Top 6 Tips for Creating a Digital Graphic Design Portfolio [2023]

Posted: Dec 12, 2022 | By: Jordan Halliday  | Updated: Jan 12, 2023

COLLEGE STUDENTS

If you are a college student studying graphic design, you know that having a strong portfolio is crucial for landing your dream job or internship. But with so many other responsibilities competing for your time, it can be tough to know where to start when it comes to creating a digital portfolio that showcases your skills and abilities.

Here are some tips to help you create a portfolio that will help you stand out from the crowd:

Stand out from competitors

Illustration by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

① SHOWCASE A DIVERSE RANGE OF WORK

Your portfolio should showcase a diverse range of work, including different types of design such as branding, packaging, web design, and more. This will demonstrate your versatility as a designer and your ability to adapt to different projects and clients. But remember, while showcasing a diverse range of work is important, it’s also important to emphasize your unique style and voice.

USE HIGH QUALITY, VISUALLY STRIKING IMAGES

Your portfolio should be filled with high-quality, visually striking images that showcase your skills and abilities. These images should be large enough to be seen clearly, and should be optimized for the web.

CREATE A USER FRIENDLY INTERFACE

Your portfolio should be easy to navigate and should allow potential clients or employers to quickly find the information they are looking for. Organize your portfolio in a logical and easy-to-understand way, and use headings and subheadings to make it easy to scan. Highlight your most important projects and make sure that your contact information is prominently displayed.

USE CASE STUDIES OR PROJECT BREAKDOWNS

Include case studies or project breakdowns in your portfolio to provide more information about your process and thought process. This will give potential clients or employers a better understanding of your design philosophy and how you approach problem-solving. Make sure to keep them engaging and easy to read.

OPTIMIZE YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR SEARCH ENGINES

Make sure your portfolio is optimized for search engines by including keywords relevant to your field and ensuring that your images and videos have alt tags. This will make it easier for potential clients or employers to find you online.

SHARE YOUR PORTFOLIO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Share your portfolio on social media, it will help you to reach a wider audience and make it easy for potential clients or employers to view your work. Make sure to keep your online presence professional and up-to-date.

'Saturday Morning' an illustration by Jordan Halliday Founder and Creative Director of Pinebee Creative.

“Addicted to Video Games” – Illustration by Jordan Halliday of Pinebee Creative

IN CONCLUSION

Creating a digital graphic design portfolio as a college student can be challenging, but by following these tips, you can create a portfolio that will help you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job or internship. Remember, your portfolio is a work in progress, don’t be afraid to make changes or updates as you continue to grow as a designer. Good luck!

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