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Crucial, Eye Catching & Sizzling Design Portfolio Updates

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Hey guys! I love updating my website with new and fresh content, and I’m really happy to announce some new work that you can dig your teeth into!

It’s been a busy couple of months since I’ve returned from traveling all over South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for a year with my younger brother – it was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget.

I’ve recently added new updates to my entire illustration and design portfolio, which you can see on my website right now! It was well needed to say the least.

From new design work, mock-ups to important project info to absorb, I’m really happy with how each piece of work fully explains the process each project went through.

But it wasn’t always this way…

Why It’s Crucial To Never Rest On Your Laurels

I admit, I rested on my laurels with my design portfolio.

This is why I love approaching a website, design or illustration with a fresh pair of eyes.

Previously you would have just seen the odd design, with no background information or development work, with no clarification to how it looks in real life (like brochures photography for example).

This is exactly what happened when I approached my design portfolio with a brand new perspective, and how more content was needed.

Of course users scan content nowadays, but it definitely needed a rethink.

There’s always room for improvement, but it’s a big step in the right direction! One book I’m currently reading is ‘Don’t Make Me Think’ by Steve Krug, it’s a brilliant book to help your own website design (it’s certainly helped mine!).

What’s New?

You can see some more work, sketches and development designs for CMME, a local financial advisory company based in Alton, Hampshire. Where I produced everything from brochure design, email marketing designs to social media imagery, which you can see a bit more here!

Rebranding Designs

Rebranding Designs

I also included more design work when I was approached by the National Museums Liverpool. They asked me to produce a visual identity for their up and coming exhibition, Sankofa.

Here you can see moodboards, how it looks on their website, and poster designs to advertise the exhibition.

National Museums Liverpool Poster Design

National Museums Liverpool Poster Design

Finally one of favourite projects I was asked to produce (that a lot has been added to), was the logo I created for Dance 4 Fitness, a dance company based in Surrey.

Creating a fresh, organic and unique logo, and you can see how it’s used online, on merchandise like t-shirts to jumpers, and development work too.

Logo Design - T-shirt

Digital Logo Development

Tips To Help Your Design Portfolio

I’ve focused on 3 aspects to improve my design portfolio, which in turn can help yours;

Give the user a chance to find out more about each project

This includes development work, sketches, and more writing (where appropriate).

With your design portfolio, see if you can communicate how the project enfolded to your users. Show development work, rough sketches, to the final outcome.

Make each project count.

Put the focus on your work

Like I was saying within my last blog post, it’s important that you focus on your work, as this is what potential clients and customers want to see.

They aren’t interested in anything else!

Include mock-ups to get a taste of each project

Sometimes having a design by itself just isn’t enough.

For example, it’s great to see how a logo looks on a website, within a piece of marketing collateral, or on tablet device.

Give your users more background to how their creative idea can look in the real world. Check out Behance to discover free mockup designs to get you started.

What Do You Think Of These New Updates?

It took a while to update and get right, but I’m really happy with these new additions to my illustration and design portfolio. I’ve focused on quality and making each project insightful and informative to every user.

I’ll love to hear what you think about my new updates!

What are your thoughts?

How have you helped your own design portfolio stand out?

Give me a comment below, I’ll love to hear from you!

If you would like to find out more about my illustration work, do check out my portfolio, or send me an email to see how I can help you with your next creative project.

Thanks guys, and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Many thanks for listening and visiting my news page today. You can follow what I’m up to on my Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages, I’ll really appreciate it if you do, and don’t be afraid to say hi to me! Many thanks again, and have a great day!

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