In this design portfolio review I sit down with Ethar, a young graphic designer looking to change careers and move into the branding and agency world. We review her portfolio presentation and CV and discuss how she can improve by highlighting her key responsibilities, skills, and  results from her experience. We also discuss the importance of a portfolio presentation versus a portfolio website, and how to simplify your CV. This review is great for any graphic designer currently in the job market looking to change roles.

Key Points

  • Using a portfolio presentation versus a portfolio website for graphic design job applications.
  • How to organize and present your design portfolio presentation for job applications.
  • How to format a design project with your portfolio presentation.
  • The importance of a simple and clear CV/resume for graphic designers.
  • Highlighting key responsibilities, skills, and results from your current role.

To Think On

  • What are some of the key points that you can pull out from your current role that speak to gaining experience outside of graphic design skills? (i.e. collaboration, marketing, etc.)
  • How can you quantify any results from the work completed at your current role?
  • How can you present work from your current project in a case-study that captures your entire time there rather than just focusing on a few projects?


  • Simplify the design and layout of your CV to highlight your experience and consider removing any extra details.
  • Reorganize your portfolio presentation to present your most recent and relevant work first followed by 'passion projects' and freelance work.
  • Try to pull out any results from your efforts at your current role that speak to the business's growth.
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