What we noticed reviewing 2000+ Design Portfolios — It’s almost like Speed Dating

Over the last few months the we’ve seen quite a few portfolios come through Availo. With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to write down a few points that make a portfolio stand out for us.

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Start with You

For example…

Hi I’m Steve, a UX Designer based in London, with 5 years agency experience across many markets including fashion and music.

Also making it too long can be an easy way to lose people’s attention at this early stage if they feel the information is not focussed enough for their needs. It’s ok to give a deeper insight into yourself, so consider moving the detailed part to an about you section. Social links are also a good way to show your personality, just make sure they’re safe for the office. People don’t mind if you don’t share your Twitter details, but they might judge you if there’s a few dodgy photos kicking around.

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Visitors to Paul’s portfolio quickly identify with him

Case Studies

Don’t show Everything

Consider Timing

Pick the Hits and the Classics

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Mike Harrison’s clean project showcase

Talk About Your Involvement

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For UX designers like Davy it’s important to explain his involvement and process

Mockups

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Aled shows his projects in context

Logos as Thumbnails

Animations

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Daniel’s subtle use of gifs to bring life to his site

Explore

Learn to identify what it is that makes you appreciate portfolios over another and how you interpret them.

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The Semplice showcase can be a great place to see variations of portfolios

Final Word… Skill Charts — just don’t

If you think we’ve missed anything or have some suggestions feel free to comment below or share them with the team @AvailoHQ .

Freelance IOS Engineer - thewhitewood.com

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