How to set up & launch your professional portfolio
5 Project Ideas for Your Portfolio
Portfolio PRO is a workshop all about learning the strategies to get more clients & projects you love with an effective portfolio.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about everything from what platform to setup your portfolio on to finding your niche as a designer.
In this workshop, I share the step by step strategies to get your portfolio setup and launched - so you can get jobs you’re passionate about and work with clients who truly value what you do.
7 Tips for a Better Portfolio
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about how to get together a professional portfolio to get you hired.By now, you have some great platforms to choose from to get your website started. You know the importance of determining your niche and how to create effective case studies.
How to display your portfolio projects + get yourself hired!
When it comes to putting together your portfolio, there’s a lot of things to think about. What platform should you use? How many projects should you share? How do you get people to actually check out your website? Here are 7 do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when getting your portfolio setup.
Essential Tools & Resources for Designers
Back in the day, when I first started getting my portfolio together [grandma emoji] - I did what a lot of student designers do, and slapped up a .jpg of the final image. I had a simple grid style portfolio and you could click around and look at the different projects. It was as basic as you could get, and I don’t think it did anything for me.
How to find your niche as a designer
Over the years, I’ve found myself bookmarking A LOT of resourceful websites for designers. Some are great for finding design goods while others help take your skills to the next level. And some, I use every single day!
Today, I’m sharing my all time favorites- from where I find inspiration to what I use for bookkeeping. Let’s get started!
The Best Platforms for Your Design Portfolio (+ a portfolio planner)
If there’s one piece of advice you get over and over again when you’re getting started as a designer (or any creative career really)- it’s that you have to define your niche.
Welcome to a new beckykinkead.co!
Portfolios are a designer’s best asset. A professional portfolio can help you find a job, attract clients for your freelance business and help you stand out as a leader in your niche.
The 7 steps you need in your graphic design process
Hey you! I’m excited to introduce the new beckykinkead.co!
A few years ago, when I first launched this website - it started as a simple one page portfolio displaying a mishmash of projects. Over time, I refined my skills and focus and was able to pursue a fulltime freelance career within 6 months of launching.
How Do You Become an "Expert"?
A solid process is integral to taking your designs to the next level. It can help with staying organized by laying a solid foundation when you get started. You’ll improve your client communication by learning more about the client’s brand, mission and audience. Plus you’ll impress your client with a project that is guided by this information.
Create a Style Guide for Your Brand
As designers, we typically like to get better at our craft, maybe find a specific focus or niche and of course- learn new skills.
Recently I was listening to the Freakanomics podcast and they had a little series, on self improvement, which I thought you would find helpful or interesting which is why I’m sharing it with you.
10 Logo Design Tips
Today, we’re going to be talking about STYLE GUIDES! A style guide is exactly what it sounds like, a document that outlines the “rules” or guidelines the brand style should follow.
Before we get too deep into talking about style guides, I want to mention that I think there can be fluidity within your blog/brand/website style if it makes sense for your audience or goals and values.
How to create your own mood board
It all starts of with doing your research. This will always be one of the first things you’ll want to do and every designer has a different process but in some way or another, go through a creative brief with a client so that your design matches their values/goals/brand.
While you're doing your research, don’t forget to check out what your competition is doing. That way, you can see what the target market is used to and it can help give you ideas of what to avoid or what you can do to stand out.
I always say that the logo and brand identity course can work for more than just learning how to design logos. That's because it's a tried and true process I've used on everything from banner ads to t-shirt designs.
I wanted to show you what I mean, so I decided to create a mood board for a wedding invitation project I'm currently working on.