Making an interior design portfolio, whether it’s for a potential employer or prospective client, can be a difficult task! You will find yourself spending years and years looking for inspiration from other portfolios and interior designers. But in the end, you will need a theme and composition that represents you and your work in a sophisticated way.If a designer cannot sell their skills and talent to potential clients, then they’ll be losing out on work.
Moreover, they’ll most likely be losing out to someone who has effectively displayed their brand.While this article looks at interior design portfolios,the tips focus on the presentation and provide general design guidance that is transferable to any type of visual portfolio. So, let’s get started!
Include Your Best Works
If you want to make your design portfolio stand out and showcase your interior design skills and collection, it’s important to only display your most successful and relevant achievements, rather than every project you’ve completed – think of it as answering interview questions, where you highlight the best of your work to show yourself in the best light and captivate your client’s attention, especially if they are time-poor or receive many design portfolios
They want to see your skills and the type of work you can create for them. Therefore, show them quality over quantity! Furthermore, if your client is time-poor or receives many design portfolios, they will want to see your abilities in a snapshot. So, use their time wisely, captivate them and showcase your most impressive achievements!
Include Your Design Process
Within your portfolio, you should include the creative journey taken to come up with your final designs. You can show this for each project, or only show it for one project – that’s totally up to you.The artistic skills you show them will broaden their insight into your idea development as well as the method behind each project.
However, there are some things that you should leave out of your portfolio. Too many technical interior drawings and plans can be overwhelming, and boring. So, it’s a good idea to use these sparingly. When you do include them, try to add some colors or textures to make them more eye-catching and engaging.
Enhance The White Spaces
White spaces are the most powerful way to effectively make your work attractive. A good example of this is a lot of professional interior designers use a lot of white space. The white background (with thoughtfully placed imagery and text) guides the viewer through the webpage to keep them engaged.
Therefore, their eyes go on a captivating journey from the top to the bottom of the page. Thus, they’ll quickly absorb the information they need.
Show Your Works
Although you may want to write various paragraphs that explain your work in detail, it’s best to let the visuals speak for themselves. Most of the time, whoever is viewing your portfolio will skip over large chunks of text. Interior design is, after all, a visual industry where the look and feel of a design paints a story. You shouldn’t need large bodies of text to narrate the scene.
Of course, you can write a few lines of accompanying text. But keep it short and to the point. Furthermore, if you feel you need to include text, make sure it is written to make an impact. The text should help to represent your work in the best light. Short paragraphs, bullet points and narrow formatted text allincrease readability.It can be easy to get carried away when writing text to go with your project. But remember – be concise and use text sparingly!