Hi there, I'm Lauren! Follow me on my adventures through Europe as I take on my graphic design internship in Switzerland this summer.
My Ball and Chain
“Oh dear, I think my laptop is officially glued to my body.” That’s my way of saying, I’ve been working hard at updating my portfolio this whole weekend. Yet, I still have some more work to do before I can even publish past project from this year. For those of you who haven’t read my “About Me” page, let me explain my situation a bit. You see, between the Senior Graphic Design Show, my Graduation ceremony, and moving to Switzerland–I haven’t had much time to self-promote myself. I kid you not, my world completely changed within a month. Therefore my portfolio was constantly being pushed to the back burner. Now that I’m only three weeks away from returning to the states, I can focus on the importants things which are refining my portfolio, job searching, and rewriting my bio and cover letters.
As far as the ideal portfolio goes, my philosophy is to simply include a wide range of work that displays exercises in problem solving, concept development, and most importantly, work that you can be proud of. Whether it’s student projects or published work, as long as it’s an excellent piece that shows off your skills, then it definitely has earned a spot in your repertoire. If you’re a recent graduate and you have little to no published work in your portfolio then I don’t feel it should make or break you. I mean, I just graduated college less than three months ago and I’m no where near the experience level of a seasoned professional so of course most of my work are student projects. Graduates cannot solely rely on their portfolios. We should also be thinking about building a network and getting involved in more freelancing.
I’ve read quite a few articles about preparing yourself for job interviews as well as prepping your portfolio and I’ve found that there’s always a wrong way of doing it but no one really seems to know the right way. Every designer, young or old, has a totally different opinion on this matter. Some advice leans more towards an edgy-way of thinking while others are even more conflicting. Some say a portfolio is not a reflection of your personality while other companies want to see the kind of person you are. So we might as well embrace the fact there is no right way, there’s just your way. Standing out must be better then blending in, right? Either way, it’s up to the designer to decide what works best for him/her and if it’s done in a way that’s attention-grabbing or mind-blowing then people will have to recognize that kind of talent.
p.s. Here are some helpful links:
Client: I really want to make a good impression on our home page - I want a rotating banner with big images that span the entire width of the screen. Lots of them flying at the viewer, make it dynamic, whatever. And most importantly, the site needs to load FAST! I like how Google just pops up for me instantly, each time.
Me: Well… If we go with really big images, and multiple ones at that, it’s going to be a bit -
Client: And it has to have music too. Clients From Hell: