By far one of the best people to receive a talk from, she gave us some of the best information ever.
I’ll just bullet point the things she said because she mentioned a lot of key things.
- Before the how the why. Know who you showing you portfolio to.
- Don’t have a confusing portfolio, make sure each image/piece is the right way and that each page leads nicely into the next.
- Don’t have a style as a Graphic Designer. Have a versatility in terms of thinking, have a lot of work that shows what kind of designer you want to be.
- If you want to be a certain thing have LOADS of it in your portfolio.
- Still, think in a specialist way, employers are lazy show them what you want to do.
- There is no limit/minimum to the number of pages you should put in. It all depends on of the purpose of the portfolio. Everyone will ask for something different.
- There is a huge difference between a uni portfolio and a professional portfolio. Universities want to see your development, employers want to see that you get it right everytime.
- You can have development as an extra, but don’t actually put it in.
- You want to have a bunch of work you believe in!
- Don’t put in work you hate doing.
- Don’t put work chronologically, put published work first.
- Nice to have print work, can be practical, good as a backup, cheaper.
- A3/A4 no bigger. Eyelets and use plastic leaves.
- Pay attention to the background of your work.
- Don’t overcrowd.
- Have a cross-platform digital portfolio, laptop presentations take longer than iPad.
- Be completely self-sufficient.
- Have a plan, minimum fuss, short amount of time, easy to use.
There was so much more said, but I think these are the key things to remember.