- 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.
WHAT ARE CREATIVE DIRECTORS LOOKING FOR IN FUTURE EMPLOYEES:
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!
WIX TEMPLATE PORTFOLIO: Susan Pagan-Hilton
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 — http://themeforest.net
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.
- LaVar Mccline
- Jon Vernon
- Grey Gorilla
- CGS Creative Media
- Jennifer Mistkowski
- Dave Werner
- Lori Goins
- Jonella Culmer
- Jeanette Illidge
- Alex Towers
- Whitney Napoleon
- Kevin Vain
- Aillen Pasion
- Gbenga Fakilede
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
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