Why I put my portfolio on Medium

“Aren’t you supposed to be a designer?”

Jan 28, 2018 · 2 min read

For designers, portfolios are a point of pride. You spend your entire career designing in someone’s else style; your portfolio is the one place to you’re allowed be you, a labor of love to toil over, anguish over, and celebrate when it’s finally done. I should know: my senior year of college, I spent the entire fall semester creating my portfolio from scratch.

In retrospect, it was a wildly inefficient use of time. All the effort put into web development would’ve been better spent writing case studies, and I could’ve started recruiting months earlier. What’s more, my portfolio had to be updated by hand (in code), which was tedious and prone to error. It was a classic case of Not Invented Here syndrome.

Processes with less friction are more effective. My biggest priority is creating and updating content, and if that means not being considered for one of those “17 Awesome Design Portfolios to Awe and Inspire You” lists, then so be it.



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