I like to periodically visit the personal sites of design heroes, colleagues, industry friends, and look at the way they talk about their work in their portfolios. More recently I've been interviewing designers to join our design team, and in the process I've seen a lot of portfolios, as you can imagine.
In this whole portfolio-viewing exercise I always scratch my head when I see the amount of product designers that build their portfolios using an non-customized or mildly tweaked theme for something like Squarespace or WordPress.
I'm not sure how I feel about that. So I would love to understand people's reasons.
If you have chosen this route before, would you share why you've preferred it versus crafting it all yourself? I presume one is significantly less time consuming than the other. But is that the only reason?
Would love to pick your brain! Can you share how you build your portfolio and why?