How do you make your portfolio fulfill its potential and look its best?

I think the most valuable feedback and advice I’ve taken away from portfolio crits is the following: 

  • Quality over quantity: Pick the work that you can really talk about proudly and you love as this will shine through – don’t fill it for the sake of it.
  • Do your research: This sounds obvious! But if you’re sending your portfolio to an agency that specialises in digital design, don’t fill your portfolio with print work. Show the skills that would make you a good fit for their agency. 
  • Be consistent: Your type, layout, grid is so important – the portfolio itself needs to be clear, consistent and reflective of your skills as a designer.

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on at RY? 

On joining as an intern at RY, my first two months were spent in the Digital team, which introduced me to a completely new skill set. I was set a self-initiated internship project on day one which was focused on the concept of brutalist architecture and how perceptions of it might be challenged through a digital experience. Initially, this seemed like a daunting challenge, as I had very little experience with Sketch. But nonetheless, I was very excited to begin developing my skills in a new area of design. Which I think is so important at that early stage of your career.

The project helped me to learn how to best manage my time, as I was working on it alongside live client work, and how to really showcase my capabilities as a digital designer, collating all the skills I was learning on live projects in an open creative space. At the end of the two months, I had to present my solution to the team which was ‘brutaful.com,’ a digital discovery of the brutalist architecture in London, all collated in one place. It would showcase stories, art, and all things ‘brutaful’, and organise them by postcode. This project really allowed me to find my feet at RY and nurture a new passion for digital design, which is the team in which I now sit as a permanent digital designer!

How can you overcome the fear of finding your first job or internship?

The creative industry is tough! It can take a while to really find your feet and get an interview somewhere you really want to be. The thing to remember is that while it’s never going to be easy, you shouldn’t lose faith. Keep yourself current, do new briefs or develop current projects further if you’re struggling to get your work noticed, and remember the people your approaching have all been in your shoes themselves!