7 Quick Tips to Improve Your Design Portfolio


Just like any other profession being a designer requires constant improvement to ensure you land good opportunities to showcase your talents. Unfortunately, no matter how talented you are, you may lack the insight to keep updating your portfolio.

If you are always showing up with designs you made ages ago, you need to refresh your collection with these few tips.

1) Choose quality over quantity

You might become attached to all your projects and feel that everyone else should appreciate them considering how much effort you put into them.


Unfortunately, some of your projects will not impress because they are outdated. Also, if there are some that you feel you could have done better, they should not go into your design portfolio. Therefore, remove them and let your best work do the talking for you.

2) Use bigger images

A digital portfolio that has images which one has to struggle to see clearly will land in the rejected pile. Therefore do not squeeze in your pictures to fit in one slide.

You would rather have big images in several slides that instantly capture the viewer’s attention as opposed to small thumbnails crammed into one slide.

3) Update your projects

What you did a few years ago may have been beautiful at that particular time, but as time passes, you cannot use the same projects over and over again. Instead, update your existing projects by adding some animation or other effects that will refresh your work.

4) Create a stand-out About page

The About page can make or break your portfolio; it will determine whether the person viewing your project decides to move on to the next page or dismiss it. It is not always about the project; it is also about you.


The person looking at your portfolio will want to know more about you, your personality, your culture and what you are offering. It is only by creating a memorable About page that you can accomplish this objective.

5) Use a simple introduction

Be as plain as possible in your Intro. Do not go into detail explaining everything you have ever learnt; instead, say what you do and who you are and leave it at that. A crammed introduction will bore the client, or even confuse them before they can get to view your designs which will throw your chances of landing that opportunity out the window.

6) Be unique

The internet is here making it easy with templates to create a design portfolio. If your portfolio looks like the rest, how will your client see your creativity and set you apart from the rest? Go out of your way to bring in lots of fresh ideas into your portfolio and come up with a unique and captivating project that will leave your client thirsting for more of your work.

7) Tell the story of your project

As much as a picture is worth a thousand words, do not let your reader fill in the gaps of what your project entails. You should use a few words to explain the entire project and help walk the reader through for better clarity.


Designing a portfolio does not have to be a complicated task whether you are giving it an update or starting from scratch. With these tips, you will come up with a great [portfolio and entice your reader from start to finish.