Long time, no see! I recently finished moving from Saitama to Kanagawa prefecture. I don't intend to stay at my current residence for very long though. I'm temporarily couch-surfing, but hopefully I can save a considerable amount of money before I move again in September. In any case, the transition has made utilizing my computer equipment much more inconvenient, so the next posts over the following weeks will focus on curation rather than my creations.
This video in particular from The Futur Academy has really motivated me into thinking more critically about my audience's perspective when visiting my website. Whether they are fans, friends, potential employers or clients, describing my work with clear context has become my goal for the summer. I think the whole video is worth watching, but here are some of my top picks you can scrub to:
7:25 – What problems did you solve as a designer?
9:30 – The importance of showing process and how you think.
29:00 – Highlight insights to show how you've formed your design solution.
37:00 – Your work does not speak for itself. Explain your work.
Currently, my portfolio is setup in a manner that emphasizes the breadth of my skill, but not my process. This got me thinking on how to better showcase the content I do have, so that my role in the conception becomes clear. If you've been following the blog for long, you're probably already aware of my push to expand my older projects. Though this fills a lot of space in my portfolio with important visuals, I realized that the extra images don't mean much without the context of a story. Therefore, I've been looking into various ways of making the website more engaging and receptive to HR people. Ya boy needs to change his job!
In other news, summer vacation starts soon so I'll be working a lot more diligently in the coming weeks What do you think? As an Artist, have you ever had a portfolio reviewed? How about those in other forms of employment, has your work publicly criticized and judged? How did you apply those changes to improve yourself? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Until next time,