Portfolio tips product design
& application advice
We are lucky to receive a lot of job and internship applications.
But we see that talented students have not been prepared well by their education. To help them we created this portfolio tips product design page and give lectures to design educations. We hope that this information will help you to get accepted into our studio.
(or somewhere else ;-).
Our selection process
It is good if you realize how our selection process works:
(other studios have a similar process, but big corporations might work differently)
– We have 4 intern spots per year
– Our internship is for 6 months and starts in February and September
– We normally decide before Christmas and the Summer holidays
– We receive 5+ portfolios a week (from all over the world)
– All applications end up in the Internship e-mail folder
– Once a week we go through them
– It starts with the e-mail (sets the expectation)
– We quickly scroll through the portfolio and when it is of high quality we continue.
– If not, the application is moved to the ‘not selected’ e-mail folder
– They get sent a standard thank you (but sorry) email
We look for
– An EU citizen or have a EU work / student permit (without it is hard. please see this link)
– In your 3rd, 4th or master of a technical industrial design education
– Happy to do a 6 months internship
– Ambitious, creative, analytic, hands on, eye for detail, independent, etc.
– Design savvy and technically orientated
– Social, fun to work with (very important) and have a positive attitude
– A wide technical engineering knowledge (production methods etc.)
– Good 3D CAD modeling skills (SolidWorks) and can create technical drawings
– Astonishing hand, digital sketching, and rendering skills
– Excellent software skills (Keyshot, Adobe Ps, Ai, Id)
– Good in making prototypes (foam, clay, working models)
– Experience with photography, film and graphic design (layout, logo icons, schematics)
– Other skills (electrical, code, language, website, social media, etc.)
Your work & design style
– Your products/designs are well presented, make sense, are logical and solve the problem
– Are technically well thought through with a high level of detail
– They are clean and minimalistic with sophisticated use of colour, materials and finishes
– A great hands-on internship with exciting projects
– To work for companies like Nike, Panasonic, Siemens etc.
– To become be a valuable member of the team and get important work, if you are up for it
– Very diverse activities and experience all phases of the development process
– An intern fee of 500,- euro per month (which will cover a large part of your rent)
– An intern bike, free lunches and Friday drinks
– A great social atmosphere in the studio and in Amsterdam
Portfolio tips & application advice
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 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
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 (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
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.
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 e-mail.