The best way to present your work to companies, individuals, or anyone else is to create a portfolio containing all of your work. Being a designer means that everything needs to look great — all the elements should fit perfectly. That also goes for the portfolio.
You don’t want to just list all the designs you have worked on — that could make people lose interest. Your work might be extremely impressive, but if the presentation of your collection isn’t as good as the content in it, you’re not using all the tools necessary to get people to look at it.
You could simply grab everything you have ever worked on and include it in your portfolio. However, you shouldn’t do that. There’s no need to rush. You already have a lot of examples of your work, and if you had the time to work on all of that, you should have the time to go through all of it once again and pick wisely what you want to present to the public.
Your portfolio needs to be simple, clean, and beautiful. The person looking at it needs to navigate through it easily, without being overwhelmed by the content. If the portfolio is on a website, show only a couple of pieces at the time.
Include Your Best Work
If you don’t have enough designs, it might be worth it to take some time and create something fresh, new, and eye-catching. Browse through all of your designs and make sure to include the ones you’re most proud of.
Pick projects that got the work done in the past, produced great results on the market and received amazing feedback. Don’t include generic examples that every other designer has. That also goes for the final product of tutorials. There are probably thousands of designers out there who have completed the same tutorial, guide, or class and got the same or similar design as you in the end. You don’t want to have plagiarised content. The key is to go with the most creative and unique pieces of work.
Variety, Quantity and Quality
Even if you’ve been creating designs for one specific niche, you want to go for variety when it comes to the looks, elements, and topics. The number of designs you include in your portfolio is quite important as well. It doesn’t hurt to have a lot of examples included, but keeping it at a reasonable level is recommended.
Think about where you’re sending your portfolio. Also, implementing filters for large online portfolios is a great idea. Finally, remember that online portfolios need to be in high resolution and look great on screens of all sizes and resolutions. In case you need to print your portfolio one day, the high resolution will come in handy.