Check out these tips for ALL portfolio requirements!
This article was written by Evan Froster and David Thomas
There are many programs and types of designers, but there are a few universal tips when it comes to putting your best foot forward. If you’re preparing your design portfolio, here are five things to keep in mind as you get started.
1. Show your process!
Show the admissions team that you understand the basics alongside a solid finished project. They want to see parts of your process — showing off sketches or renders along with final projects helps them see that.
2. Submit to competitions!
No matter how big or small the competition or placement, entering competitions is a great way to make your candidacy look impressive and keep your creative juices flowing. No matter where you place, taking part in competitions challenges you to work with an established theme or prompt and helps you continue to develop a body of work to showcase.
3. Brush up on your basics.
At the core of every good portfolio is an understanding of key design principles. You may be a master at challenging conventions, but you have to show that you know the rules in order to break them.
4. Limit yourself.
You may be inclined to send everything you’ve ever done in your portfolio. Some schools may not even have a limit to how many submissions you can include! That being said, don’t give everything away. Aim for around 15-20 slides if a school does not specify.
5. A lack of technical knowledge shouldn’t hold you back.
Tools can be taught; creativity cannot. If you’re gifted with a certain tool or medium, showcase that! You will gain all the tools you need when you are in school.