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Creating a Graphic Design Portfolio

Creating a Graphic Design Portfolio

A graphic design portfolio is vital for proving your graphic design skills and for attracting the attention of more employers, recruiters, and clients. “Simply put, a graphic design portfolio can establish your legitimacy as a designer worth hiring.” No pressure, right? The good news is that creating your graphic design portfolio is easy and, depending on the platform you choose, can also be free. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for creating your very own graphic design portfolio.

Choose the Right Graphic Design Portfolio Platform

For better or worse, there are a lot of options available for creating your own portfolio. We’re going to focus on some of our favorite free ones.

1. Behance

Behance is amazing because it’s so much more than just a place to host your graphic design portfolio. Behance is also a social media platform for creatives to interact with other creatives, search for design inspiration, and more. Behance is one of the most widely used graphic design portfolio sites, and it’s free and easy to use. To get started, visit www.behance.net and click on “Sign Up With Email” at the top. From there, it will walk you through the basics of signing up for an account.
Graphic Design Portfolio platform Behance

2. Adobe Portfolio

Adobe Portfolio offers options to create a single-page website or a full gallery to showcase your work. This platform allows you to create a customized and professional graphic design portfolio in minutes. And if you’re already an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you have access to Adobe Portfolio for free. Oh, and this platform has the ability to integrate with Behance to import your projects for even greater visibility!
Graphic Design Portfolio Adobe

3. Crevado

Crevado is one of the easiest graphic design portfolio sites because of their simple, yet powerful, drag-and-drop tool that allows you to upload your files and rearrange them however you’d like. If you’re looking for something simple, free, and good looking, Crevado might be just right for you. 
Graphic Design Portfolio Crevado

Curate Your Best Work

Now comes the fun part. After you’ve chosen which graphic design portfolio platform to use, it’s time to put it all together. When considering which designs to include in your portfolio, make sure that you’re showing your versatility and remember that quality is more important than quantity. Show your best examples rather than all of your examples. Tell the story of each sample! Finally, make sure that your portfolio is clean and easy to navigate.
Graphic Design Portfolio work

Include Case Studies

Including case studies on your portfolio gives site visitors a sense of your project’s background, the problem you were aiming to solve through design, and helps potential clients understand the process you took to arrive at the final stage of the project. Don’t overlook this step, it’s important to provide the big picture of how a project moves through the design process and shows your credibility!
Graphic Design Portfolio descriptions

Show Your Personality

Your graphic design portfolio should give viewers a sense of your personality. Have fun. Be creative (you are a graphic designer, after all). Tell your story. Use language that speaks to your abilities. And be sure to describe your process so potential clients get a good feel for what it will be like to work with you.
Graphic Design Portfolio design exmple

Get to Work!

Now that you’re ready to dive into the graphic design portfolio world, pencil in some time to get started. Or if you’re still new to the graphic design world and want to learn more about design elements or software programs before you create a portfolio, we would love to help. Take a look at some of the classes we offer, then contact us to learn more!

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