Tips for creating graphic design paper portfolio

Tips for creating graphic design paper portfolio. In digital age, paper portfolios are a little rarity. You have already uploaded your portfolios on your website and social media pages, but you will still need a paper portfolio. Businesses based in Myanmar rarely check online before hiring a designer. They prefer paper portfolio than online portfolio. So, here are the tips for creating your paper portfolio stands out and attractive.

Be Creative

No doubt that a portfolio of a graphic designer must be creative. You can present your works not only in creative way but also in attractive way. The following is an example of a creative paper portfolio created by a US-based designer Nathan Hinz. Each page is a window envelop, which displays an image and info of a project.

Give a reason for keeping the portfolio

Most of the potential customers keep your portfolio for just one time. They check your works, order some projects and… throw it away. They may keep your portfolio in their cabinet but will not check again until they need another design work. So give them a reason to keep your portfolio i.e secondary purpose. In the following example, the designer created the portfolio as a stand frame. He’s printed each work in his portfolio as a page on a calendar. That give the customers a reason to keep the portfolio on their table and they will remember the designer every time they need to change another month on the calendar.

Show off more than one talent at once

If you have more than one talent, try to show off everything you can be done on your portfolio. For example, you can draw cartoons or you can make animations or you can create books, show off all of them in your portfolio.

Give the audience something to interact with

How about adding a QR code on your portfolio which is pointing your blog or latest works? That’s a cool idea that giving an audience something to interact with their smartphones or with their hands. That makes your portfolio not so boring and makes the audience having fun while they are reading it.

Tell your story

Your customers don’t know about your works just like you. Telling your story about your works make them more understand what they want from you and get more ideas for their needs.

How about you?

What is your portfolio tips? Share them in the comments!

Zaw Min Tin

A Creative Designer by nature and an IronMan maniac. Founded Pixellion Creative with a team of quality designs to create awesome UI/UX designs.

Yangon, Myanmar

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