Mako Design’s Top Portfolio Tips for Design Students
A value that we truly believe and follow at Mako Design is giving back as much as possible to our community. As we are a product design agency, we work hard to not only deliver quality services to home inventors and small business owners, but invest our time and efforts to help push forward to the design community and inspire young designers to stay motivated. Mako Design takes part in a lot of initiatives to help students, such as holding our annual MAKO student innovation award, but we also believe a big part in helping our design community is sharing our wealth of knowledge of the design field! Since we are a team of 30, with world-class designers, our Austin product design specialist shares some of our favorite portfolio tips to help aspiring design students. Keep reading to find out our top three favorite tips for creating an amazing portfolio!
Tip #1 – Show Your Process
One of the most important tips that our Austin product design specialist believes that every designer should remember is to show your process. Detailing and documenting every step in creating a design is a huge and important way to show off your design skills. People who are looking for designers want to not only see great pieces of finished work, but the way in which you got there, and your unique approach to designing. Showing your work is a great way to exemplify how you understand design. Make sure your portfolio shows off more of your skills rather than just a catalog of your designs. Your portfolio should show the steps in which you took to create a design rather than just finished products in order to help show your method of design thinking, development, and unique skill.
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Tip #2 – Present Your Portfolio in a Story like Manner
A special tip given by our senior industrial designer and Austin product design specialist, Magnus Skold, is to present your portfolio as a complete story. As a design student, your whole career depends on having a great portfolio to help exemplify your work and design process as best as possible, in order to help stand out, it’s important that your portfolio is as presentable as possible. Presenting your work in your portfolio in a storytelling method is an eye-catching and impressive way to show off your work to employers or when applying for a new career. Not only do you give others the chance to see how you work, but also tell more about yourself as a designer when showcasing your talents.
Our senior industrial designer, Magnus Skold, helping design students from IDSA over a Zoom call!
Tip #3 – Tailor Each Portfolio for Each Business
As most design students know, industrial design is a broad field with many different avenues to explore. You can essentially become a designer and create works for any line of work, business, or field, depending on what you feel most passionate about. As a design student, you will probably design a bunch of different types of designs – however, rather than placing each and every design you’ve ever made into your portfolio, a smart strategy, told by our Austin product design specialist, is to create tailored portfolios that correspond to each certain business or field your applying to. Although it’s good to show off all your work, taking the time to create a specific portfolio for each field of design you’re interested in shows that you care about presenting your portfolio in a relevant matter and that you are passionate for the specific field you’re interested in, which will help you stand out against the competition.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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