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If you’re a student at design school or embarking on a design course sometime soon, you may be wondering how you can stand out from the crowd. Competition is high in the world of design, making it all that more important that you showcase your work in the best light possible. In today’s article, we have a look at some simple ways in which you can bring professionalism to your design course. Read on to find out more!

Pay Attention To Your Print Quality

 

Nothing screams “I’m not a professional” than poor quality prints in your portfolio. Think about it – if you went to a high-end design firm and they provided you with low quality, blurry or colour warped prints, would you take them seriously? Chances are you’d be out the door and looking for a more professional service instead. This is why it is so important that you ensure that your portfolio or any printed material you produce is of the highest quality. One of the best ways to ensure this is to invest in a quality Brother multifunction printer or utilise the services of a professional printing company. Ensuring that your work is presented in its best light starts with print quality. 

Select Your Strongest Pieces

 

Your design portfolio should be an accurate representation of your best works. Think of it as a highlight reel. Including the pieces and designs you’re most proud of is key to producing a high quality and professional-looking presentation to teachers or future employers. This means weeding out the best of the best and perhaps keeping pieces you may not be entirely satisfied with out of your portfolio. Your strongest and most beautiful work will be your golden ticket to high grades and potential employment by large agencies. 

Focus On Variety

 

Variety is the spice of life. A true professional is someone who is versatile and able to handle anything that is given to them. If you want to look like you’re on top of your game, it is important that you focus on variety. A portfolio full of repetitive designs may be a safe option, but also one that can come across as boring and one dimensional. If you want to advertise yourself as a design professional, including a variety of different styles, themes, designs and illustrations is key as it will allow you to present yourself as someone who can do it all, instead of someone who is just an amateur. 

Think About Going Virtual

 

Whilst physical portfolios are always appreciated, showcasing your work on a digital platform is always recommended. Any designer with a website will immediately be viewed as more professional than one who doesn’t have any online presence. We highly recommend uploading your work onto a personal/professional website such as Wix and including information about yourself, your experience and your specialities on said website. Not only will you be able to reach more people with an online platform, but you will also send out the message of being serious about your passions. 

Stay Current

 

A true professional always endeavours to stay current and in line with the trends of today. There is no better way to showcase your professionalism than to ensure your work represents what is expected of designers in 2020. Trends, styles and technologies change quickly, which is why keeping on your toes and ensuring that you are up to date with changes is so essential. You want to ensure that your work and portfolios don’t seem dated, so we highly recommend always striving to develop your skills and knowledge as much as possible. 

And there you have it – 5 relatively easy ways in which any student or apprentice can bring professionalism into their work.

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