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Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Logo Design Critique:' started by Physalis, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Physalis

    Physalis New Member

    Hey guys,

    I'd like for you to check out my new portfolio and tell me what you think.
    Good, bad, medium^^, and if you think it needs improvement, I'm open to suggestions.
    It's meant for job applications as a digital media designer (which I am) or graphic designer.

    Thx a lot. ;)

    Download here:
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  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    well I'd like you to join in more first... maybe give an introduction here
    plus I'm not going to download a zip file from a 1 post new member, I suspect most others will be the same... host it somewhere for us to look at it properly
  3. balders

    balders Member

    Its a pdf. I like to live on the wild side.Not sure I would include scans of my qualifications, but that's just me. I'm guessing that's what they are as I don't speak German.
  4. Physalis

    Physalis New Member

    Thx for the answer, Levi. You're right.
    So for an online view please look here:
    They are.
  5. wac

    wac Senior Member

    I'm not sure about those business cards, they look a bit Vista Printy for my liking
  6. Physalis

    Physalis New Member

    Are you talking about the folding cards? There are no business cards in there.
    One more thing:
    Guys, what do you think about the overall design/appearance of the portfolio?
  7. si_p

    si_p Junior Member

    Hi Physalis,
    A few points from taking a quick look-
    • Loose the lurid green to white gradient on the background - its drawing focus away from the work
    • Loose the cartoons that show up on some pages - do they serve a purpose?
    You want the work to speak for itself, make sure you have big high quality images of the work, ideally printed out finished products.
    Do you need the letters of recommendation and certificates in it, assuming this is what they are?
    Slim the work down to your best pieces and maybe just a short blurb about who and what the project was and your solution. Dont write an essay on these, its just to provide a quick bit of info.
  8. GilmoreVisuals

    GilmoreVisuals Active Member

    Yeah, the layout of presentation isn't very clear. I think you should specify what you want feedback on - a generic portfolio isn't going to get you much help. In any case, overall I think the designs could be improved on.. generally speaking there is too much text and not the best colours - oh, you should be leaving the really obvious drop shadows out. Keep it going.
  9. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    I don't like the way the illustrations sit on the background. To be honest, I'd start over.

    I'd go with white backgrounds, black text and a highlight of colour. I think it would look a lot more professional. Make the work the focus rather than everything else. It seems like the work is getting lost in the mix.
  10. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Less focus on the background. I've just gone through it twice and the first thing I remember is the radioactive green gradient.
  11. mmmprinting

    mmmprinting New Member

    The colours don't work for me. You want to show off your artistic prowess, so focus should be made on your actual artwork.

    Whats with the thumb ID print?

    I would say strip it back and focus on the important parts - get the type right and your specific artwork focused. I want to see what you are capable off, not how you can use a gradient tool for a background.
  12. Physalis

    Physalis New Member

    OK guys, here's another version, primarily for print out.
    Maybe it could be used for mail job applications, too.
    What do you think?
    (the green actually isn't THIS penetrant, just a error with the upload I can't get rid of -.-)
  13. sureewoong

    sureewoong New Member

    This is much more better than the last one physalis. I love the first page of your CV.
    However there are a few things I want to point out.
    Maybe you can take out the dotted line run across all the artwork on the second page and see how it looks like?
    And one more thing is I suggest you to show only a few artwork on your CV and leave the rest in your portfolio.
    Hope that helps!
  14. Squiddy

    Squiddy Guest

    It's definitely a massive improvement, but there are still some things which need rectifying.
    1. Remove the green and grey 'm' in the top left and find a way to incorporate that, as well as the CURRICULUM VITAE text into the middle/right area of the heading section.
    2. Remove the grey lines around the edges of the document.
    3. Remove the images from your CV and put them into a portfolio. You want to avoid making your CV too large.
    4. I don't think anyone is going to be impressed by telling them you are a little bit skilled in MS Word/Powerpoint and a complete beginner in Excel.
    5. Use higher quality images for the icons (this might be just a low quality upload?)
    6. Either remove the grey dotted lines, or increase the spacing by about 3x what it currently is and make them lighter.
    I look forward to seeing the results!
  15. balders

    balders Member

    It's also worth having a .rtf or something plain as a version of your CV with no bells and whistles. Agencies find is easier to lift information compared to outlined text. Pull out the big guns later. All depends who you are applying to.
  16. Physalis

    Physalis New Member

    Sry, I dont know which grey lines you mean. The textboxes or the lines protruding from the 'm'?
    It's a low quality upload, don't worry.
    I'm currently finalizing a separate portfolio in the same design, but much simpler at the same time.
    I like it, we'll see what you all think.^^
  17. Squiddy

    Squiddy Guest

    I look forward to seeing it!
  18. Edward

    Edward New Member

    You're definitely getting there! One more round of simplification and I think you might have it.

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