Portfolio Types3:02 with Devin O'Bryan
Portfolios can manifest in a number of ways. We’ll explore a few examples and what makes those examples so powerful.
We live in an extraordinary time. 0:00 Never has it been so easy to show off your work, or 0:02 to see the work of other talented designers and developers. 0:06 This is both advantageous, and a bit of a drawback as well. 0:10 While you can now see amazing works more readily, 0:15 it's also more challenging to be noticed if you don't know how to be seen. 0:19 To best be seen, you need to harness the power 0:24 of the most appropriate meeting or channel of communication. 0:28 You can speak through low fidelity media, like pen and paper, or 0:32 high fidelity media, like video, motion graphics, or interaction. 0:37 We'll touch later on the advantages of different sites like Dribble or 0:43 GitHub to best show off your work, but for 0:46 now, let's look at an example of a successful portfolio. 0:50 We're looking at the work of a colleague of mine, 0:54 a very talented design research at IBM by the name of Gabby Campagna. 0:57 The crucial stuff of a portfolio is in the showing of the work itself. 1:02 So we'll start with an example that explains the work well, and 1:06 gives us some insight into the process that produced the end result. 1:09 Gabby is using a platform like Squarespace to show off her work, 1:14 since she's not as familiar with the coding side of things. 1:18 You'll notice that we know her name, her role, and 1:22 can access previews of her work immediately upon landing at her site. 1:25 We'll define a checklist of these must-haves in a later course. 1:30 Let's choose her Erlenmeyer project to look at how you could show your work. 1:35 As soon as the screen loads, we're greeted with a description of the project. 1:40 Gabby not only touches on the nature of what her team created, 1:45 but she also explains the impact of the project by pointing out that it led to 1:49 presenting to Fortune Magazine, and a subsequent pitch to IBM's C suite. 1:53 She even cross references a story she wrote for 1:59 Medium for better social media traction. 2:01 Next, we see the images of her team in context of how they created the solution. 2:05 There are images of their working environment, as well as a progression of 2:11 images showing the constant improvement of fidelity in the actual project effort. 2:15 For her About and Resume pages, you'll see content that reflects her interests as 2:22 well as her accomplishments, respectively. 2:27 By the way, be sure, if you have a resume page, 2:30 to keep it update and in the form of live text rather than in an image form. 2:34 This helps with both search engine optimization, and accessibility. 2:38 Now that we've started dissecting what makes for 2:45 a good portfolio, we'll discuss in our next video how your process and 2:47 personality can inspire those who are interacting with your portfolio to become 2:52 more excited about actually meeting, and potentially working with you. 2:56
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