Your 2019 Portfolio Might Be More Succinct Without These Unessential Details2 min read


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While the age-old principle, “Keep it simple, stupid,” is honored by designers across projects, they often forget to put it to practice in their own portfolios; but guess what? Potential clients and bosses wish you followed this rule too.

Fabricio Teixeira, design director at Brooklyn-based digital product agency Work & Co, has wittily shared with technology site TNW four “useless things” he sees in creative portfolios.

Read on to find out which details you might want to eliminate from your profile to make it appear more succinct and check out Teixeira’s full article here.

Skill charts

Skill charts don’t gauge your skillset as much as you might imagine they would, Teixeira says. First of all, your potential employer isn’t “hiring a robot” that can deliver quantitative output. Further, programs update their features frequently, which means it’s difficult to maintain the same level of talent throughout.

Most importantly, here’s why this rigid system might not work in a design portfolio: “I hope you are able to flex your tools once I hire you,” Teixeira elaborates.

Generic slogans

So, you design “meaningful experiences” and are striving to “improve people’s lives.” The same goes for every other professional who calls themselves a designer.

Lengthy ‘about’ pages

Save the lofty details for your LinkedIn profile. Your personality, background, and sense of humor should shine through in your online portfolio instead. Tell future clients something they “won’t be able to find on LinkedIn,” Teixeira says. “Or in another designer.”

In his full write-up, Leixeira touches on one more detail that you might want to consider leaving out from your design portfolio. Read it here.

[via TNW, images via various sources]