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This week we bring you a look at the various techniques used by designers in building a respectable and creative portfolio. In Part 1 (of 2) we take a look at the use of Big, Informative Headlines and Illustrations.
Check back soon for Part 2!
Many designers choose to display a large textual heading on their portfolio’s homepage. This headline often introduces the individual (if it’s a freelancer) or company, as well as summing up what they provide. Additionally many designers display a quirky or creative message in order to set themselves apart from the competition.
Typically a headline will contain:
- The designer or company’s name
- Where they are from (optional)
- Services provided (e.g.: ‘I design websites’)
- A creative or unusual message (optional)
- A welcome message
Below are 20 examples of creatively placed headline messages in portfolio designs:
Designers often use bold and colorful illustrations in order to liven up their portfolios. Illustrations can range from deliberately child-like sketches, to incredibly detailed works of art, that take many pain-staking hours of labour to produce.
Here are some examples of great illustrations in portfolio designs:
More great techniques used by portfolio designers will be looked at in part 2 of this post.
I would love to know what you think makes a great portfolio design, feel free to share your own.
Leave a comment to this post with your ideas on color, form, content, or anything else that you feel helps make a portfolio visually stunning.
Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.
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