I’ve been coaching entry-level designers on their portfolios for more than 10 years! At this point, someone’s portfolio is almost always open in my browser waiting for a review.
- 👀 I’ve looked at lots of portfolios. In previous roles, I’ve always been in charge of reviewing portfolios before the initial phone screen. I have looked at over 1,000 portfolios for internships, entry-level, and senior designer positions. I know the bar and who you are competing with.
- 🤓 I look at a lot of entry-level portfolios. I wrote about my experience choosing a product design intern out of 400 applications here.
- 😇 I have a good portfolio. My portfolio is randomly featured on the internet. You can find it here and here and here. (Heads up that I have not updated my portfolio in 3 years 🤭.)
- 😈 I have a high bar and will be honest. Designers are annoying particular and will notice the little details. They might get bothered by a font choice or a typo on your page. The portfolio guide shares the most common mistakes I see.
Still not sure? Check out my portfolio advice and reviews on TikTok.
What's included in the guide?
A digital and downloadable PDF guide with 14 chapters of written content + some bonus material!
- The portfolio review process
- Elizabeth's portfolio principles
- Designing your portfolio
- Portfolio information architecture
- Ways to make an impression
- Choosing projects
- Case study principles
- Case study tips & tricks
- Case study red flags
- Project screenshots
- Help! I need project ideas
- Introducing yourself
- Writing the about page
- Finding your design archetype
✨ Bonus content
- Case study planning worksheet
- Portfolio checklist
- Case studies checklist
- Visual design polish checklist
- Portfolio frequently asked questions
Make your portfolio stand out in a sea of hundreds of applications.
Purchasing the guide helps me continue to be a design educator full time! Thank you for your support 💕