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Portfolio advice

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by starshaped77, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. starshaped77

    starshaped77 New Member

    Hi there,

    I have my first job interview after being made redundant a few months ago so I'm sorting out my portfolio - after what feels like an age of trying to decide what to put in it I wondered if I could ask your advice. What would you recommend the maximum amount of pieces I should be showing? Obviously I want to show them as much as I can but how much is too much? The role covers designing both small format and large format stuff which I have quite a few examples of both. Please help!!!!

    Thanks :icon_biggrin:

  2. think the unwritten rule is 8 pieces - now its the game of 'which 8ight!!'
  3. starshaped77

    starshaped77 New Member

    Thanks Ozwaldo! :) I've got a good idea of the bits I do want to include that covers the range of formats but it is more than eight..... Time to narrow it down a bit more.

  4. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Start and finish with your strongest pieces. show a variety of styles and skills bt make sure theyre relavent. Good luck.
  5. would double up on big Dave's comments. Start with a 'wow that's impressive/cool/awesome' piece then six 'aren't i brilliant' bits and finish with a 'corr blimy gov'nor you's the pooches' best bit ever.

    or something like that…
  6. gdhta

    gdhta New Member

    I would go for quality not quantity all the way, about 10-12 projects as people do not want to be there all day, that will give them a good idea of your capabilities. I also agree with big Dave's in the fact that you should have a strong piece at the start and finish.

    If you can have physical examples of your work as well as the images in you folio, for example a book or brochure you have had printed for a client that i will bring the project to life and backs up your folio.

    You could take a laptop to display web work s it always looks better on screen as that is how is meant to be viewed.

    If you can leave something with the interviewer once you have left, maybe a mini version of your folio in a booklet or something like that, it's always a good reminder for them.

    The main thing at the end of the day is the actual presentation of your folio, make sure you have a good clean, slick finish to it, you are a graphic designer after all!
  7. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    I used to leave a disc that contained interactive portfolio.
  8. dot design

    dot design Member

    I'd go along with 8 as well, also make sure that you have something to say about each project, eg: what the brief was, reasons you have designed it the way you have.

    Nothing worse than uncomfortable silences as you turn the pages of your portfolio! :)

    Good luck with it all!

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