Helpful Tips to Make the Best of Your Portfolio Review

It’s that time of year when all of you senior design students are working hard on your thesis projects and thinking about getting started/a job in the design industry.

That means it is time to polish up your portfolio, and AIGA is here to help you get your portfolio job interview worthy.

AIGA Upstate New York is hosting several portfolio reviews to help you be ready to begin interviewing for your design job.


Resources and Tips

  1. Mitch Goldstein, @mgoldst, has put together a set of suggestions that will help you get a great, focused, helpful portfolio review: Portfolio Review Preparation
  2. Don’t procrastinate.
  3. If you are presenting a print project, make sure to present it printed.
  4. Mitch’s second suggestion: Know everything about each project you show.
    It is important to be able to explain your work. Rehearse it so that you can hear yourself speaking about.
  5. Check out your colleagues’ portfolios, and listen while they describe their projects.
  6. Describe your projects to your colleagues.
  7. Choose projects that translate into multiple formats. If you have an awesome illustration, how might that be used as a poster, t-shirt, on social media, etc.
  8. Ask for help.
  9. Ask questions.

AIGA is here to help you succeed, and we have resources to help get you started and happy in your future design career. Join Upstate New York AIGA and jump start your design career.

Published April 3, 2019