What I want to share today, I believe many designers feel the same way. Whenever we look for another job, we find that there are no works in the portfolio, and online products can’t be produced. Then we just complain and complain that we haven’t met a good platform or a good boss who pays attention to design. , without a good product manager, without a good development that can realize their own designs, etc., too much bitterness can’t be finished.
In fact, we can't blame others if we don't have good works, we just deserve it.
Hey...wait...don't get excited...Everyone put away the kitchen knives, please look down, I believe the following content can make you change your cognition, and return to the shore as soon as possible:
1. What, the portfolio preparation cycle takes 6 months?
Let's recall, when people around you ask you if you have prepared a portfolio, have we all responded with a similar answer: "I haven't planned Latest Mailing Database to change jobs yet, so I'll prepare when I do!"; or It's "I'm not very satisfied with the works I'm working on right now, and I'll start preparing when I'm satisfied with the changes."
In fact, these are all excuses. The problem is: we have no concept of the time required for a good portfolio, and we will delay it again and again.
We need to be clear: preparing a portfolio is just like final exams. Without the first six months of study, only a week or two of surprises will not get good grades.
So I think: a good portfolio preparation cycle takes at least half a year (emphasis added, when I say preparing a portfolio, I mean, from 0 to 1, not a portfolio revision).
If you have doubts, please read down. Next, I will explain why we need to prepare for 6 months through three points:
1. Design basis
The portfolio should not only collect our daily design draft selections, but also give a design description for each place that we think is good-because the interviewer will also ask many professional questions through the content of the work, so organize the work. The process of collection is also the process of recognizing the project.
Usually, we will add some texts such as design basis and product overview near the interface (even if I don’t put it in the portfolio, I still need to spend time thinking about it, so I have to be aware of it), which fully reflects my understanding and application of the profession. For a portfolio, our research process in creating the work is as important as the completion of the work itself.
Time Consumption: Master the basic design theory, understand the product ideas, and be able to speak the design basis completely and fluently; in order to reflect the logic of the expression, it is necessary to practice the writing ability of words.
2. Repeated changes
When we organize the portfolio, due to the different time periods for the creation of each set of works, even if it is our own design works, the design quality will be different due to the time difference, so we need to maintain it from time to time to ensure that it will not be placed in the portfolio. Lower your overall score.
The scope of maintenance is very wide, it can be the current project, the previous project, or even the dead project (I don’t know if you have any, anyway, I am not online, all of them are dead, Smile) - If you think this is a project you like, or a project that reflects your ideas, you can optimize the iteration yourself and turn it into your own work.
Time consumption: Review previous project requirements, reasonably change the content of the interface module, and regularly update and maintain the existing interface.