Soon to be grad..My Portfolio

1 Sep 2012 - 8:30am
1 year ago
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wramirez09
2010

hi every one my name is Will and I am going to soon gradute from the Chicago art Institute of Art her in Chicago, I am persuing a careeer as an Interactive Designer and Developer and have put together a web folio of some my best school work I was hoping to get some feed back as well as some advice on what skills to work on so that I can better poisition my self to get a Job. Thank you. 

http://www.thaorangeline.com

 

Will R

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2 Sep 2012 - 9:15am
Jeremy White
2008

Will,

You have short introductions to your projects but there's no context for any of the decisions you made. It's hard to know if your design decisions are warranted without understanding the process that lead to those decisions. 

I didn't look at every project, but it appears some have filler text (Loren ipsum...). Use  real text to give a stronger idea of what the final product would look like. It shows that you considered content while making judgements about how the site will be designed. 

For instance, the CoreImplex site piece: It looks like your redesign is more visually complex. Why? You have a picture of a gear. Why? Explain your decisions. Show how your design progressed.

You mention the technologies you created the site with, but not the research and design methods used to inform your decisions. Did you do any user research or base your decisions off user data? Did you use any brainstorming techniques? (BTW, these design techniques are not the same as process...you should make both techniques and process clear). 

I think you need to focus more on showing you know how to think like a designer. You need to design with an audience in mind: recruiters, potential employers and potential fellow designers. Perhaps make some personas and design your website in a way that helps these people understand your capabilities quickly and clearly. 

Some of the links don't work on your portfolio pieces. Attention to detail is important. 

There are a lot of good examples out there. My alma mater, Indiana University, has a student portfolio database that may be useful for inspiration: http://www.hcidpeople.com

I hope I'm not being discouraging. Critiques are a great way to learn, and the fact that you're putting your stuff out there shows a lot. You'll do great.

Best wishes! 

Jeremy White

http://www.jeremypwhite.com

2 Sep 2012 - 9:15am
Jeremy White
2008

Sorry, double post!

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