Should designers portfolio?(twitter.com)

almost 6 years ago from Moe Amaya

  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, almost 6 years ago

    Seems like an overstatement but I share the sentiment both from an applying and hiring perspective.

    Applicant - Honestly, with my current role, it's almost impossible to find time to update and maintain something I have done a million times at work. All with the maintain and build keeping my own content and site up to date, It's tough. On top of that, with all the IP and sensitivity around projects, everything has an NDA attached. However, I interpret this as digital/web portfolio, but have one in hand to show and talk. That I have tonnes I can share in person. Now getting in the door, that's probably another thing.

    Hiring - I've interviewed a lot of people but it definitely makes it easier to interpret if someone has a necessary background and skill set, but we also have some who fabricate their role and involvement by taking credit for someone else's work. Portfolio as a ticket isn't always right. Some of the better talents also have a minimal web presence but was able to articulate and get through the initial door. They do bring work to the table but largely it was a about the person and the role.

    So a fancy portfolio is great to have, but I feel not a must up front. There are a lot of other factors do come in to play when hiring, but definitely show some work that you can talk about.

    6 points