alyssa Setia wrote:

    Thanks for the post. I did exactly this when I was getting my portfolio together. I went back over all of my projects from classes and made changes that were mentioned when I got my grade and other suggestions. I then reprinted everything to put in my portfolio. I think it is so true, you have to keep it up to date and keep making changes to your work.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  2. mphillips wrote:

    Thanks for the post, Lindsey. I’m actually been meaning to improve some of my work from earlier this semester, and this was a friendly reminder to do it while I still have time!

    Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  3. cavalos wrote:

    Nice reminder. You should always stand behind your work no matter what, unless you truly hated it, in which case it shouldn’t have been in your portfolio.

    Monday, May 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink
  4. doolmin wrote:

    your right… i always follow what my professor told me to do..

    Monday, May 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  5. Jung wrote:

    I agree with you that we should always reevaluate our design decisions. Thank you for keeping me up to date.

    Monday, May 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink