• LIMIT YOUR WORK: Use only a few samples of your strongest, most up to date work—However, include a bit of each set skill. Example: Motion Graphics, Page Layout, Logo Design, Branding, etc…
  • KEEP IT CLEAN: Remove any inappropriate work that could cause an employer to reject you. Example: overly sexual, overly religious or overly political work.
  • KEEP IT OPEN: Make your portfolio clean, open and professional looking – remove all clutter. Make sure its easy to navigate and text is readable.
  • BRANDING: Your resume, portfolio, and website should have a uniform look and feel. Remember, if you can brand yourself, the employer will feel that you can also brand for them.
  • TARGET: Keep your demos/portfolio targeted to your audience. Do some research on the industry/businesses you wish to work for. Look on their websites, ads, marketing pieces, etc.
  • UPDATE: Try an update your online samples every 3-6 months. This keeps your work fresh and keeps viewers coming back to see what’s new.

Getting the Gig – Creating a Powerful Portfolio
Video introducing 4 creative directors and their advice for portfolios and what it takes to get where you want to be in your career

FREE Portfolio Sites : If you do not have a website, here are a few FREE online portfolio sites where you can showcase your work:

  • Behance Network Multimedia portfolios, Tips, Jobs, Artist network
  • Carbonmade  – Multimedia portfolios, Google analytic
  • Cargo  – Multimedia portfolios, Google analytic
  • Coroflot Traffic reports, Groups, Job alerts, Employer directory
  • Flickr Image editing, Privacy settings, Print shop, Networking
  • im creator – Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
  • Krop  Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
  • Moon Fruit  Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
  • Vimeo Multimedia portfolios, demo reels, Artist Network
  • Weebly  Easy, Clean, Multimedia, Sleek Portfolio Designs *
  • WebyDo – HTML 5, Drag, Drop, No Coding, Easy to Create Your Own!
  • WIX – HTML 5, Drag and Drop, No Coding, Templates!
  • WordPress Templates, Plugins, Learn WordPress for free!


LOW COST Portfolio Site: If you do not have a website, you can use this inexpensive, WordPress template site. Prices range from $10—$35 to create. WordPress | ThemeForest 

PORTFOLIO EXAMPLES: Take a look at these online portfolio sample sites. They are simple, professional looking and easy to navigate. An employer can quickly review their work and get an immediate idea of the designer style, skill level and if I want to hire this candidate. These are all former Full Sail student portfolio’s from the Media Design Master of Fine Arts degree.

CREATING A WEBSITE: If you are creating your very own professional website, from scratch, try not jumble samples of your work together onto one page. Try and use tabs to separate your skills into categories, such as:

    • TAB: Branding
    • TAB: Web Design
    • TAB: Photography
    • TAB: Logos
    • TAB: Print Layout, etc.

Here is an example of a “Tab” separated website: My Juicy Ideas





  1. I would like to add a special comment about Webydo. Webydo is made BY designers especially FOR designers. It is a professional web suite that enables graphic designers to create and manage exceptional HTML websites, without writing code. Webydo is a work of love of a community of designers. Every feature in the system was developed with designers’ needs in mind, and Webydo’s devoted community participates in the company development process. If you are a designer – than Webydo’s sophisticated platform will be able to handle all of your needs. 🙂

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