Should designers portfolio?(

over 6 years ago from Moe Amaya

  • Mike Wilson, over 6 years ago

    If you can't coherently and succinctly communicate what you've done for clients in the past using visuals and words, then you aren't a very good designer. Presenting information and making it digestible is in the damn job description. While it might take some time to put together, portfolios are the great equalizer. They cut through all the credentialism bullshit (were your rich parents able to pay for RISD?) and social/race/gender bias.

    I don't think I know a single person who would hire someone who is still expected to be executional without showing work samples. It doesn't have to be a bunch of novel-length case studies, just something. There's way too many "big team" designers floating around now who have gotten good at Fortune 500 company politics while never actually designing anything.

    The exception is if you are management level, which at that point, it's more about what your team has done and not you specifically.

    11 points
    • Account deleted over 6 years ago

      When you read his thread, he is not saying it's OK to not have a portfolio. He's saying it's sad how many companies require one immediately to even start a dialogue. ANY dialogue. Without one, the submission process falls down and even the most talented people never get through.

      To be fair though, there is no excuse to not have a domain and at least some messaging/design to the effect of "Work samples available on request" ... some presence.

      In the end, this is something that affects newer designers more than those whom have built up a network and have some work history behind their belt.

      I completely agree with the "Fortune 500" comment though.

      10 points