Top 5 Things Designers Can Learn From Portfolio Reviews
For A Designer, a portfolio is sometimes even more important than the resume itself. It is an essential tool for the design community- photographers, designers, illustrators, and so on- in order to get new clients, a new job, or a new educational experience. The portfolio is the medium through which a designer can demonstrate specific talents, skills and expertise, and what makes him or her stand out from others. It is a visual presentation of a designers body of work, the aesthetics and creativity speak to you about the personality of the designer, and it showcases what the designer can bring to the table. Therefore having a portfolio which has a positive impact is of utmost importance.
This is precisely why it is so important for you as a designer to have portfolio reviews as often as possible. They provide opportunities for important learning lessons for any designer.
1. First and foremost it teaches you to take criticism in the right spirit and use it constructively to further your growth. In fact constructive criticism can spur you to improve yourself. Whenever your work does not get the praise you think it deserves, it is actually the perfect opportunity to find out specifically what is lacking, what more you can do, what new dimensions can be incorporated into your work, and what are the resources from where you can learn. Taking notes about the feedback and guidance is vital, so that you will remember all that you need to put in place.
2. A review is also the place where you find out about your strong points. It gives you a feedback of what you are doing right, what is working for you and how you can hone it further. Remember there is always scope for improvement even when you are on the right track.
3. Curb the tendency to argue, no matter whether you disagree with the reviewers viewpoint. Do not try to throw things like technique, theory etc. The review gives you an honest evaluation of your work so learn to accept it and make the best possible use of this opportunity. Learn to look at your work dispassionately, divested from all the emotions and attachments you have about the work that you have put up for evaluation. This will help you to see your work critically from the viewer’s standpoint.
4. Getting reviewed often helps you to be up to date on latest trends and gain fresh perspective.
5. Take corrective action about your weaknesses, that have been pointed out in your review, with eagerness and as quickly as possible. It is good to be in touch with your reviewer and show evidence that you have taken their review and guidance seriously and are sincerely working on their feedback. This will have also motivate the reviewer to guide you more.
Always remember that a review is a perfect opportunity to get feedback, which is the key to growth and betterment.