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Web Design Portfolio Strategies

March 31, 2009

As a web designer a personal, online portfolio is very important. For instance, if you are a student or if your unemployed then you need a portfolio to show possible employers your skills as a web designer, which then might lead to you being hired. If you’re doing freelance work then you need a portfolio to showcase your projects, so people will contact you about possible gigs. If you are a designer in a studio, then you might use your portfolio to blog about your design experiences or show people how to build a presence online.

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The most important thing to remember about your portfolio is it’s all about promoting you. Your name is your brand and the only way that people are going to know about it, is if you get it out there. And as a web designer, it is extremely important for you to have an awesome portfolio.

One of the first and most important element of your portfolio is your logo. This is how people will remember you when they leave your website. Make sure that your logo is in a very readable spot, the top left position is usually ideal. The logo does not have to be your name, but if you want to get your name out there, it might be good to consider it. Also, make sure your logo links back to your homepage.

Another important factor to consider is taglines. When prospective employers or clients look at your website, they will want to know what you do. So let them know what you do and keep it short and catchy.

The most essential element in your portfolio is the actual content. Be sure to include all of the best of your previous work. Provide links to the work you have done for other site. Help the viewer of your portfolio along by providing brief descriptions of your work and what skills they entailed. Also, having testimonials will greatly enhance your portfolio.

With your portfolio you’ll want to go more in depth with what services you provide. Though it may seem clear what services you offer, you don’t want to leave you clients guessing or you might miss out on some work.

This portfolio is all about you, so you will want a section within the portfolio that will show the prospective client who the person behind the work is. Share with your viewer your background, how many years you have been doing design, and what your educational background is. It is an important way for the potential client to form a connection with you.

So when you begin working on your portfolio, utilize these strategies and the improvement to your portfolio will increase your chances of finding what you were looking for!

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