CT&D #57. Portfolio Site Building

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In narrowing down work to be presented in a portfolio site alongside a resume, what is a pattern you are seeing in choosing certain pieces? Who are you trying to attract?

Being a graphic design student with only a couple of courses away from completing this curriculum, I have been mindful of saving my previous assignments from this major to be used in a formal portfolio when applying for a design position, graduate school, etc. With that said, I already have made 2 drafts of my work thus far: one for applying to an internship and one for applying to a graduate program. For the former, I made an account with a site called portfoliobox to organize and showcase my work neatly and properly for any employer to review when applying to internships.

For the latter, I had to make an account with slideroom and only put out 20 of my best artistic pieces for review as part of my graduate application. In both cases, I had an opportunity to sort out my work based on however I could see fit. Personally, I like to show progression, so I ordered my work somewhat chronologically and sequentially based on theme (i.e. some pieces are about lines, some are about squares, etc.); this is a pattern that I best see fit. More importantly, both portfolios allowed for me to add descriptions on what each piece was supposed to be about or encompass (subject and style respectively).

At this point, I have 54 pieces of graphic design work since beginning the major; as such, I had to narrow down certain pieces I thought did not capture my best work (mainly which were photos from my photography class that showed technical qualities like aperture but not artistic qualities like tones). As my collection of artwork is still growing with 7 classes remaining in my major, I will never have to worry about not showing very little of my skill set derived from these pieces; however, the large amount of them does pose as a problem for portfolio length.

When using slideroom, I had to limit my 54 pieces to 20; as a result, I easily took out pieces that had multiples of the same principle but at the same time, I had to omit pieces that I felt did not illustrate my designs well enough. This means that a lot of my simplistic pieces had to go but more of my complex ones from Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign were kept. Overall, all of my pieces to date are converted to JPEG format and are neatly trimmed to show accessibility and professionalism in my portfolio as a whole.

Nonetheless, my current portfolio is rife with designs ranging from 2D to 3D, typography to illustration, web design to advertising design; the range is there. Admittedly, I do have to improve on my digital portfolio from portfoliobox by adding a strong first piece (for initial impression) and a strong last piece (for lasting impression) when applying for a career position. I will expect to do this upon completion of my degree. Also, I do need to expand on sections that require a resume and written excerpts to show experience and writing style respectively. I do have both but they need to be developed more.

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