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Designing a Digital Portfolio, Second Edition by Cynthia L. Baron

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Chapter 8. Creating Written Content

“Someone showing their art should at least pretend they’re competent,” I heard a student sneer while surfing a site. That was harsh, but it’s easy to criticize when you know the difference between good and bad work. Writing is no different. Even if you’re dyslexic or just hate writing, you can’t afford to be embarrassed publicly.

The easiest way to avoid the issue is to design a portfolio with no written content—just your contact information. This strategy can work for some disciplines (animation comes to mind) but it is deadly for most design areas. Too much of what makes a good designer is in the decisions. To appreciate the decisions that went into your finished pieces, viewers need some context.

Fortunately, ...

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