Crafting a Successful Digital Portfolio as a Creative Professional

May 3, 2021
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May 3, 2021 ThePost

As a creative professional looking for a new role, you need to showcase your creativity right from the get-go. This means crafting a digital portfolio that needs to (of course) be creative, unique, and place you ahead of the pack.

Sounds simple, right? While this is no easy feat, with the right tools, tips, and tricks you’ll be able to create a killer digital creative portfolio that’ll knock the socks off potential employers. 

As we’ve previously spoken about ways to refresh your resume, in this post, we focus on six ways to create a successful digital portfolio.

6 Tips to Creating a Digital Creative Portfolio

  1. Start with a Plan

Sketch an outline of what you want your digital portfolio to look like. Think about what pieces you want to include, your color palette, font choices, and overall design style.

This is a good way to narrow down what you think should be showcased. You may end up with way too much at the start, but by using a process of elimination you can slowly select the work that demonstrates your true talent.

  1.  Create New Designs

Perhaps you are just starting out in a creative field and don’t have a big body of work to choose from. If this is the case, take the time to create more! Set yourself a couple of ‘dream projects’ and use them to add a different dimension to your digital creative portfolio.

If, for example, you’re applying for a publishing house, make sure you have layouts and book covers included in your digital portfolio. And if you’re not completely happy with a project, rather leave it out and create something that you feel 100% proud to include. 

  1. Lay it All Out

Now that you’ve selected and created some new designs where necessary, print out each piece of your portfolio and lay them all out on your desk or dining room table. Use this step to see if you need to fine-tune any pieces before making the final decision to add them in.

This process will also help you to see what designs and projects complement and work well together. Next, you’ll need to choose a platform to create your digital portfolio. Fortunately, there are several great platforms to help you craft a professional-looking portfolio. For a list of top platforms, click here. 

  1. Be Wise with Words

While a digital creative portfolio is visual, you’ll of course need to include text too. Most importantly, think about what you’d like to say in your ‘About Me’ section. This is a crucial part of your digital portfolio that needs to be well written, interesting, and engaging. Perhaps you’d also like to include a few client testimonials or maybe even some quotes from previous employers or personal recommendations.

Try to think about different ways you can tell your future employee things about yourself. Maybe a graph showing how your new branding helped to increase sales or icons to highlight various awards you’ve won. 

  1. Embed a Video

Video resumes seem to be trending right now. So, why not include one in your digital portfolio? This way recruiters and potential employers can get a feel for you as a person. A video lets them see how you present yourself and gives them greater insight into your personality and demeanor.

This way HR or management can determine if you are a good fit for the company before an actual interview takes place. This also often helps to save a lot of time and effort during the recruitment process too. 

  1. Don’t Forget to Tell Your Story

As much as your digital portfolio tells recruiters and companies about your skills and experience, it also needs to tell the story of you. Include things like where you’ve been and where you want to go. Don’t forget to mention your goals and aspirations too.

Remember, this is a deeply personal look at who you are as a creative and as an individual, let your digital portfolio captivate your audience and make them want to meet you.

Industry Talent Recruitment 

Are you looking for a new creative role? As one of the leaders in industry talent recruitment and outplacement firms, Interior Talent has a range of positions within the architecture and interior design fields.

With a heavy focus on top talent recruitment, our area of expertise and ability to continually adapt to the unique needs of our clients allows us to provide focused, individualized service. 

To land your dream job, get in touch with us today at info@interiortalent.com or find out more on our expertise