One of my jobs as creative director at Visually is browsing the portfolios of prospective creative talent (those who apply to be part of the Visually Marketplace) to make sure they are up to our company’s standards. This involves looking at thousands of portfolios. While I certainly appreciate sites like Behance and Dribble, which have standardized the portfolio experience, I feel there are certain designer-led trends that are making the experience rather intolerable.
Before I get into my peeves, let me tell you what I am looking for: in short, your design work, un-adulterated. I would like to see your work in totality first. This means the whole thing, ideally at full resolution, but if not then a zoomed-out view. In addition to that, and if needed, a close up of your work if a full res is not available. Details matter.
Here is what I don’t need.... keep reading