Ask DN: Where do you draw the honesty line?

almost 4 years ago from Chris Arnold, Partner at Authentic Form & Function

  • Michael AfonsoMichael Afonso, almost 4 years ago

    This makes me feel like I was rejected from my last job application because my work is awful and I don't know it. Someone take a look at my work and tell me on a scale of shit to "okay" where I stand??

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    • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, almost 4 years ago

      You're work is fine! I think you have more work to do, to developer your own style. But your stuff isn't shit, its very polished, at least from what i saw on your portfolio

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      • Michael AfonsoMichael Afonso, almost 4 years ago

        PHEW, I know I definitely have a lot more to do but it's good to know i'm on that right track, at least from your perspective, haha thanks.

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    • Anthony Gibson, almost 4 years ago

      Ditto, you're work is on the right track. I'd recommend a few things:

      • Focus your efforts on telling a really good story about your process. Start with one item in your portfolio and spend as much time designing the story that explains the why/how/what of your design as you spent on the design itself. Explain the process you took, initial concepts and why you made the decisions you made.

      • Second, when looking for design jobs find a few companies you want to work at and focus on pitching to them, not developing a boilerplate portfolio and sending it to everyone. This is a really good article on how much work it can take, but how much it can also pay off: http://joelcalifa.com/blog/how-i-got-hired-by-digitalocean/

      I'm no shinning example of these two recommendations, but 6 months into my first "real" design job, these are things I wish someone would have told me. Good luck!

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      • Chris ArnoldChris Arnold, almost 4 years ago

        I agree with these points as well. When I'm talking about sub par work, this isn't that :) Michael, keep up the strong work here and aim to get a little better with each project. Loving the suggestion to "pitch" a company, too, which Anthony elegantly points out as well.

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      • Michael AfonsoMichael Afonso, almost 4 years ago

        These are two really great points. I really have noticed the first point already in my work and have to take the time to really develop my case studies a bit more. The second point looks like i'll have to delve into the link you posted and apply it. Thank you for the advice, it's really rare that I can get the chance for a decent portfolio review.

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