The trouble I'm having at the moment is showcasing an interesting project I worked on which I would like to talk about and don't quite know how to tell a decent story.
I joined a small 5 person consultancy as a freelance designer mid-way through quite a large project. I was there for five months and it was a great experience, the studio definitely punched above its weight with the kind of clients we worked with and the output that is delivered. I think being on the ground there for such a short period was more hands on and beneficial than if I'd have spent a year or two in a much larger firm. Until I left for what seemed like better prospects and a more secure paycheck.
This particular project had quite a few phases and the client basically paid us to innovate and conceptualize various versions of what they make, MFP printers. When I started working on this particular phase all of the research and ideation had already been completed by the team and my task was to take the rough design language of two printers and finesse them whilst creating CAD with the correct proportions which I'd then render. My CAD data was also used by a model maker to construct full scale foam mock ups that were presented to the client.
So in terms of visuals for this project I have the renderings and pictures of the models but there isn't much of a beginning to the design journey because the reality is it wasn't my work. However, it was no easy task to turn the ideas from the team in to some form of reality but I just don't know how to visually showcase this.
I know what I would like to say in an interview but it is how I translate this on a page. The trouble I have had with previous portfolios is that each project tells the same story so for this one I want it to be more about my adaptability and how I can easily fit in to a team during crunch time. There has been plenty of threads I've read here about people looking for a job and the response being "I'm looking for the skills but also looking for can I work with this guy at midnight the evening before deadline day" and I think this project helps show the latter part of why I'd be an asset.
The reason I bring this up is because I don't want an interviewer to dismiss the project when they find out it wasn't my initial design language. There are two projects in my portfolio from an internship that the end in context renderings were not done by me and done by a team of photo retouchers and photographers at the company. I do showcase my rendering skills in other projects but I have felt like once it becomes apparent this element was done by colleagues it taints the process rather than showcasing I have the ability to work cohesively on something creative with others.
I was reading the Shoapbox thread and this point from sketchstone is ringing quite true at the moment:
sketchstone wrote:Communicated an excellent story that was easy to follow along, showed your thought process, your failures, and how you ulitmately got to your final design. There are tons of designers on this forum that have more traditional portfolios that are incapable of telling their own design story as well as you just did with the Little Interns.
Here is 2015s version for those that are interested: https://www.behance.net/gallery/23253185/2015-Portfolio