Creating the “Perfect” Portfolio

Many articles are floating around that tell web professionals exactly how to build an online presence.

Techniques, best practices and all the other “what to do’s” can be great motivation, but that is exactly what this post won’t do.

Instead, we’ll go over how to create the “perfect” portfolio, one that suits your individual needs as a web professional and that gets optimal results.

By creating a perfect portfolio, you can gain more clients and have a more successful and sustainable career.

To start with, we have to differentiate between “perfect” and “the right way” to do something. There is no right way.

 

“Perfect” vs. “The Right Way”

Let’s stop for a moment and reflect on the title of this post. How does one make the “perfect” portfolio?

We hear every day that no one is perfect, that we’re always learning and growing, which is very true. So, if we can never be perfect, how do we create something that is perfect?

There are only hundreds upon thousands of different ways, each of which is perfect for a particular individual at a particular point in their life.

We will always grow and improve, so each person’s ideal portfolio will fall out of perfection in time.

The goal today, though, is to create the most perfect portfolio for your current skill level. With it, you can grow and improve personally and professionally.

This is why this post is not a step-by-step guide of techniques and best practices. It is a set of guidelines that each professional can follow and adapt to their individual circumstances.

Of course, we can all review each other’s techniques and build upon them to suit our own needs (an excellent showcase is at the bottom of this post to get started). As you know, observing the methods of others is a great way to learn.

It’s important to understand the type of portfolio you are creating. Online portfolios showcase different types of work and so should have different styles and, in some cases, different functionality.

So, here is how to make the best portfolio — whatever your profession — to accurately represent yourself and your work.

 

The Profession

A web designer’s online portfolio should have a great style and unique design, but also user-friendly navigation, readable typography and other elements that clients will look for with their own projects.

That’s not to say that portfolios of professionals in other fields don’t have to be user-friendly. A graphic designer, for example, could bend the layout to better show off larger portfolio pieces. A client wouldn’t be as critical of the functionality in this case.

A web developer should provide more evidence of their work than just high-resolution images. Their portfolio should include links to (or examples of) projects they’ve worked on, as well as interactive effects within the design itself that the user can examine.

For example, a web developer could use jQuery to toggle content pieces open and closed. This would demonstrate a smart effect that might impress clients and show them that the developer knows what they’re doing.

It also shows that the developer is dedicated enough to add this functionality to their own portfolio, rather than just client websites, and is also aware of easy navigation options.

Creative Design Studio

 

The Goal

The second thing to consider when reflecting on the type of portfolio you are creating is your overall goal.

Is it to land a full-time job, get some contract work, get into school? Each of these goals calls for different pieces to show off and possibly a different design style.

A company hiring for an internship may prefer a more formal portfolio, but a client searching for a freelance professional may want a more creative look.

If you are looking for a job, what kind of organizations will you be applying to? A web design firm may want highly creative professionals, while another organization may just want a decent-looking website that can accommodate a wide range of visitors.

Needless to say, any professional should know how to build standards-compliant, user-friendly and attractive websites. However, you have to think closely about what the organization, client or school you are pitching to most likely wants featured.

Overall, the portfolio should reflect who you are as a web professional and accurately demonstrate all of your skills.

This will lead to a much better match between you and the organization that ends up accepting you.

 

Show Off Your Best

This should be obvious, but many professionals don’t see the benefit.

Show only your best work. New designers or developers may be inclined to include all of their work if their body of work is small, just to prove they have experience.

However, by showing mediocre work, potential clients may fear — or, worse, expect — that they will get mediocre work for their project as well.

Below are a few stages that people reach with their online portfolio.

 

Having to Start from Scratch

If you are creating your portfolio for the first time, your likely have no pieces to show off. This can trouble many beginners.

With research, you’ll find many ways to gain your first clients, but we’ll focus here on what to do with those early achievements once you’ve made them.

Blank Slate


Don’t get too eager. Putting a new piece up on your portfolio may be exciting, no matter how it turned out, just to say, “Look! I have professional experience.”

However, you should always favor quality over quantity. If you feel the work is good and accurately represents your skill level and design style, then show it off.

As any web professional knows, though, we sometimes have to create ugly work. Even after having warned the client about usability issues and ugly style, we can still be forced into making something that we know we could have — and would have — done better. Some clients are unbearably stubborn.

In these cases, just get the work done, get paid and then move on to a project that you’ll be able to shine on. At the very least, you may get a good testimonial out of the ugly project!

 

Already Have a Solid Portfolio Selection

If you have been in the business for a while and want to upgrade your portfolio, your first step is to review all of your current content and cut out anything that no longer matches your skill level and any client work that you were eager to do early on but that turned out bad.

Full Portfolio


We all grow as professionals over time. A piece that we may have considered a masterpiece five years ago is likely outdated now.

Swallow however much pride you may have had in it and cut it out.

Pieces that are outdated, ugly or that reflect “bad practice” will hold you back.

 

How to Build Your Portfolio

This is an ongoing process for web professionals, whether or not they currently have a portfolio.

Take the time to filter old material at least once a year. As an incentive, you may be happy and inspired to see how much you’ve grown. Cut out any outdated or ugly pieces.

As you build your portfolio, keep in mind that not everything has to be added to it. Only add pieces that are worth showing.

Recognize that we sometimes do bad client work, and even “portfolio building” projects can turn into nightmares. When working with new clients, though, you can always at least make constructive suggestions so that you produce the best work, both for your client and your portfolio.

 

Show Off Ambition, Expertise and Personality

Many potential clients (or whoever views your portfolio) want to see the person behind the website.

A personal portfolio is supposed to be personal, after all. Are you friendly to work with? Are you approachable? What made you want to work in this field?

If you’re passionate about your work, not only will you probably do your job better than most others, but you’ll attract clients by making personal connections.

Below are a few ways to show off your ambition and expertise. Highlighting the following would make any professional stand out.

They answer the question, “What makes you better than others?”

 

Self-Driven Projects

When I got my internship, in a highly competitive position, I was told I got the job because I was the only one who had a website.

They appreciated my passion for the subject and that I wasn’t in it only for the money or for the “professional experience” that college kids need these days. I was truly excited to get into the field.

Other applicants had 4.0 GPAs, all the necessary programming knowledge and some awesome references. All of that was impressive, but when we were asked the simple question, “How well do you know HTML?” I was the only one who could say that I learned it long before my college days.

While my personal project was for a great internship, many organizations and clients want to see personal projects, too. People who love what they do tend to do great work. Clients love to see that passion.

Start a blog, a forum or another type of website by yourself or with a small group. That fun hobby can get you noticed professionally.

 

Getting Featured in Magazines or Popular Blogs

Be sure to get out into the community and participate in any way possible. This is another way to show your passion for the field and pick up some interesting practices and habits along the way.

If you become good enough at what you do, getting featured in bigger blogs, communities and even print magazines is possible.

If you do get featured, then anyone who discovers you will see that you are a voice of authority in your niche.

The more popular you are, the more clients will be impressed (and you may even be able to charge more for your time).

Try to write guest posts or even get a job as a blogger. Being featured in interviews is also a great way to build authority, and thousands of websites are looking for designers, developers and web professionals from all niches to interview.

Instead of waiting for these opportunities to come to you, go out and find them.

Magazines

 

For Everything Else You Have to Brag About: The Résumé

A résumé isn’t just fancy-looking paper that you hand out at job fairs; it can be an essential part of your online portfolio. Always include a professional résumé, whether as a web page or a downloadable document.

You can include details for anyone who wants deeper information on you and your services. You can include school information, past jobs and references.

A résumé should be the icing on the cake of your portfolio website.

Treat an online résumé as you would a printed version that you personally hand to a potential employer. Visitors who take the time to check out your résumé are really serious about employing you.

 

Portfolio Marketing Tips

A web professional won’t do very well if no one notices their portfolio.

If you’re applying to a school or for a job, simply telling the school or business about your portfolio is one way to get it noticed.

For most designers and developers, though, the portfolio serves as a means of obtaining clients, and marketing the portfolio effectively is essential for this purpose.

Here are a few ways to attract clients.

 

Make Potential Clients Stay Longer

Many marketing studies have shown that the longer someone stays in a store, the more likely they will purchase something. Other studies have found this also to be true with websites, even portfolios.

So, the longer someone looks at your portfolio, the more likely they will contact you about their project.

Portfolio pieces and previous work are probably the best things to get potential clients to look at the longest.

There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Make sure they have a lot to look at.
    Does this mean you should include bad work to make your portfolio bigger? Of course not! Instead, if your portfolio is thin, build it by adding freebies or selling templates, themes or scripts, whatever is appropriate for your profession. This is an excellent way to fill out your portfolio, because these items will show off your personal style, not your clients’ styles.
  • Create a layout that allows visitors to access all of your projects effortlessly.
    For example, you could put small versions of all images (whether thumbnails or not) on one page, allowing visitors to easily scroll through and view many projects at once. In addition, make each image show more information when clicked. The overall goal is to give your portfolio a flow that entices visitors to continue viewing more projects.
  • Take advantage of the F-shaped reading pattern.
    If we understand how visitors read web pages, we can position content so that users are drawn to certain elements on the page. These elements should attract attention and make visitors want to dig deeper. An element could be one of your best pieces, a great testimonial or some viral content with a catchy title.
F-Pattern

 

Content Is King, So Create Valuable Content

When you have some downtime, creating some valuable viral content to feature on your portfolio is a great way to gain recognition. The content could be a blog or just simple articles in HTML format.

Whatever the content, make sure others would find it worth linking to, especially others who may lead you to clients.

Titles like “How to Find the Right Web Designer” and “How Much Should You Pay for a Logo Design?” are excellent link bait and will support you as a web professional.

Here are a few more resources for writing quality content:

 

Study Analytics

Any web professional should use their website’s analytics to find the marketing strategies that will best meet their particular goals.

A goal may be gaining clients, gaining authority and recognition or just ranking better in search engines (so that clients can find your portfolio more easily).

In this section, we’ll focus on Google Analytics because it is the most popular analytics program, it is completely free of charge, and it is (most believe) the most useful analytics tool.

The ideas presented here are very general, though, and can be applied to many other analytics programs.

  • Map Overlay
    For some, this data might be completely irrelevant. However, it can be quite helpful in most situations, not to mention fun to check out. The map overlay shows how many visitors you get from each country, as well as each state or province when you zoom in. Knowing where the majority of your visitors are from, you can tailor your design and functionality to meet their needs. For example, if many of your visitors come from non-English-speaking countries, providing a translation tool on your portfolio may be helpful.


    Map Overlay
  • New vs. Returning
    This features compares the number of your portfolio’s new and returning visitors. Do visitors never come back to your website? Or are they impressed enough to make return visits? Many people look around widely before deciding to hire someone. If you see that someone constantly returns to your portfolio, you may be in the running for a competition.


    New vs. Returning
  • Time on Site
    We have already discussed why this is important: the longer someone stays on a website, the more likely they will take action. This feature shows recent trends and whether time spent on your website is increasing or decreasing.
  • Depth of Visit
    How many pages deep into your website does each visitor go? Do people take the time to really check you out? If you see little depth in visits, you could probably be doing more to guide visitors to more content or portfolio pieces.
  • Traffic Sources
    Almost everything in this section is important for your online portfolio. Does your traffic come mainly from search engines, a few specific websites or affiliates? Analyze your referrals and determine if they are right for your portfolio. A great review of your services on a large website will benefit you much more than a forum post that will eventually die out. Make sure the referrals are useful to you professionally and are relatively permanent.

Of course, Google Analytics has more features than what we’ve mentioned, so look into it thoroughly and figure out ways to improve your portfolio’s performance.

 

Portfolio Showcases

Below are a series of showcases, divided by profession: graphic design, web design, web development and mixed (i.e. professionals who do multiple things).

Note the best and worst features in them, and think how you would improve them.

Remember that whatever you don’t like about them reflects your personal design style and habits. This may help you discover your own style and create your own perfect portfolio.

Graphic Design

These are portfolios by designers and design studios that focus on print design, as well as web design related to logos and brand identity. Many graphic designers also do web design, but most stick to their specialty.

Zinni Design
Paul Fox Design
Adrianne Well
Jesse Kirsch
Paul Lee Design
Shotopop
Agent 8 Design
Design for Fun
Harmoni
Lounge Lizard


Web Design

These are portfolios of web designers and web design studios. These individuals offer solutions designed specifically for the web, and they may do a bit of coding and logo branding as well.

Ayush Saran
Kavoon
Zee the Designer
Dean Oakley
Jason Reed
Rawkes
Paul Wallas
Komodo Media


Web Development

These are hard-core coders who create massive content management systems or database connections or who just code websites.

Made by Sofa
Contrast
Kaushalam
XHTML-Slice


Mixed

Most professionals prefer doing a mix of things: coding, graphic design, web design, content creation and marketing. Because many skills are needed to create a website, web professionals who know them all (or many of them) might appeal more to potential clients.

Clear Media
New Ice Media
Digital Convulsions
Creative Bytes
One Mighty Roar
Orman Clark

 

Further Resources

 

Conclusion

Many resources, showcases and guides are available to walk you through the process of creating a great portfolio. However, the perfect portfolio is one that is specific to you, that showcases your best work and that features techniques that the end user will find convenient and impressive.

Keep track not only of your own progress as a professional, but of the progress and growth of your portfolio as well!


Written exclusively for WDD by Kayla Knight.

Do you use these techniques in your portfolio? Please share any processes, lessons learned or personal techniques for creating a portfolio.


  • http://www.codigoycolores.com.ar AGUCAMPOS

    great! enjoy! thanks for the information!

  • http://www.webdevtuts.net Marcell

    Very good article. I am currently redesigning my portfolio so this article came up at a good time.

  • http://www.kingsdesign.net/portfolio KingsDesign

    There are some great tips mentioned in this article.

    I like the focus on your good work and also work toward area’s where you want to be rather than only looking back at your work over the years.

    It’s back to the drawing board for me and get some more creativity and interaction in my portfolio.

  • http://www.dconvulsions.com David

    Great post Kayla.

    I find working on my own portfolio as always been the hardest of things. I don’t know how many versions of my own sites I have done before putting one live.

    My actual site (which is featured in your list… thanks btw! :) ) took me one day to build… I had met a client that same day and told him I would send him a few links to websites I had done. I guess being faced up against the wall was the only way to finally get something out there at that time.

    My portfolio is missing some good case studies. Showing only your best work and building case studies that demonstrate to your visitors the what and how you came up with a finished product is a great way to let them know you are an expert at what you do.

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog Adam

    Good post very detailed.

  • http://www.krush.com.au Lisa Manson

    This is a really great post. Excellent details, fantastic examples & links!
    Thanks :)

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    its six years that i am planning to build my portfolio website, ranging from graphic design, web design, video reels and trailers, but until now, not even a single design is started, this post may help me begin to construct a great portfolio page

  • http://www.steps-to-create-a-website.com/ Create a Website

    Excellent information described. I like your sense of “perfect” v/s “right away”. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.jackwarnes.co.uk/blog Jack

    That’s a nice list of portfolio sites. Well done.

    Thanks for the post

  • http://www.moinid.com Most Interesting Ideas

    Some if ideas really nice

  • http://www.rappsodystudios.co.cc Joshua Rapp

    Great Article. Especially since I’m planning to relaunch my website this week.

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Post and examples really nice! A great information. Some points are really important. And this help me make a better work in the future! Thanks a lot!

  • http://jordsta.tumblr.com/ jordsta

    Thanks for this article! I was already building my portfolio a few hours before this, this really helps a ton!

  • http://www.stablewebdesign.co.uk Web Design Hertford

    Fantastic article – this has really made me re-think my portfolio!! More blogs like this please…

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at erk

    very helpful post

  • http://www.markstrange.dk Mark

    Amazing, everytime I come here I get new inspiration.
    Oh, and the answer’s not six anymore? :)

  • http://www.kamikazemusic.com Dave Sparks

    Thanks for the article Kayla.
    I’ve just started work revising my portfolio and the first step was cutting out nearly all of the work on there! I have two recent projects and a few to add at the moment and had about 25 – 30 on the previous portfolio.

  • http://resume.shine.com/ Your resume services guide

    excellent post. very helpful points in case someone’s creating a portfolio or creating a website. thanks for the wonderful tips.

  • http://foliofocus.com Steven Snell

    Very in-depth article Kayla, and thanks for linking to Folio Focus.

  • http://volomike.com/ Volomike

    My hardest problems are these:

    1) As a PHP developer primarily, my clients are web designers, and so they like me to code things so that they claim the site project as entirely their’s, leaving me with very little to put in my portfolio.

    2) I am a fantastic critic of other people’s websites, and do help my web designers make some sensational designs, but I end up being a very bad critic of my own designs unless I keep it simple.

    So, I really, really need to change my site again. Thanks for the post.

    • http://www.chavsdesign.com Lambert

      Hey Volomike, I’m very sorry to hear that your clients web designers would do such a thing, however in this world everything is possible. My question is, I would love to be in contact with you, I surely need a contact with a PHP developer. I honestly have to problem to give you full credibility for your work to my customers, in my case I just hope you can do the same. Right now, I’m a student designer and starting to have a little home business, it’s going very good actually, but my problem is, I have the possibility to get BIG $$ CLIENTS, but alone, I’ll never make it. But in exchange, I just wish you can do the same…

      I did give any information to contact me back, just to be sure I won’t get kick out… lol

      Any way, let me know what you think…

      Oh, before I forgot, I design my website with Photoshop Cs3 and convert them to XHTML CSS… (just in case you might wonder…)

      ciao!

  • http://blog.thinkdiff.net Mahmud Ahsan

    nice post

  • http://www.smejemesenainternetu.cz Zábavná videa

    Nice, thanks. I use it now :-)

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Brilliant article! Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk/ Jack

    Amazing! Very very nice. Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.zinnidesign.com Zinni

    Thank you for including my portfolio amongst this great resource. I was thrilled to see it featured amongst such great examples!

  • http://www.newicemedia.com New Ice Media

    Thanks for featuring my site. Great post. I love your site by the way.

  • http://webitect.net Kayla

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! Like a few of you, it took me a few designs to find just the right look for my own portfolio as well..and I’m still itching to always improve it.

  • RoaldA

    Great resource! This is very helpfull, thanks WDD! ^^

  • http://www.sukisoo.com suki soo

    This is really nice, right when I needed to redesign my website.
    Thank you very much~

  • http://www.chrismorata.com Chris Morata

    This is a great article! I just redesigned my portfolio site (www.chrismorata.com), and actually put a lot of your points to work through some research and self discovery. I especially liked the line, “The goal today, though, is to create the most perfect portfolio for your current skill level.” This took me a long time to realize, as I kept trying to redesign my portfolio as someone who had amassed a large amount of work for a large amount of clients, but I really needed something that was a little more simple, but very visually appealing.

    I also agree with your point of personal projects. Personal projects are what led me to gaining more work and clients. One of my first personal projects was a Flash site I did for my fraternity. That single project led me to a great portfolio piece, and a decent amount of work from other that liked the design and interactivity. For designers and developers that are looking for a way to jumpstart their portfolio, personal projects are probably the best way to do that.

  • http://www.bobricca.com Bob Ricca

    This article is helpful. I’ve been working on my portfolio a lot lately… just trying to bring a little more personality to it.

    When I first started doing web design getting my initial portfolio comp was rough. I tend to design things, revisit them a week or two later and think “man I don’t like this anymore”.

    But keeping that in mind, I forced myself to be my own client and “agree” on my comp as a final phase 1 iteration.

    A portfolio is ever evolving and therefore when I finished implementing the initial design… I’ll sit on it for a couple weeks. As you continue to build things up – it gets easier. So at this point I’m starting to focus more on specifics (e.g. how should my comments look, I started designing out my footer, etc…)

    Another thing… I set up a lighthouse account for myself and started making tasks for my website. This way I can break things up into smaller chunks and slowly chip away at it. Although it might be a little more work up front – it leads to more consistent progress.

  • http://www.seniorwebdesigner.com Mohammed Alaa

    Very nice Article, Thanks for sharing it :)

  • http://www.sandersdesign.com Martin Sanders

    An interesting post; I’ve just launched my new portfolio site which was a 12 month project between client work.

    Whether your busy or looking for paid work, its always worth setting time aside for personal projects. Building a portfolio is an investment which needs a long term approach.

  • http://cahcepu.com om ipit

    this is a great tips…
    really needed for me…
    thanks for share

  • http://www.visual-blade.com Daquan Wright

    Very nice article on the different branches of creating the perfect portfolio. I myself want to do a mixture, which would be mainly web development and user interface design but I actually enjoy both art and programming so I feel I can make it work.

    I’ll keep these tips in mind.

  • http://www.kaplang.com Kaplang

    thanks for the tips :) very useful and thinking about it now…I am sure I have some not so good work in my portfolio that needs kicking out.

  • http://www.charlotteswebstudios.com CD Designer

    Nice post. Love the list!

  • http://www.rossmagichoward.com Ross

    This has got me itching to re-design mine even though its only recently been re-launched. I initially re-designed my site to be journal / portfolio as I work as an outreach mentor as well as a freelancer and I wanted to get both aspects across.

    So far its landed me a bunch of high(er) profile interviews around London so its pay dividends but I can’t help wishing I’d read this a month ago :(

    Lovely post!

  • http://www.chavsdesign.com Lambert

    Wow, awesome POST Kayla, I love the PERFECT vs RIGHT NOW… DYNAMITE… I’m a student designer, and I’m always looking for FREE crucial information, and obviouly you’re the Queen of Queen… You know what you talking about, and you give great inspiration. I’m very far of being an expert web designer… But you give me HOPE…

    Thank you so MUCH…

  • http://www.dailyplush.com/ Christian at dailyplush.com

    Wow there is so much in this article. Thank you for compressing that much stuff into one post. Now we have all in one place when we need it.

  • http://www.tjdzine.com/blog Tanay | TJDzine

    That is one awesome post! It couldn’t have come at a better time, since I am still in the process of applying the finishing touches to my portfolio.
    On another note, I really liked the creativebytes website.

  • http://www.graceafterfire.org/women-veterans/ Woman Veteran

    Wow..this is a very nice blog. Thanks for sharing it with us! Will definitely refer back to this again..

  • http://www.vr-online.ru Antonov Igor

    Very nice post! Thanks!

  • http://www.meganba.com NBA

    This is really nice, right when I needed to redesign my website.

  • ade, B

    nice collection, Thnx.

  • http://www.ciprianmagda.com ciprian

    I am now building my web portfolio! This article gave some great inputs! Thanks!

  • number8

    Wow. Some excellent info here. much better than some of the magz and their ‘how to build a better portfolio’ articles.

    many thanks kayla

  • http://www.webmasterdubai.com webmasterdubai

    Really good post, i enjoyed it and try to make my own unique portfolio

  • http://nuprata.com/ Nuprata

    Thx for the article, it rekindle my spirit to re-design portfolio again :)

  • http://www.theworkingweb.com web design best practices

    Thank you guys.. glad you enjoyed it.. the resources are always wonderful for people to get info and learn more about how to improve their design and also a chance for designers to showcase their work by sending them in to the list above.

  • http://www.liderpaylasim.net LiderForum

    Thanks for that.I needed.

  • http://sekillimsnnicklerim.blogspot.com şekilli msn nickleri

    Thx for the article, it rekindle my spirit to re-design portfolio again

  • ade, B

    This Post, Give a Good Inspiration, Not To Me but For All To. Thx A lot…:)

  • http://www.misty-blue.net Sarah

    Very refreshing article. I’ve read so many posts about creating a good portfolio, but half of the tips end up not applying, as they’re for print designers, ad designers, etc. You make a good point that a good portfolio format will not be the same for all design professions.

  • http://www.cypherbox.net cypherbox

    Nice article. Very informative. thanks!

  • http://romarto.com Romarto

    Komodo, Ayush Saran, Kavoon , Jason Reed : their portfolios in every design-related magazines.
    Great work guys !

  • http://www.sayvee.com Nico Boesten

    thanks for the insight. The “actions speak louder than words” theme works wonders for portfolios.

  • http://www.ormanclark.com mynameisorman

    Nice post, it has got me thinking about my portfolio (thanks for listing it in your examples by the way!)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/sets/ kombizz

    thank you for sharing

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Maidstone Kent

    some good tips, thank you

  • http://www.frmclub.net FrmClub

    Nice article. Very informative. thanks!

  • http://www.wvfour.com Andy

    Some great examples of how to work a portfolio page.

  • http://designintheraw.com Roy Ho

    Very nice article..Now I have to go back to my portfolio and cut out all the sites that I made 3-4 years ago…LOL….outdated…..

  • http://www.thepeachdesign.com Peach

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.chotrul.com/skills/seo-marketing.html Chotrul Web Design

    Good to see Study Analytics there on the list of considerations for creating your perfect design portfolio. The only thing I’d add to this great article is to incorporate SEO in your thinking right from the start. After all, you want people to know about your work, right?

  • http://www.von-m.de VonM.

    Amazing stuff!
    For me, it’s perfect to design the perfect portfolio!

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    wow!!that is superiour

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    really perfect

  • http://portfoliodoguilherme.com Guilherme

    Thanks for the post, it helped with new ideas!

  • http://www.pluspurple.com web design Hertfordshire

    A good range of ideas indeed. It’s great to see how other designers solved their website layout and design.

  • http://pollyfolio.com/ Polly

    There are many articles out there about how to build your portfolio, how to make it great, etc. But this one really is different. All I’ve seen until now are 5 – 10 advices, all the same, all too general. This one is a fresh and useful article, and I enjoyed reading it. Thanks!

  • http://www.alterview.nl Gert Wierbos – Alterview

    Nice article, gives a lot of inspiration for my new website, that I’m currenty redesigning. It’s really good that you’ve pointed out, only to include work you like. And that the work represents your current skill level.
    I hope to have my new website online somewhere this month, dual language (Dutch and English), so you’re welcome to see if I used the tips in this post! :)

  • http://www.monolithmultimedia.com Monolith Multimedia

    Awesome inspiring article. makes me want to redesign my portfolio

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    Some if ideas really nice

  • http://www.lasvegaswebdesign.com Las Vegas Web Design

    That is a very well written article.

    We have been working in this field for more then 7 years and based on our experience, we totally agree with the fact that refreshing and updating your portfolio once or twice a year really helps you keep your customers and yourself updated about the work you have done and also helps in eliminating the bad work or not too good work from your portfolio.

    Other important factor is that even your customers keep looking your portfolio regularly…as so if they see something new, that might draw their attention more closely !

  • http://www.besttipstechnology.com technology

    excellent post. very helpful points in case someone’s creating a portfolio or creating a website. thanks for the wonderful tips.

  • http://www.e-filozof.net web

    This makes sense. this is the time to spend budget on social media programs, not take them away. Utilize the resources and get creatives with content to try to build viral buzz.

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    Awesome inspiring article. makes me want to redesign my portfolio

  • http://www.die-sturm.com Sabrina Sturm -die sturm-

    I am going to heed these advices.
    Thanks a lot for inspiring.

  • http://www.noeltock.com Noel

    The only addition I’d make to this great article, is that I had used Google Analytics for a while but only really detected certain usability flaws when I turned on screen recordings and mouse movement heat maps. Just another bit to get that edge and get a step closer to “perfect” ;)

    Cheers

    Noel

  • http://www.goblinridge.co.uk Yorkshire Web Design

    Great article, some useful info. Puts our own portfolio to shame! Thanks for sharing, Ted.

  • Jansen Tolle

    One of the links (9 Essential Elements of High-Quality Web Content) in your article has been hijacked and is distributing spyware – you should take it down quick.

    Nice article otherwise though!

  • http://www.igorsbrezinskis.com Igors

    I will defenatly use this tips! Thanks for post!

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    Thanks a lot for inspiring.

  • http://www.birniaz.com birniaz

    Have a beautiful site
    I learned many things from your site

  • http://allisonmaze.wordpress.com/ Allison

    Great article, thanks for the tips and great examples of portfolio work!