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rkuchinsky wrote:I think for XX years out, process should show no matter what. Even if you are now in a higher level role, you probably have done all those patterns, tech packs, mockup, at some point over the XX so have bits and pieces to show.

The biggest difference I think is that compared to a more junior portfolio you don't have to show the depth PER project, since you have the breadth ACROSS a large variety of projects. That is, you can show final samples for projects ABC, tech packsfor project DEF, sketches for projects GHI, etc. and people get that you can do it all.

Just looking at your website quickly, Jim, I have to concur however I'm not seeing lots of process... Only one page with a few doodles, and many of the projects link out to a final product page with no process showing at all. Not sure if you are presenting something a lot different in interviews but the online picture I'm getting is a bit incomplete.



...I've recently done a few updates on my website as well and have tried to communicate the same breadth and depth. Even more tricky, I'm not only doing product, but also graphics, packaging, illustration, etc. sometimes all within one project, sometimes as discrete projects...

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Thanks R, makes sense - The portfolio is far different than what is show on the website, In fact website is in serious need of maintenance - I dont think I've updated it since 2015/2016. Maybe its time...

Below is the 2016 portfolio in question:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-X0VD ... sp=sharing

This is what I presented during the "need to see more" period. Since this 2016 revision, a lot product has come to market (Some shown on the "teaser" page.
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23 years into an ID career here. I was never a pure product designer -I have some real estate ventures and I've always been into total gut and remodel craftsmanship with home and some of those properties, so even though I've been building a consultancy for the last 11 years (with all the ups and downs you'd expect) it has always just been a job, family and other stuff compete equally alongside it. We specialize in a few types of products and we look for certain kinds of clients. That work has always been available, so I haven't sold "Scott" in a long time - I've sold "Generator" and "Generator's experience & capabilities"...but when the time comes that someone asks about me, I write a little summary and send them this link; http://bit.ly/2keDmlt

It's a wide-out resume, a somewhat closer CV and then a much closer document of process. It sits on our website, which is now half new and half old, outdated and not designed as I'd like it to be anymore (Q2 2018 it'll all be new, I swear, yeah right) but like everyone else, when faced with billable project work vs. admin time, I choose billable. :P

These days, my team and I spend more time on the entire process - conducting, compiling and presenting field research, organizing Far East sourcing trips, providing QC and plant based manufacturing fixes while managing development projects - than we do with the creative aspects of design, so when the phases come to innovate, sketch, present, critique and start pushing ideas into CAD, it reminds me what it was like 23 years ago and it makes me love it even more today.
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Kershaw wrote:
Below is the 2016 portfolio in question:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-X0VD ... sp=sharing

This is what I presented during the "need to see more" period. Since this 2016 revision, a lot product has come to market (Some shown on the "teaser" page.

Hmm, I think you are showing a good amount of process. Some of it is condensed a bit in terms of their being a lot of concepts on a page, or the photo of the patterns being shrunken down a bit. I think you could get a bit more milage out of it by just isolating some of that stuff.... but personally I wouldn't need that. I see it. But everyone is different in what they require I guess.
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Generatewhatsnext wrote:...but when the time comes that someone asks about me, I write a little summary and send them this link; http://www.generatewhatsnext.com/scott- ... mples.html
Hey Scott, FYI when I clicked the sample link I got an error.
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yo wrote:Hey Scott, FYI when I clicked the sample link I got an error.
Thanks for that - for some reason it didn't like my link; here's a bitly version; http://bit.ly/2keDmlt
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Reviving this thread as it seems relevant!

I am an Industrial Designer with 7 years experience. I have worked at 2 companies during that time, and for the past 5 years I have mainly focused on one product category - ceiling fans. My ultimate goal is to switch product categories (ideally a design firm) to diversify my design portfolio, and join many of you in the San Diego / Orange County CA area. Competition is steep out there, so I'd love your advice and feedback on how I can improve!

When applying to new jobs, how do you show diversity in your portfolio so that companies outside of that particular product category will consider you for job positions? I have received many responses from companies that say "your fan portfolio is extensive/impressive, but do you have experience in xyz..." Well, no because I've only worked for 2 companies! With having only designed ceiling fans, how do I convey that I can design anything? // Should I be doing mini projects on the side? // Should I pull old stuff from school (seems like a strong NO, but gotta ask)? // I feel like I am showing my process, and I also feel like the design process is pretty universal, regardless of the product you are creating. Thoughts?

Also, I am getting to the point in my career where I have been executing aesthetic product design strategy and innovation tactics, and have recently started hiring and managing a team of associate designers. How do you show this story in a portfolio? What is it hiring managers want to see - results, tools, pictures of me in meetings pointing at a wall of post-it notes? I know what I've done, I'm just having a hard time packaging it into a concise story.

Thank you so much in advance! I greatly appreciate any feedback and/or direction to other forums here! Love reading through these threads.
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These are good questions, and ultimately there is no one or right way to do this exactly. The solution will end up being very personalized to you. Here is what worked for me:

1) Writing articles about building teams and design leadership. Blogs need content. Go ahead and write a few articles about what you have learned and email them to a couple of design blogs. I would bet they would publish them. Happy to help connect you once you have some content to the editors at c77. You can also link or republish these on your own website. I did both of those and it helps raise your profile as a design leader. Some of those articles I've integrated into my about page on my website.

2) Conceptual projects. Unfortunately a lot of people are very linear. They have to see that you can do something and might not be able to make the mental leap. So close that gap for them with some conceptual projects that show how you could exert your thinking. I try to keep these at a high level as the point is to show you could work in other areas without getting bogged down in details that someone experienced in that area can pick apart.

3) Connect with people. If you goal is to work in SoCal, think about planning a vacation out here and setting up as many coffees and lunches with people that you can.
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Thank you Michael. I really appreciate the response!
Love the idea of visiting and networking through coffees and lunches!! I also love your advice on keeping concept projects high level. I always feel like I need to dig into the research and that takes a tremendous amount of time to be truly educated. I was hopeful that other industrial designers would be able to see the process over the project, but I also understand my work it to make it as easy as possible for them to see me as a good fit. *head nods* I'll work on the blog/writing idea. I need to find a way to make it my own and consider what I want to achieve from it, but I'm grateful for the advice and the offer to connect with c77 editors.
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January 6th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Thank you Michael. I really appreciate the response!
Love the idea of visiting and networking through coffees and lunches!! I also love your advice on keeping concept projects high level. I always feel like I need to dig into the research and that takes a tremendous amount of time to be truly educated. I was hopeful that other industrial designers would be able to see the process over the project, but I also understand my work it to make it as easy as possible for them to see me as a good fit. *head nods* I'll work on the blog/writing idea. I need to find a way to make it my own and consider what I want to achieve from it, but I'm grateful for the advice and the offer to connect with c77 editors.
i'm in a similar situation, would have been a good idea to do advance meetings/scouting beforehand, but never been so good at the networking thing so i just packed may bags and now i'm here #sinkorswim i guess! there does seem to be a lot of design industry in cali but similarly trying to figure out ways to put my portfolio work in the best/proper context.

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