You graduated from a design school or you are a still a student and want to start your creative career? Well, you need a portfolio to get a job, obviously. It can be frustrating if you don’t have enough work to put in. How to build up a portfolio? Here are some tips on building up your portfolio.
1) Create your own brand
It is always important how you present yourself to clients. Get a solid brand identity for yourself as a designer. You will look more professional.
Design a logo, business card, and website for yourself. Be different.
2) Work for your portfolio
This place you work for, it can be a local charity, a company belonging to a friend or a family member. If you’ve noticed that your favourite café’s menu could be better, why not suggest that to the owners?
3) Create your dream project
Clients want to see how well you are able to work on a design accommodating to their specific needs. However, there’s no rule that your portfolio has to be filled with real-life projects. If you don’t have any work to show off your best skills, why not make up your own?
4) Enter competitions
Third party recommendations are always more convincing than self-promotion. By winning a competition, you’re proving that you can out-do several other designers in front of a panel of impartial judges – possibly the best third party recommendation you could hope to receive. Whatever you do, make sure you retain copyright of anything you submit.