How to build a high quality portfolio

March 11, 2024

A portfolio is essential for designers. Among numerous portfolios, how can you make your portfolio stand out?

Here are a few tips to enhance the quality of your portfolio.

1. Does it clearly show the problem solving process?

Blossom school student's portfolio

In design portfolios, many people tend to only showcase their final designs, but this is not an effective approach. A good portfolio should explain how problems are identified and why do you improve those points. This process can include user research, journey map, personas, and more. While the final outcome is important, ultimately, presenting the process of how the results were achieved enhances the quality of the portfolio. Therefore, it can be said that it is important to approach the design process by considering the problem at hand and creating designs that effectively incorporate that process.

2. Interaction for user involvement and designer's personality

blossom ux school student's portfolio

In reality, we don't spend a lot of time closely examining other people's work. So, what should we do? We should strive to increase user’s involvement. This can be done by incorporating screen transition effects when moving from the main page to subpages, adding delightful animations during screen loading, or even changing the mouse pointer. Unlike portfolio PDFs, when creating a portfolio website, you have the opportunity to include various dynamic elements, so make good use of them to capture the viewers' attention.

blossom ux school student's portfolio

A portfolio can be seen as a reflection of a designer. Integrating the designer's personality into the presentation of designs and the design process is one way to elevate the quality of a portfolio. Let your portfolio design showcase your personality. If you want to convey an active vibe, consider incorporating lively interactions, or if you prefer a calm aesthetic, you can add clean and modern color schemes.

3. Showing professionally developed works

Blossom ux school student's portfolio

However, above all, the most important thing is to showcase one's expertise in your portfolio. Instead of showcasing numerous works, it is better to highlight a few works in your area of expertise that are of high quality and completeness. Presenting high-quality works that demonstrate your strengths may be the best way for you to appeal to others.

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