We see that some talented students have trouble presenting themselves and their work. Therefore we created this post to share our tips and preferences. We hope that this information will help you to get accepted into our studio. (or somewhere else..).
Your application to us:
The way you apply is a good indicator for us how successful you will be in our studio. Your e-mail will tell us the following: Can you communicate well? Do you spend time on the details? Are you driven?
Keep it short and include:
- Introduction of yourself and the reason you’re applying
- Your education (add link), its location, and the year you are in
- Add if possible, past internships, jobs and/or other interesting things
- When you can start and for how long you like to stay (we prefer 6 months)
- Spend time to create a nice signature with all your contact info
- Use (Ctrl +*) to check/remove the hard enters (otherwise a lot of white space)
- Use standard letter-type and size 10 or 11
- Add hyperlinks where possible
- Portfolio (we prefer a pdf, max 10MB) but a link to a website, Behance or Issuu page, etc. is also ok.
- No separate images, zip, rar or download links
- CV (I personally like if they are added to the portfolio)
- Not needed are motivation and reference letters
Approach your portfolio as a design project:
- Analyze how the product will be used (= computer screen) so make it 16:9 or wider (resolution 1920×1080)
- Do a competitor analysis at Issuu or Behance (search for product design)
- Define the best practices, find out what is needed to make something better than the competition
- Create nice logical/understandable stories and show your design process, capabilities, and your sense of quality and detail
- Keep the layout simple and clean (it is about telling the story and showing the content)
- Make sure you create a high-res but low, max 10MB pdf (it shows your skills with Adobe/InDesign)
Your portfolio could include:
- Title page
- Introduction of yourself, why us and more important why we should choose you
- A photo that gives an impression about you and how you work (so keep them professional)
- CV (infographics are nice) stick to relevant/interesting jobs and activities
- References/quotes from tutors (add linked-in/social media links to them)
- Projects and previous internships (company info and an indication of your role/work)
- Personal/miscellaneous stuff you created (but make sure it is quality work)
- Thank you + contact details page
Only show your best work, choose quality over quantity.
The projects should have a nice flow and can include:
- Start with the context and the problem your design aims to solve
- Competitor analysis, reference images, and infographics
- Ideas, sketches, foam models
- 3D Cad / internal parts / working methods
- Different concepts around internal component configuration
- Explanation graphics / visualizations / renderings
- Prototypes / Testing / User Interaction / App
- Final result (in context rendering) and explanation
Please note there are no cheats in creating a portfolio. As long as you are not using others’ work everything is allowed.
Improve, re-do, re-render make new visualizations & add steps afterward, work on it until it fits your ambition.
We see interns as a win-win and ideally, we will offer you a job when you finish your degree.
We want you to learn as much as possible. You will participate in the projects and get as much responsibility as you can handle.
For the ‘in-between time,’ you get a pet-project where we act as your client.
– A fun, creative, innovative, independent 3rd year + industrial design student.
– Extremely motivated and have a passion for design and engineering.
– Eager to experience the whole development process from the idea up to production.
– Good hand sketching skills and can create stunning visualizations.
– Experience with 3D Cad and programs like SolidWorks, Keyshot, Adobe, and others.
– A similar ‘minimalistic’ design style where the form is used to improve the functionality.
– Fluent English speaking skills
A great place to learn all facets of product development. You will be working with a team of experts where we push the interns to take responsibility. The intern fee is 500,- euro, there is a daily healthy free lunch and you will get an intern-bike to tour the city.
Send your e-mail with a portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are often asked to give insight into our work, our development process, and to help students prepare for the real world. To be able to share it more easily, we filmed the lecture we gave for the industrial design students of the TU Twente.
If your school would like us to give a lecture at your college, please let us know.