Right, first off – this is me.
As I went through ideas regarding my first blog entry I decided to just go for it and not fuss about what I should write. Honestly I wouldn’t be able to decide on a perfect blog opening post anyways, why even bother. So do not expect anything groundshattering or mindblowing – merely a first post to get myself and this personal project started. Hopefully I shall provide better content as time goes on.
The image I used as the header is of my own – I took it a year ago of my various portfolio pieces that I had printed out to present as I applied for the Estonian Academy of Arts. Now, looking back, I know, that all those works were the main reason for getting accepted to the school- I had previous experience and knowledge of designing – that helped more than a lot. But here’s the catch, the vicious circle of a portfolio.
If you want work, you need to have done some work beforehand
Most likely that did not come out as elegantly as I pictured in my head, but that is still the sad truth, Clients and companies want to see your works, but how should one have any, when one has to actually have work done before, to …
How I got started? Luck, persistance and pro bono work.
I kept on trying and applying for various job offerings looking for web/ui/graphical designers and fortunately enough one company was nice enough to take me in without really alot of previous work, other than some doodles and concepts of potential redesigns of already existing websites.
Once again, I had something through which I could present my skills.
A little trick I thought of to ignore or get past the vicious cycle: I took in clients who didn’t really know I did work for them.
Wait…what? – I picked already existing websites that I deemed redesign-worthy and started working on new concepts for them. I must admit that they weren’t all that great, but it was work nontheless. Artificial portfolio.
So this is my advice to new and aspiring web designers who are stuggling with not getting any projects for their portfolio without having any work experience to show – start creating your own artificial portfolio. It will not only work as almost-worthy portfolio material, but it is also a (flimsy) simulation of a webdesign project.