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In Your Design Portfolio, Quality Beats Quantity

When you decide that it's time to look for a new position as a designer at a company, or when you go to a networking event and meet a potential client, you probably instinctively think about revisiting your portfolio. You weigh the pros and cons. You assess whether it's worth the time to spice up your design portfolio with your latest work, or if it's in a good enough state to present.

Whatever the scenario, one thing to remember is to focus your design portfolio on your best work. It's better to have a select few projects that you really dove into, where you can discuss all the details of the production, rather than a lot of miscellaneous work that might not be as high of quality.

If you played a part in a spectacular or famous design project, then definitely shout it out in your portfolio. However, even if your current gig doesn't allow you to own a design project in its entirety, there is no rule saying that you can't showcase a personal project. The cool thing is that some of the best design projects evolve out of people's curiosity and desire to design something amazing. Side projects in your portfolio prove that you have the design skills to do the work.

The trick is to showcase projects that are related to the type of design that your future employer and or client might want, because that means you're showing relevant design work in your portfolio.

So the next time you revisit your portfolio, look at it with the lens of quality over quantity.
Sam Torrey

This week's .design site spotlight goes to...! showcases some amazing illustration and UI/UX designs. I can't explain why, but I absolutely love the look and feel of Kayla's isometric illustrations. The cat tree construction site project, (the image above), presents a fun and whimsical theme to convey the idea of building cat furniture. The site is filled with other neat projects. 

Have a .design site you'd like to nominate? Let us know and we might feature it in the next .design digest.
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