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Building a Great Portfolio as a Product Designer

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A portfolio is an essential tool for any product designer. It's essentially a living document that showcases your design process, attitude, and ideas. It also serves as evidence of your skills and abilities in the field of product design.

Without a portfolio, it can be difficult to find work or secure new contracts. So how do you build an impressive portfolio that will help you land the job of your dreams? Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Planning Your Portfolio

The first step to building an effective portfolio is planning what to include in it. Think about the kinds of projects you've worked on and decide which ones would be best suited to showcase your talents and skills. Make sure you have examples from all stages of the product design process, including concept sketches, prototypes, research documents, and so on.

Try to include both individual projects as well as group collaborations if possible. Also make sure to include any awards or recognition you have received for your work - this will help demonstrate the impact that your designs have had in the past.  

2. Be Selective

When deciding which pieces to include in your portfolio, it's important to be selective about what you put in there. Quality should always trump quantity; focus on showcasing only those projects that are truly representative of your best work.

Don't worry about showing off every single thing you've ever done - if it doesn't add anything significant to your portfolio then leave it out! This ensures that all potential employers or clients see only your very best work when they look at your portfolio.  

3. Presentation Matters

Once you have selected the pieces for inclusion in your portfolio, it's time to think about how they'll be presented. The goal should be to create a visual story that shows off not just what you did but why and how you did it - this allows viewers to get an understanding of not just the end result but also the thought process behind each project. A great way to do this is through videos or animation sequences that show off different sections of each project - this will give viewers a greater appreciation for what went into making these products come alive!

Additionally, make sure that all images are high-quality and properly labeled so they can easily be understood by any viewer who looks at them without having any prior knowledge of product design or engineering principles.  

Whether you're looking for a job or trying to secure new contracts for yourself as a freelance product designer, having an impressive portfolio is essential if you want people to take notice of your work and skillset. By following these simple tips - planning ahead, being selective about what goes into the portfolio, and ensuring presentation quality - you can create a stunning showcase for yourself that will help open doors and bring in more opportunities going forward! With a bit of planning and effort, anyone can create an impressive piece of artwork showcasing their talents as a product designer!

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