5 Things Your Web Design Portfolio Is Missing
TimothyBlake • April 5th, 2012
Living in the 20th century being a web designer and not having a portfolio is simply ludicrous. A web portfolio is a powerful commodity, it’s the perfect way to present and sell yourself to new clients, and one of the easiest ways to showcase your skills to a world wide audience.
Creating a good portfolio which entices clients is no small task, therefore through out the article I will be sharing tips and tricks on how you can enhance your web portfolio.
Only showcase your best work, rather than every design project you have worked on in the past decade. It’s pointless to feature projects which you consider to not be your best possible work you have produced. Your goal is to wow clients with every project on your portfolio.
Make it as simple as possible for clients to contact you
The main focus of your portfolio is to attract potential clients to hire your design skills for their project. Its essential that its incredibly easy and effortless for them in order to contact you. Make sure your contact information is easily accessible on each page within your portfolio, as well as offering multiple ways clients can contact you, whether its through email or social media Facebook, Twitter, Google+ the more options the better.
Creating a unique design or incorporating unique web design elements into your portfolio, will not only separate your website from the overcrowded amount of web portfolios already out their, but will certainly also make your design memorable to potential new clients. It will serve as great source of envy for other web designers who stumble across your portfolio, as well as good source of inspiration.
Constantly give your portfolio the time and attention it deserves
Theirs nothing worse than seeing a marvellous web portfolio which has been negated by its creator. Constantly update your portfolio with fresh new content designs, latest projects etc.
A client may click on one of your web design projects an make a preconceptional judgement, on your skills based on looking at a project you worked on 5 years ago, unaware to the fact that your skills may have got extremely better since that period of time. Update your portfolio as frequently as possible with your best and latest projects, if its not your best work ensure its not showcased.
Utilize your blog section in order to share your personality and web related achievements i.e where your design projects have been featured, awards you may have received etc.
I utilize my blog in order to give clients an insight into my personality, when I’m not creating web pages in order show them that I’m a real person and its not some sort of robot sitting behind a computer. I share my Passion and love for martial arts via videos and photos of me in tournaments and training. A blog section helps clients to find a connection between you and them and makes you come across as more approachable.