It is a well-known thing that no matter how good a designer you are, it will always be a defining moment how you present your portfolio. Showing off your designs and your published work is itself a matter of good designing. But you might have often overlooked the matter and made a random portfolio which you hope will work for you, but, it will soon turn out that it requires more than just an arbitrary display of your best works.
Whether you are a web designing fresher looking for your first job or an experienced professional wanting to make a switch to a better organization, it all comes down to how you are going to present your portfolio to the interviewer. You must be wondering how to differentiate between a good and bad portfolio. Remember, that those who are going through your portfolio are looking for the perfect candidate and it means that your portfolio will go through a high level of scrutiny to the last detail.
Making mistakes in the portfolio is not strictly limited to only fresher candidates but even experienced designers make mistakes that seem to pop up often in their portfolio. Here in this article, I will discuss five of the common mistakes that designers seem to make while making and presenting their portfolio:
- Quantity over quality
This is a very common mistake that designers make while making their portfolio. It is seen that more designers like to put all of their works and make it look like an encyclopaedia of their lifetime’s work right from school projects. Nobody has the time to go through all of your designs at once. If you want to get them impressed, show all your best works done for good clients. It is a waste of your time and the interviewer’s precious time. Get over it! It is not a school exercise.
- Grammar and typography
Yeah, even the interviewer understands that you are a designer and not some grammar expert, but that does not mean you leave gaps in your portfolio with simple mistakes in the language. And use proper formatting; it is not your secret diary where you scribble randomly. Never let bad grammar and typography be a hindrance to your portfolio being a showcase of your great designing skills.
- Different fonts in different pages
You do not have to overdo your designing skills by using different font sets for each page. Just use one font that looks perfect on the pages and stick to it throughout the entire portfolio. This will look unprofessional and will probably give a bad idea of your designing skills.
- Cluttered pages
There is one thing that just makes your interview process and open-and-shut case is the way you have showed your works. If the pages are too cluttered with pictures and fonts haphazardly, the interviewer will probably have just one look and decide you are not the candidate for the job. Make sure that all the pages are clean and easy on the eyes.
- Bad presentation
Sometimes a book can be judged by its cover and it is the same for portfolios. Put all your great works in a bad package and it will probably never be opened. Each time you present it to a new interviewer, it should look as good as new. All the pictures and printed materials should be reprinted, while the covers should be smudge-free.
Next time you prepare your portfolio for that job that will change your career, keep in mind about the above tips and we will surely make a great impression on the interviewer.
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