Hey guys. I’m posting a short little diddy to share my ideas for my portfolio website as well as inspirational artist’s websites.
Designing the content structure of this was hard because it’s gonna be the first time I reject some of my personal old fine arts pieces that I’ve always included in my portfolio. Originally, I was thinking of having two filters under the “Work” category, one for Design & one for my Art (and yes, there’s somewhat of a difference between the two). It’s kind of funny how I try to have a certain amount of distance between myself and my graphic designs… but when it comes to my traditional artwork, it feels like an extension of myself and it’s hard to let go of it. And I’m not including them because I think I’m talented enough to pursue a fine arts career, and of course my paintings and such could still improve… but it is held close to my heart. Ugh. But yeah, people are telling me not to include it, so I guess I won’t include it.
Here are a couple links to cool designer portfolios that I was inspired by:
And I also read another article (yeah, get used to it this semester, kids).
Here’s my response to that…
This was a cool article about a certain trait that this designer looks for when hiring. The trait is “Creative Confidence”. This fine line that one must walk as a designer. The line between what you’ve already done–what is safe and easy–and what is potentially risky and “innovative” (yes that is in quotes because we all know that things are remixed and nothing is truly original, yada yada yada).
Anyway, this reminded me of what someone had said to me the other day. I was asking for their opinion on my designs and sketches for my personal logo design (I’m still working on it–I have much more iterations to do before I find the solution though. Personal branding has always been immensely hard for me). They said, “I want your logo to convey you more as a designer. Sure, some of the stuff you have so far is really cool, and I don’t mind that it’s abstracted, but it doesn’t convey you quite yet. What I’ve known so far about you is that you’re willing to take risks and be true to what you want to do, even if I said that I didn’t like that particular typeface or color due to personal preference.” That’s basically what they said, more or less. And it made me feel good about myself because, while I definitely take people’s advice and opinions into consideration when designing, I also am willing to trust my gut instinct if I feel strongly about the direction I’m going. Of course, I still try to do it with the suggestions, but the keyword here is try. I’m willing to try and fail at things. Even though I hate the idea of failure and how it feels, I also know that it’s a necessary step of the process. By failing, you learn and progress. Moving forward to bigger and better things as you come to realize what works and what doesn’t. Even though I can definitely still tune my confidence as a designer, I agree with this article, having creative confidence should be something all designers strive to obtain.