Portfolio Critique

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  • shapesalad1

    Use your name, not some random typed thing zwarfprod — what even is that? Hiring manager ain't got no time to decode that.

    Further more, what the heck is 'GSM' and 'BTWBE' before those numbers? Are you deliberately trying to make it hard to contact you?

    So - Start with your name with what you do. Eg,

    "Hi, I'm Sam Rombaut, a Visual Designer based in ___."

    Or "Sam Rombaut - Visual Designer, Berlin." or wherever you are.

    Or Sam Rombaut - Visual Designer, Remote, CET." if you are remote and in central european time zone.

    Next to that - a circle cropped photo of you in a shirt looking professional, smart and approachable. Or an 'About' page with your photo. It's the web, but imagine this is the meta verse equivalent of meeting someone at a networking evening, you want to show your face to create a sense of trust and honesty.

    Use the same profile picture on LinkedIn, behnace, instagram - so you provide a seamless brand identity of 'you' and hiring managers aren't questioning if they are looking at the right Sam Rombaut's behnace etc.

    Then a range of your work, in a grid, on the front page. So we can see what you do in a 1 second glance/scroll down the page.

    Think about your web Portfolio as less a chance to express yourself, more about making it a super easy UI/UX experience to see who you are what you do.

    Hiring managers have a minimal 200 applications to sieve through, you need to make it super super easy for them to figure out who you are and what you do, they don't have time to decode 'zwarfprod.

    Yes you can get away with an obscure brand name and portfolio if you are some super hot shit designer, highly sought after and in demand, commanding a 4 figure day rate. Otherwise, tell it simply and honestly.

    • but I'm special :) No, you're right, I agree. Thanks!srhadden
    • definitely needs some copy editing. get rid of the fluff.doesnotexist
    • +1oey_oey

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