Friday, June 3, 2011


Portfolio Design 101
  • Remember quality not quantity with portfolio- quality work, quality folder, quality boards. Custom made folders are recommended.
  • Good number of works is 12-15, but no more than 20.
  • Keep graphic design stuff in one portfolio, and fine art/illustration in another.
  • 3 types of portfolio- traditional, online and PDF
Setting Yourself Apart from Other Designers
  • Know yourself- who you are, how you were raised and what you experience in your life influence your designs.
  • Take risks.
  • being friendly, honest, punctual, polite, and professional will set you apart from everyone else. Offer a higher level of service to your clients than everyone else does.
  • When you do get to the top there may be a cost involved. Other people may be jealous of your success and try run you down, but this is their problem not yours.
Self-Promotion–Finding Your Theme
  • Honesty with yourself is an integral part of self promotion.
  • Dig deep and be honest, rather than using shallow, fancy designs which may not really be what you are intending to show off for self promotion.
  • Personality filter- may be wise to leave out negative aspects and focus on the positive.
  • Viewers of your work look at it and feel they know your personality from your work.
Procrastination - A Four-Letter Word
  • Tasks that can be boring or overwhelming can lead to wanting to do something else to avoid getting it done.
  • Instead of looking at the project as a whole (which can be overwhelming) break it up into smaller, managable chunks/goals that are easily achieved.
  • Often smaller jobs that you need to ask help for will prevent you from being able to continue with a bigger job.
  • Best thing to overcome these problems is to be strict with yourself, and reward yourself for when you accomplish goals you have set.

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