Portfolios (was: Guidance for someone interestedinyour field)
14 Apr 2004 - 5:30am
10 years ago
Gary, asked if "just doing it", i.e. making your own projects, something
that me as a hiring manager would want to see. My answer to him is YES!
It shows me a bunch of things (btw Gary I'm in your boat too w/ dated or
bubble bursted stuff). The main thing it shows me is determination and moxy.
I love those two qualities in a prospect. But if done correctly it also
shows me a designer.
I do have to say though that I think we are getting caught in our own
confusion. Portfolios show visual things, but we are not visual designers.
Yes, I can put a wireframe set or something else like that in a portfolio
(usually its wrapped under confidentiality agreements) but those really
don't present well in portfolio.
I'd like to offer my portfolio site as an example. It's a bit "off" but it
has a case study of something I'm proud of and limited past work of my
designs in the areas that I've done work while presenting them as mini-case