Crafting a portfolio

Hello everyone,

I just finished my sophomore year of class and my main project this summer is to get a professional portfolio together for internships my junior year. My main question is what do you guys think is the difference, if any, between a collection of your best work and a portfolio, and how do you get from one to the other? Here is my Coroflot link Johnathan Turner, Designer and CAD Specialist in Gilbert, AZ Any tips and constructive criticism you can give me would be a big help.

Your work looks good, but I want to know how you got there! All I see is final concepts, with no real ideation. I know that at sophmore level you may not be thinking of all the constraints (cost, branding, ect), but I know these were not the only sketches you have done. Most employers want to know how you think, not just that you have a certain skillset.

I think that this is a great start, but I would like to see the rest of the ‘story’ of the inhaler. Other than looking like the guts of a vac, why is this any different? Does it have a feature that helps change the cartridge? Maybe it has some sort of vortex-like tunnel that the medicine travels down that makes it 85% more efficient? These are the types of things that I want to know that you had thought about.

Thanks for the tip. Do you think that an additional page of sketches showing ideation of the inhaler’s features is enough, or do you think there needs to be more? The assignment was more of an analysis of an existing company’s visual identity, but I think I can still flesh the features out a little more. Another thing I’ve noticed is that no two projects have the same overall graphical look, is that something that needs to be changed when it comes to portfolios?

More. Don’t just dump a page of sketches on there. Your process should tell the story of how you got to the end result. You might even want to include some research! Your final work looks good but I can’t tell what your thought process is. That’s something that’s really important to an employer.

Alright, so I will make the overall goal to convey to the viewer a story of how I got from a blank slate to a finished product. In a typical portfolio do you think that I should do this for all the projects shown or just for the 3 or 4 most important ones? As I’ve heard people say both answers.


One more question. If I’m adding more pages to projects should I do them in the style of the existing pages or do you think I need to come up with a unified graphic style to use for all of the pages in my portfolio?