31 tips for a better portfolio

Whether you're new to the design industry or a seasoned digital creative, your design portfolio is your key to regular and enjoyable work. We spoke to a host of creatives about what they think makes a great portfolio - be it physical or online - and, as you'll see, their opinions are sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting. This is, of course, the way it should be: portfolios should be as diverse as the designers whose work they contain. Read on for 31 suggestions on how to ensure your folio turns the right heads!

01: Consider your brand
Des Traynor
User experience lead, Contrast
The main thing is the ability to differentiate. You're trying to establish your brand. And if you have a weird and out-there portfolio you will get talked about a lot more than someone else who just has a series of screenshots. You could argue that this doesn't lead to beacons of usability, but it's what is interesting and engaging that gets you a lot of attention. People will hear your name, and that's all you're really hoping for with your portfolio.

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