Should designers portfolio?(twitter.com)

almost 6 years ago from Moe Amaya

  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 6 years ago

    seems like an oversimplification, varies wildly based on the design role.

    2 points
    • Account deleted almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      The core of what he is saying is correct though. Really good designers never have time to mess around with a new portfolio site just for the heck of it. They have freelance or they have a FT job to get stuff done. Maybe it's even a pet project... but it sure isn't a portfolio.

      The main issue he is bringing up is that when companies require a portfolio to even start a dialogue, the process is messed. My last few jobs have all been landed through networking... and once they pinged me "Hey, X said you might be a great fit for what we're doing... do you have time to chat"... I went all-in on creating an updated "portfolio" to show them.

      Portfolios shouldn't be a requirement to talk, it should be something that validates that someone does the work they say they do.

      EDIT: A way around this though is what some designers like Dann Petty are doing... simply updating Dribbble or a Behance account with a quick screenshot. It's a "taste" without the time-suck of a traditional online portfolio.

      9 points
      • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 6 years ago

        Portfolios shouldn't be a requirement to talk, it should be something that validates that someone does the work they say they do.

        i agree, there are other ways to start the conversation. but the question is about having a portfolio at all, not if it's needed to get a foot in the door.

        0 points
      • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

        That's exactly how we're working on new hires — approaching close people from the industry and inviting them to talk, then requesting a few extra samples of work, in the form of case studies.

        If you're a cold call applying for a job, you should have something to show your work however, at least to get the conversation started.

        0 points
        • John PJohn P, almost 6 years ago

          Thats exactly the approach all those companies in tech now accused on only hiring white dudes took.

          1 point
          • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

            Thanks for the heads up – we try to venture out there as much as possible to hire without (or with less) bias. It's a work in progress, though, as you can see from our team page :/

            Mind you, we're in Brazil, so while inequality in the workplace still happens and it's something we actively fight against, the market landscape is a whole different story.

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          • Account deleted almost 6 years ago

            There is nothing wrong with going out and hiring the best latent available - regardless of skin color, religious beliefs, etc. Attitude, communications skills, and work ethic are HUGE. If you have an inside track on someone who would gel with the team and get shit done... there is no reason you shouldn't go after them.

            The key is the job should be publicly visible on the website - and a fair period of time must be given to allow people to apply.

            You will need to look over everyone to ensure even your "inside" pick is clearly the better option for your needs. You never know, sometimes you can find great people you never anticipated in the open posting... you bring them in and like them a ton.

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