Graphic Design Portfolio
Behance - Your Online Portfolio
- Create your own online graduate portfolio with Behance
- Create a Behance account (it's free)
- Upload and showcase at least 5 samples of your best work
- Title each piece and write a brief description stating your objective, idea, and execution
- Complete these three categories on your Behance page:
• About Me
• Work Experience
• On The Web - (optional, but helpful)
- "Follow" Craig's Behance page and we'll review and critique your progress together in class.
- (Optional) If you have an active Creative Cloud membership you can launch a free website portfolio. I'll demo this in class.
My Behance homepage
My Behance Prosite (automatically created and updated)
Job seekers… You should have a behance account. And you should use it to share your portfolio of creative work with potential employers. Think of it as visual social networking.
Getting to show off your work to fellow designers and having them appreciate your work is an added benefit.
Like LinkedIn, Behance provides an incredibly easy and efficient way to build your valuable professional network. It offers many options for the job seeker that you should take advantage of. I will demonstrate my Behance account and profile in class to hopefully inspire you to do the same. It has many helpful tools to help you impress a potential employer with your amazing artwork. It can also help you build a portfolio website (if you pay to have it published. It's free with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription).
Mock ups - Free
A Good Behance Portfolio
Here are a few "best practices" to follow when creating and maintaining your online portfolio. Take the time to invest in your portfolio--It will help land you your first job!
I'll show you several samples of online portfolios in class. We'll review them, critique them, and together discover what a great online portfolio looks like.
- 5–7 samples of your best design work
- Update often
- Show a variety of skills and projects
- Don't have too many samples--it's not your dumping-ground for everything you've ever drawn or designed. Too many is too much!
- Quality images, or quality photos of your work "on display"
- Show "big picture" and "small picture" examples (show closeups and details)
- Show your process (thumbnails, developmental sketches, wireframe previews, etc.) Let them see "under the hood."
- A thorough, yet succinct, description of your projects
• Inject a little personality into your writing
• Tell a bit about yourself and your career goals
• What are you passionate and excited about?
- An enticing cover page (on homepage)
- Quick links to share your work socially
- I made my images RGB, PNG or JPEG, high quality, 600 pixels wide
(TIP: make your images 150ppi and the viewer will be able to click to view a larger image with more detail)
- I added a dropshadow to some images in Photoshop
Presenting your Work on Behance
There are many creative and impressive ways to present your work to viewers on Behance. I created a Behance collection of interesting ways other designers have presented their work. (You can view it here)
Here are a few examples of styles that are interesting and popular:
- Take actual photos of your mocked up pieces
- Add a textured background to create interest
- Create a unique method to display your piece. This can also show the size of your piece.
- Try to place your marketing material in its real-life setting.
Clients may have a difficult time visualizing how your marketing material will look when in use.