Having been through a few interview processes and read quite a bit of information (aka case study upon case study) about Portfolios. Because I’m a designer, and a starving artists (much like yourselves), I’ve decided to be nice and tell you my findings from my reasearch. There are 11 things I learned about job/ internship seeking:
- The process of applying: e-mail first, call second, and wait for final contact last. Case studies show that potential employers expect and are more comfortable with this process. Also, never send an empty e-mail…links to online work or a PDF of a teaser portfolio should be included.
- Most people don’t use print versions of portfolios unless getting face time with the potential employer. However, it is important you have a printed version that varies slightly from any digital or online portfolio.
- Make portfolios, short, sweet, simple and flexible (adaptable). Nothing worse than a long winded, crazy unorganized, hard to change/update portfolio.
- Let the work speak, not the cover or your mouth (too much). Show THEN tell.
- Articulate concisely and well. Also known as: Learn when to shut up. Say only what you need to.
- Keep the work current. Don’t have ancient projects in you portfolio. Remember, a portfolio is never perfect or complete.
- 3 portfolio types: PDF, Online, and Printed. Have each with the same style, but slightly different content.
- Don’t send files over 10MB to potential employers. Annoying.
- Portfolio’s should be personal, but not too personal. Don’t tell your life story, and don’t over decorate. It’s not a scrap book of your life. It’s the content of your career.
- Keep things organized. Loose leaf portfolio papers or bound books doesn’t matter, as long as it’s neat.
- 8-10 is a solid number of projects to show. Usually keep 8 in online and digital, and 10 (certainly no more than 12 projects) in printed versions.
For more information and resources check out underconsideration.com for more case studies and insights.
First off, apologies for not posting much. Summer is crazy between work and well…work. Oh, the joys of being the intern.
Second, if you love computer ethics, never really thought about your imprint on a technological scale, and/or love anime…you may want to see this film. One of the most thought provoking films I’ve seen concerning the possible impacts that large internet powers (like Google and Facebook) can actually have on society that is totally dependent on them. Especially when things go terribly wrong.
**Warning: Watching this film may give you warm fuzzy feelings you may not feel comfortable with. Not recommended for children due to strong language and mild adult humor.**
Hope you’re all having an awesome summer. Peace!
As students we’re all looking for the best exposure, and what better way than with the ever increasing infinite internet? The only problem is where to go to make a secure online portfolio? With help from my professor and fellow students we’ve got it down to our top 3. Here are a few suggestions for you:
Behance — standard for creative portfolios and great for networking
Squarespace — Nice option with more advanced features, but requires a fee
Cargo — Best used for personal portfolios
A reader of mine requested some wine inspired design. I have no problem with that request. The thing I love about wine labels (or packaging in general) is that it’s a super simple design. Not technically, but functionally. You could just throw wine in a bottle and put “wine” in black and white on the bottle in the most boring typeface possible (not to say that wouldn’t be cool in a minimalist way). It’s like a tiny piece of art that just anyone can buy and own, even if it’s for a short time. It’s functional, it’s cool, and after your drink’s gone you still have a friggin’ sweet bottle.
So here is a collection of some of wine labels you probably won’t see in a grocery store, and some you might.
There are some websites that are impressively designed. Why their good: Attention to detail, user friendly/interactive, clever, and/or clean. Here are some sites that you may want to explore for web design inspiration. If you know of any cool sites that others might be interested in (aka Me), feel free to share.
World Without Us
Get Addicted To
The Wayward Irregular
Quotes On Design
The Grid System