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Creating The Perfect Portfolio : Comments

By Collis Ta'eed

January 29, 2008


Marc Grabanski

January 30, 2008 8:40 AM

Thanks for wrapping up the two most common reasons for a personal website: getting hired or getting clients.

If you don’t have either of those needs, you should still have a personal website to try out ideas, learn how to communicate and expose your work to the public. Doing this will give you a platform to improve, and will certainly land you clients and a new job if you are ever are in need.

In my case, my website drives tons of recruiters and freelance opportunities, then I can pass them off to the people who need them. I didn’t make my website for either of those two reasons – instead, it is simply a bi-product of exposing my ideas and work to the public.

Use your website to constantly improve your game.

David T.

January 30, 2008 9:03 AM

Hey Collis great to see you over Digital Web ;) Thanks for the tips as I am currently looking for another job and need to update my own portfolio. This is much appreciated!


January 30, 2008 10:36 AM

Thanks for the great write-up! You really hit the points of what makes a great portfolio spot on. This is going to be a page that a reference many times as I re-work my portfolio in the coming weeks (…ok maybe months!).

Mark Wieman

January 30, 2008 3:06 PM

Thank you for featuring my web site as an example of a well-designed portfolio. I am flattered.

Josh Maurer

January 31, 2008 5:22 AM

I like the portfolio, with the thumbnails for each work as at


January 31, 2008 5:55 AM

Nice article!

I posted about this some days ago:

Anthony Ettinger

January 31, 2008 10:34 AM

Thanks for the good article…picked up a few ideas to add to my current portfolio project.


January 31, 2008 1:11 PM

Brilliant stuff! I absolutely loved the article. I’m actually planning to redesign my current portfolio and I’ll definitely consider applying to a few of your tips listed here. Thank you!

John Benedict

February 1, 2008 6:48 AM

Awesome article with some amazing portfolio examples! Very inspiring.

David Loop

February 2, 2008 11:37 AM

I’d also like to thank you for featuring my portfolio in your article as well. And thank you to everyone for the great comments.


February 3, 2008 4:27 AM

I love the article! I got lots of pointers and I’m glad I read it all, I have one problem though, what if your clients doesn’t want to be named? Is it okay to just add case studies? Won’t it make you look like you’re unprofessional?

Robin Winslow

February 4, 2008 1:04 PM

Fantastic article! I am looking to create myself an online portfolio (any day now…) and I’m sure I’ll find the tips in here invaluable.

Thanks :)

nicola dobiecka

February 5, 2008 8:58 AM

Great article and very timely for me, I’m finally getting round to sorting out my own portfolio!

The new ideas I have now greatly make up for the Dreamweaver-Vista fight which ate my almost complete stylesheet last week!

Nic ;o)


February 5, 2008 7:30 PM

CSSRemix, where I find all my own design inspiration.”

That’s pretty sad if it’s true…


February 5, 2008 8:01 PM

hey guys, thanks for the feedback! I’m so glad the article was well received!

@Mae: That is a bit of a tricky situation, I ran into that a few times myself, and generally we omitted those clients as it’s difficult to showcase work without referencing the clients themselves. I found mostly this happened with agencies who hired us and wanted to look like they’d done the work themselves. If the client voices this concern, generally I’d avoid adding their project in. One other thing is that it’s possible to ask as a prerequisite of working with a client that they let you show work in your portfolio (of course if you really need the job then you’re probably not in much of a bargaining position :-)

@Wack:But CSSRemix is the bomb! i love that site!

Marlyse Comte

February 6, 2008 2:01 PM

Great article. Perfect kick-starter for people who do not know where to begin but also for those who feel a bit worn out on the subject!


February 6, 2008 2:23 PM

This one hit the spot! I am at the beginning stage of designing my portfolio and this was a gold-mine.



February 6, 2008 3:16 PM


i am always developing my portfolio, i thought this article was great. i was wondering if other designers would take a peek at a youth designers/tech consultants portfolio and rip it up for me. please send as many comments as possible to! thanks!!


February 8, 2008 8:43 AM

@ Collis—-The article was great except for the part where you talk about telling clients “Who else have you worked with?” or for us to “Provide testimonials”. I mean that’s all well and good if you have experience, but how does this work if your a new freelancer and you’ve never worked with clients before and your armed with nothing but mockups to show people what you can do? And how do you go about describing yourself in the “about me” section of your portfolio? Do you tell them that your a “rookie” who’s never done anything but want them to hire you any?


February 26, 2008 10:14 AM

@Collis: but what if all of your works fall into that category? I know I shouldn’t have said yes in the first place hehe, but if you’re just starting, you can’t really choose your work.. right?


June 1, 2008 12:38 AM

That’s a mammoth article on a subject I never get tired of. It’s tough getting things just right and a portfolio evolves as new work is created. So it’s great to have tips to guide the evolution of it


June 6, 2008 2:46 PM

Great article!!!
Unfortunately someone else is sharing your merits.
This guy has translated your entire article.

Rajan Nair

June 26, 2008 10:26 AM

Dear Collis, this is a truly insightful and valuable article. As a National Creative Director in an advertising agency, recruiting hundreds of young talent, your advice is bang on! I also teach advertising, and as part of the job, advice youngsters on what their portfolios should aim for. You’ve summed it up perfectly! All I need to do is ask my young students to subsitute ‘website’ with ‘advertising’ and they get all the advice they ever need to not only get the job, but to make it big in their chosen career. My hearfelt salutations to you! Rajan Nair


July 13, 2008 1:05 AM

I read this topic with online-translator and understand very mutch! Thanks from Russia!


July 18, 2008 1:36 PM

Collis, what’s your advise for those who’s portfolio material suck because they always get the cheap ass clients who always want the least expensive solution for even cheaper. You end up giving them exactly what they pay for but in the process you end up with a poor portfolio that doesn’t at all reflect what you are capable of. I think this is a very common problem even though no one seems to talk about it. In your opinion, does it matter if your portfolio is composed of material that you have created for the purpose of portfolio?


July 24, 2008 8:28 AM

very nice jop. Thanks man.

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