In this design portfolio review, I sat down with designer Marissa to provide feedback on how she can improve her design portfolio website. I suggested moving from her self-coded site to a platform like Adobe Portfolio, paring down her projects to 4-5 stellar case studies, enhancing her project descriptions to tell a compelling story about her process, improving formatting/layout for clarity, reorganizing the homepage and overall structure, and using mockups and impactful imagery to showcase her work. I provided tactical tips to help Marissa boost her portfolio and better convey her skills to stand out. As a designer myself, I was able to offer insights into creating a portfolio that wows.

Key Points

  • Utilizing a design portfolio platform versus coding your portfolio website.
  • Paring down projects and showcasing 3-4 of your best works as deeper case studies.
  • How to start your freelance design career to gain valuable experience.

To Think On

  • What is the type of design work you would like to focus more on? Can you showcase more of that work on your portfolio website?
  • What is a realistic estimate of how much time you can offer while also pursuing your acting career and can you use that to your advantage when starting discussions with internship opportunities?


  • Include descriptions for your projects and build out a story. Think of the who, what, and why for your projects.
  • Consider switching to a platform like Adobe Portfolio to help simplify developing your design portfolio website.


  • Adobe Portfolio - This is a free mini-course I put together for building a portfolio website on the platform.
  • Framer - A great tool for building a portfolio website and also for future projects.
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