Having a killer portfolio is one of the best and fastest ways to get your work noticed by employers on the internet. In the case of an online portfolio, it’s simply a matter of linking to a website showcasing your work, or sending PDF samples in an email. Not only is it easy, but it’s also a very cost-effective method of getting your work out there. However, it’s not the only way to do it. Increasingly, designers have started to revert back to old school, analogue methods of showcasing their work. Why? Well creating a print graphic by hand is a timeless method that not only shows creativity, but discipline and understanding of a craft. By presenting portfolios and resumes in the form of cleverly crafted physical pieces of work, they’re demonstrating the ability to think outside of the box. Below we’ll look at some clever offline ways to showcase your work.
Flyers or Leaflets
Designing a series of flyers or leaflets is an ideal way of showing off your illustration and typography skills. It allows for almost endless variety and gives you a way of showcasing your creativity not only through the design itself but also through the medium. For example, you can determine not only the writing and images that appear on the flyer, but also the shape and material of the flyer itself. These can be used to tell a story to prospective employers about the kind of work you’re capable of. Flyers are also cheap enough to be mass produced and distributed by hand, and can even be created online with companies like Saxoprint. Ultimately, it depends on your vision and how you want to present yourself, but flyers and leaflets are ideal because of the versatility they offer.
Designing packaging can be tough as it’s something that we’re exposed to on a daily basis, so creating something that stands out from the crowd is a challenge. However, it gives you the chance to play with different shapes, and adapt a design to different surfaces and contours. After all, not all products come in perfectly square boxes. Another thing to take into consideration is that it’s not merely about the outer surface. Think about how a laptop or a phone is packaged, and the layers within and their designs. It’s a curious puzzle that fits together seamlessly and it all started in the mind of a designer. So presenting a package design demonstrates a level of intricacy that online designs can’t match.
There’s no school like the old school, right? Presenting your work creatively is half the battle to effective showcasing your design skills. A dossier is the perfect tool in this regard and gives you work a vintage feel, similar to an old spy dossier containing orders. Except instead of orders, you have a clever layout of your design work, and hopefully a job offer to boot. If you’re still stuck for inspiration, check out howdesign’s page for some of the most eye-catching graphic design resumes.