Need advice on your portfolio? Learn from four wonderful creators who share their methods for taking your online portfolio to new heights.
Starting your creative business is a multi-level dance of technical skill sets, as you balance exposure, professionalism and ingenuity in this tech-driven world.
And for so many of us, business is just not familiar territory. But 2019 is showing a strong change as many turn to tech and design industries for new and empowering opportunities.
Today, I've gathered four wonderful designers, illustrators and artists who are sharing their methods for taking your online portfolios to new heights.
Check out their valuable advice and lessons from their life and work.
Costa Rica-based graphic designer Tati Astua uses bold colors to stand out. She makes incredible, photo-realistic 3D scenes of clever typographical pieces and shares some of her favorite portfolio advice below.
"For me, the most compelling thing in a portfolio is consistency. I find it more valuable to create a small book with high level pieces, than one with lots of work that's not that good."
Is your portfolio looking a little cluttered? It's pretty understandable. And many designers have trouble letting go of past work. Tati recommends making room for the future.
And learning from past mistakes is invaluable for the growth of your business. As an avid fan of online platforms like Instagram and Behance, Tati reflects on her start online as a junior designer.
"In the beginning, we try to put all of our work in our portfolio because clearly there’s not that much, but we should try to reflect on what we have and complement it with our personal work. In most cases, this tends to show our style better."
Our next bit of portfolio advice comes from graphic designer and illustrator, Gabriel Alexandre Meza. With a focus on sports illustrations for TV and digital media, his work features colorful sports portraits with exceptionally crisp details. Here are his best tips.
Creative platforms like Behance are becoming the go-to portfolio choice for many designers. Since launching his Behance portfolio, Gabriel has also seen success.
Becoming familiar with multiple design trends and software is also essential to building a professional reputation and portfolio. Gabriel, himself, mentions a love for several great design tools.
Graphic designer Lyndi Priest is a multifaceted creative who has lived and worked in San Francisco for the past ten years. With a background in multiple areas, she shares the key to balancing a versatile portfolio.
Does diversifying your projects affect the overall impact of your portfolio? She says:
Using social media to gain more exposure and business opportunities is also a must. Lyndi recommends online portfolios or professional websites for opening new doors:
Creative director and designer Ali Taylor is the CEO of BelMarketing Design Studio. When he isn't pursuing his love of design, he actively participates in local business-building activities in New Jersey. Here's some insight into his advice on creative portfolios:
Which platforms have worked the best for him? He says:
Building a strong network of creative colleagues can also help you when making important decisions about your portfolio. Ali's final recommendation is to be open to sincere constructive criticism.
So let's go over a quick recap of four essential portfolio tips from these talented designers.
Now is the time to make the most out of your resources. Though it's natural to feel stressed over your portfolio, I hope these designers have inspired you to tackle the challenge.
Thank you to all the artists who have lent their advice to this article. Feel free to explore their portfolios by visiting the links below.
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