Throughout this section of How-To Design articles I hope to share the methods that I have been using to help designers create a personal identity and develop an effective portfolio.

Develop a Portfolio

Write an artist bio

A well written bio should summarize who you are. Employers will be asking the following questions.

• Who is this person?
• What do they do?
• Do they have anything to offer?
• What’s remarkable about them?

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Choose a font

When asked how to choose a font I always ask what the font needs to convey. Typography is one of the most valuable skills a graphic or web designer can use to tighten up a message and to convey a meaning which is not just what the words say but how they look. Think of all type from a wordmark to body copy as having a message that it needs to speak visually and make sure it does not just communicate with the words alone. Choosing the correct typeface is essential to conveying the right meaning when mixed with a visual design.

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How to create a business card

A designers business card is most likely the first impression that a potential client or employer will see. The business card should be easily identified with the entire campaign of identity elements in regards to use of color and graphical elements. A well designed business card is easy to sum up and must contain all contact info as well as the URL to the designers website. The look and feel are also important making the question how to create a business card a difficult one. Begin by identifying what elements are most important to include in the design.

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How to choose a print vendor

When asked How to choose a print vendor one is faced with a multitude of options based on the needs of the job at hand. Choosing a print vendor can be a daunting task. It becomes especially difficult when your needs are small. Short run printing prices are always high due to the setup cost of the job on traditional equipment or the high cost of the new equipment which is designed for running single jobs.

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Manage a web design

How to create a web presence

When students begin portfolio development it is important that they understand how to create a web presence. It is essential that all of the personal identity elements match and securing the right domain name is a difficult task. Generally a portfolio website should have a name that relates to either the designers name or an alias that is created as a part of the designers identity.

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Write a website design proposal

To write a website design proposal you will need to asses the entire scope of the project. Additionally you will need to create a budget and get approval on the general graphical design and technical development elements required.

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Write a website design proposal

To write a website design proposal you will need to asses the entire scope of the project. Additionally you will need to create a budget and get approval on the general graphical design and technical development elements required.

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Create a Wireframe

Wireframe prototyping get feature’s where you want them quickly.

To Create a Wireframe Prototype is one of the first steps any web designer must take when using rapid prototyping methods. Figuring where the features of a site will go on each page in the main objective. Good homepage designs attempt to deliver a summary of all that a site has to offer in a visually appealing fashion.

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