Ask DN: Did you write your personal/portfolio text yourself?

7 years ago from , Designer & Developer

I'm currently in distress to write a personal description of myself and some case studies. As I am not a native english speaker, nor a texter/writer, but want to provide an excellent written story, I see myself searching some good writer for spell checking etc. soon.

What about you? Did you write your portfolio text yourself? Did you let it check by some professional writer?

P.S. If you happen to know a good writer, I'd really like to get in touch with him/her :)


  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, 7 years ago

    Writing is an integral part of your portfolio. It demonstrates your ability to convey ideas and communicate your thoughts. It takes a lot of practice to write well but It's a soft skill that designers should have.

    Ask anyone out there to write about themselves and they'll struggle. (Unless someone who is really good at expressing themselves or have no issues with his/her ego)

    I wrote my own copy and case study, and it took almost as long as designing/building it because of so many iterations and errors. I still think it's not the best but at least it's from me. Whenever I talk to someone about it, it doesn't have that disconnected thought of what you read isn't what you get.

    A good trick I used is start by key points and then write them into full sentence. After that, add points to reinforce your main message.

    Just like a good book, it takes some editing to get to where you want it to be. I say give it a whirl, and then show it to someone else. Get their feedback and reiterate. Ask questions about it, it's not too different from designing a good product.

    19 points
    • Martin Broder, 7 years ago

      Really great comment, sir.

      I agree with you, that a designer should have the ability to express himself with his own words. At the end, you are the one who know yourself best.

      Did you let it check for errors by someone? My biggest ”fear” is that the sentences I write are full of errors. I'm a bit paranoid there.

      1 point
      • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 7 years ago

        For my portfolio, I definitely had 2 or 3 people go through and read it to make sure it made sense as well as to suggest edits. It helped because it pointed out areas that maybe got a little too confusing as well as helped me with any grammatical stuff.

        1 point
      • Tierney CyrenTierney Cyren, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

        I'm a web design/development student (4.0 GPA, fourth semester) who loves to write and edit. I'd be happy to look over your writing for you. Hit me up: bitnb@subvertising.org.

        5 points
      • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, 7 years ago

        My fiance always poke fun of me when she read my sentences filled with mistakes. I was lucky enough for her to spot the early mistakes before having another friend do another sanity check for me. Saved me the embarrassment of having linking up weird sentences when I lose my train of thought.

        Definitely have someone else help read it, and see where they don't understand or missed the point. Its even better if someone outside the industry reads it, you'll get a better sense of writing in better clarity.

        There are tons of people here who are willing to help, all you need to do is ask. :)

        0 points
  • Victor WareVictor Ware, 7 years ago

    You seem to have a good enough handle on English that you could write your own copy and then work with someone to edit it. I don't think you need to hire a professional. You could ask a friend who's a better writer. A second set of eyes on writings is always a good thing.

    I'm not the best writer but I'd be willing to help edit if you send me the copy. victor (at) studioneversleeps.com

    3 points
  • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, 7 years ago

    I have to say writing and editing case studies for my portfolio takes up more time than designing my portfolio for me personally. And english is my first language.

    1 point
  • Joe AlfonsoJoe Alfonso, 7 years ago

    I did but i have a copywriter friend edit it for me. I pay her in beer and food since we help each other out. Never under estimate the power of a good copywriter. They're like hawks when looking for errors and they can make an awkward sentence sing.

    1 point
  • William GuerraWilliam Guerra, 7 years ago

    I wrote it myself, and it was an ordeal. It is not good at all, it took me several days, and I'm very unhappy with it. Stupid "about me" sections...

    0 points
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, 7 years ago

    Writing is one of my stronger skills, but I was surprised at how helpful it was to have someone else do some work on our portfolio case studies. I had blind spots for length and structure that another writer saw right away.

    After he re-wrote the case studies, I went back in and edited them a bit for some details, and to keep the style consistent with the rest of the site. I'd recommend having another person involved in some way, as just a reader, an editor, or as a primary writer. We can never see it all ourselves.

    0 points