How to create a professional portfolio

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

A portfolio is more than just a collection of your work. For creatives and non-creatives alike, a portfolio is a calling card to the outside world. It’s a way for you to showcase your abilities while sharing your story.

Portfolios can be used to help boost your personal brand, share your skill set, increase your digital visibility, and most importantly attract potential clients.

Creating a portfolio that stands out while quickly and clearly sharing your expertise and value with visitors is important. First impressions count no matter what industry you’re in, it’s not only designers and creatives that get to create amazing portfolios.

Even if you work in a non-creative role, thinking outside the box can help you represent your work visually and take advantage of the way people process information.

So, what elements make up a well thought out and professional portfolio?

You & Your Work

You want to create a portfolio that shows off who you are and what you’re offering. Help clients understand what it’s like to work with you by introducing yourself, sharing your experience, personality, and background.

The work you decide to include in your portfolio has to be the right mixture of ingredients to shine. Include your best (or most successful projects, quality over quantity), and content that targets your ideal client (keep to your niche or where you want to be).

Don’t limit yourself to work projects alone, include personal projects or mock-ups. Having a mixture of content lets you showcase your skill and creativity, something all clients are looking for. 

Showcasing you and your work together is all part of building your personal brand.

Simplicity (Design and Navigation)

When it comes to portfolios ‘less is more’ really is the best. Keeping the design and layout of your portfolio clean and simple to use is important in creating a good first impression.

Categorizing (or filtering) your work makes your portfolio easier to navigate and informs clients of the different skills or areas of expertise you have. Make yourself accessible so clients know how to best contact you.  

Awards and Accomplishments

Including social proof or your track record in the portfolio helps build credibility and trustworthiness in your personal brand.

Share client testimonials, awards, and certificates. Let people know how good you really are.

Keep evolving

A portfolio is an evolving collection of your work and professional career. Search engines are always looking for fresh content and clients want to see up to date styles.

Update and change your portfolio as you grow, your goals change and your work evolves.

Creating a portfolio is an effective way to highlight your uniqueness in a sea of competition, it helps potential clients understand more about you, your style, abilities, and accomplishments.

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Why Good Website Design is Important

Creativity is a combination of discipline and childlike spirit.

Robert Greene

It’s 2019, and long-gone are the days of the “old” internet. The days when having a website at all was an achievement, rather than an expectation. The days when websites were designed using handwritten – hand-typed? – HTML and CSS codes. The days when the idea of visiting a website via mobile phone was completely unthinkable.

Now, things are totally different. Good web design – including appealing visual design, a strong user interface/user experience design, and responsiveness – is crucial to the success of any company, brand or personal brand, or business. 

But if you’re not convinced, here’s a list of four reasons why good web design is something you’ll want to aim for.

To make a good impression

When your customer visits your website, what is the first thing they’re going to see? Within just a few seconds – maybe without even scrolling – they’re going to make a judgment about your brand. It might not necessarily be a fair assessment, but it’s going to happen. So it’s important to be prepared.

According to a study by Adobe, consumers prefer to look at something that is beautifully-designed, rather than looking at something plain. With an uninspiring designed website, customers may be more likely to leave the page.

To build trust

It’s harder for an audience to want to trust a brand if a website isn’t mindfully done. As we’ve discussed in prior blog posts, most people still seek and crave human connection, even though we’re living in the online world. A clean, well-designed, updated website gives an important insight into the type of brand you are.

Your website can even serve as the first contact when it comes to customer service. It’s important to make your audience feel welcome when visiting you online.

To increase SEO

Search engine optimization – SEO – has become increasingly important over the years. If brands want to capitalize on the search engine algorithms, then it’s essential to create, and index, website content accordingly. Even the little things, like including photos and tagging information in the right way, can make a big difference.

It all comes down to visibility. Web design can be challenging – though it’s a bit more manageable with content management platforms, and good practice of SEO fundamentals are what can really help your website get a step ahead in the search engine algorithm game.

To stay competitive

Even if you’re skeptical about all these other reasons listed above, there’s one more that might make you think twice: good website design is essential if you’re planning to keep your brand or business competitive in your industry. The truth is that your competitors might already be working on designing the latest, greatest website.

With more than 1.5 billion websites online, why should audiences spend any of their time on websites that don’t offer a thoughtful experience? You can probably remember times when you’ve been searching online, and for whatever reason, you didn’t like or trust the website you were on. (Maybe you were on your phone and it wasn’t mobile-friendly.) What did you do? You probably left the page in search of the next website that met your needs. Good web design will keep your audience from doing the same thing to you.

We know web design isn’t easy, especially with the never-ending changes and evolutions in the technological landscape. At Brieffin, our digital marketing focus has led us to a wealth of experiences in the web design space. We are proud of the websites we’ve created in cooperation with our clients over the past years.

If you’re looking for a partner to help you achieve your website design goals, we’d love to chat with you – so reach out to us!

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