IDSE402 Portfolio Development


About this course

In Portfolio Development, students will develop and produce a portfolio of work that communicates their distinct point of view, experience, capabilities, and pursuits.

Outcomes and competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Communicate their personal design philosophy or point of view across mediums.
  • Articulate their experience, capabilities, and aim in varying formats and channels.
  • Shape content for specific opportunities and audiences.

Core concepts and ideas

This class emphasizes the following main ideas, themes, and concepts:

  • Write personal design philosophy
  • Position themselves within the current and future design landscape.
  • Define work goals and objectives.
  • Critique other ac4d and non-ac4d Designers’ portfolios.
  • Sketch copies of other Designers’ portfolio layouts.
  • Outline their portfolio content in a google doc.
  • Write a user scenario of their intended audience experiencing their portfolio.
  • Sketch feasible layouts from web design tools and related templates.
  • Sketch several layout variations of their portfolio content.
  • Create personal brand and accompanying assets.
  • Build a digital portfolio.

Schedule

DatesThemeIn classOut of Class

3/10

Introduction to Portfolio Management

Introduction to Portfolio Development

Class Expectations & Calendar

Assignments & Materials

Complete design landscape and roles exercise.

Source 3-5 portfolios that inspire you and prepare to share 1 or 2.

3/12

Exploration

Review other portfolios and personal brands (instructor- and student-provided)

Sketch copies of portfolio layouts (individual)

Guest Speaker John Berry on realizing your value

Outline your portfolio narrative.

Explore Squarespace templates and identify 3-4 to experiment with your outline.

3/17

Personal Narrative

Complete portfolio narrative exercise (individual)

Layout narrative within Squarespace or Webflow templates (Individual)

Refine 1-2 rough portfolio layouts to share next class.

3/19

Portfolio 1.0

Pin up and review rough portfolio layouts

Determine and document what changes need to be made and what further exploration must be done

Move low- to mid-fidelity portfolio to digital format. Can be in sketch or illustrator or in web design tool.

3/24

Portfolio 1.1

Pin up and review portfolio on web

Refine portfolio

3/26

Personal Brand Workshop

Guests: Ivan Alonso and Ashlee Harris

Complete personal brand activity (individual)

Pin up and review portfolio

Refine brand intentions, define attributes, and create brand elements such as mark and color palette.

3/31

Web Accessibility

Review web accessibility standards and how they’re applied

Complete accessibility check of portfolio and address issues (individual)

4/2

Portfolio 1.2

Alumni Guest Crit with Anna Krachey (remote), Eric Boggs, and Cheyenne Weaver

Move portfolio to hi-fidelity.

4/7

Work Session

4/9

Visual Design Review and Optional Webflow Workshop

Pin up and review with Visual Designers Steven Hanley, Martha Fierro, and Laura Rillera

Refine portfolio.

4/14

Portfolio 1.3

Recruiters and Directors Share Hiring Perspective and Guest Crit

4/16

Portfolio Evaluation

Review student-curated list of opportunities that interests them.

Evaluate portfolio against specific opportunities (entire class)

4/21

Portfolio 1.4

Peer critique

4/23

Physical Portfolio

Create rough draft of paper portfolio for a specific work opportunity

4/28

Interviewing

Interviewing

4/30

Interview Role Play

Interview Role Play