Get Worked Up: Present Yourself, Milo Axelrod

Following is a brief summary of the presentations from Get Worked Up conference, September 22.
Part 5

Present Yourself
— Milo Axelrod

There is no escape; you need a portfolio. Fortunately, Milo is really good at making portfolios, and shares some tricks that they have learned to make your portfolio creation process less painful.

Your portfolio will probably be in a digital format, and it will be viewed and reviewed by non-designers and designers. Most likely, you will not be there to explain the background about each entry, so it’s extremely important for your work to be able to speak for itself.

Milo breaks down portfolio creation into three steps: 1. Outline, 2. Inspo, and 3. Assembly. Keeping these categories in mind can help you untangle and clarify your projects.

1. Outline

Think about your projects from the viewer’s perspective. Make an outline to determine exactly what information you want to include in your portfolio entry. This can help give your projects context and help you present your projects succinctly and effectively.

A case study is your portfolio’s crowning jewel.

2. Inspo

Take some time to investigate what is already out there. Find out how other designers present similar projects.

Look at how other people handled similar projects.

3. Assembly

When you put your portfolio together, use the tools that you already are familiar with. This is NOT the time to learn new stuff — stick with what you already know. Also, speed development along by taking advantage of the assets available from the design community, like free mockups.

The best tool is the one you already know how to use.

Putting together a portfolio is time consuming, hard work. If you put Milo’s strategy to use though, constructing your portfolio will be less overwhelming and painful. You will end up with an awesome portfolio that speaks for you.

Take Away: Care. Be willing to do the work. Free stuff is good.

Milo Axelrod
Behance: /Milo on Behance
Podcast: Describing a Rock
Twitter: @miloaxelrod
Website: Milo Axelrod


More presentations from Get Worked Up:

Mitch Goldstein, Start at the Start

Do It Anyway: Finding Opportunity in Unusual Places, Nicole Cooke

Do what you love, and you’ll still feel like you are working (sometimes), Sam Fuller

Vote Oswego Design strategy, Danielle Benincase

#TruthTella: Lessons Learned, Curtis Canham
Leading Creative Teams, Eleazar Hernandez 

Closing Remarks, Co-President Shauna Keating

More information about the AIGA Emerge program:

Upstate New York Twitter: @AIGAUPSTNY
AIGA Emerge: #aigaemerge

Published September 25, 2018