We are lucky to receive a lot of job and internship applications. But sometimes we see that talented students have trouble presenting themselves and their work. To help them, we created this post with portfolio tips and give lectures to design educations. We hope that this information will help you to get accepted into our studio. (or somewhere else 😉).
We are often asked to give insight into our work, our development process and to help students prepare for the real word. To be able to share it more easily, we filmed the lecture we gave for the industrial design students of the TU Twente. If you would like us to give a lecture at your college, Please let us know by sending us an e-mail.
See your portfolio as a design project:
- Analyse how it is used (= computer screen) so make it 16:9 or wider (resolution 1920×1080).
- Do a competitor analyses at Issuu or Behance (search for product design)
- Create nice logical/understandable stories. These will 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 MB 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.
- Photo(s) that give 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 indication of your role/work)
- Personal / miscellaneous stuff you created (but make sure it is quality work)
- Thank you + contact details page
Show your best work, choose quality over quantity. The projects should have a nice flow and can include:
- The brief, problem, functionality and user interaction
- Competitor analysis, reference images and infographics
- Ideas, sketches, models
- 3D Cad / internal parts / working methods
- Different concepts and the selection procedure
- Explanation graphics / visualizations / renderings
- Prototypes / Testing / User Interaction / App
- Final result (in context rendering) and explanation
Use several slides and re-do & add steps afterwards, work on it until it fits your ambition.
The E-mail is important because it sets the expectation. If time is spent on the details, often the portfolio is worth going through.
Keep it short and include:
- Introduction of yourself and the reason you’re applying
- The education, its location and the year you are in
- If possible, past internships and/or jobs
- When you can start and for how long you like to stay (we prefer 6 month)
- 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