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Designer Portfolio: Examples

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One of the most important questions for a novice designer is how to fill your portfolio? Where to get the first customers? How to get the first projects?

A career in design can be started in different ways. Starting with an intern in a design studio, ending with the creation of his own studio. One of the easiest ways to start a career is to find orders as a freelancer. For all its flaws, freelance seems to be a very attractive option to many. But in order to receive orders, it is necessary to show your work to a potential client. Few people agree to give an order to a designer who has absolutely nothing in his portfolio. It turns out a vicious circle: no orders → no portfolio, no portfolio → no orders.

First you need to realize that the first projects in the portfolio (cases) are a very, very important step. The quality of the first work depends on which clients will come to you, and, in fact, the entire future path of the designer. Therefore, in the first cases it is important to maximize yourself, your knowledge, and modest (so far) skills. Yes, you may not be able to surprise customers with sophisticated technology and super-creative techniques, but you can demonstrate your approach and thinking. If you have good projects in the initial portfolio, this will give you serious acceleration, because such works tend to spread across design blogs and raise the rating on freelance exchanges.

It is important to remember that neither at the beginning of a career, nor later, you can work on projects that do not correspond to your beliefs. This is very harmful. Maxim Ilyakhov writes in more detail about this in his advice.

And, of course, you cannot fill your portfolio with mediocre work. What will be your first work, so will subsequent customers.

So, let's move on to filling out the portfolio.

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