Your portfolio speaks to what you are capable of producing, and the quality of work clients can expect from you. Clients will decide on whether or not they will hire you based on your portfolio.
People buy from those they like, trust, and believe.
You may not have a problem getting clients to like you, however anything less than a stellar portfolio will keep clients from trusting and believing you can complete the work.
Creating good work is one thing, but knowing what to include and what to leave out of your portfolio is the skill that separates amateur designers from professionals.
In less than a day, you can craft a portfolio to win bigger and better clients. I want to show you how.
You spent money and time to cultivate your skills. The average cost of design school is $70,000 for 4 years and 230 hours of learning everything from color theory to typographic layouts, even art history.
Upon graduation, you discover finding clients who are willing to hire a rookie designer are almost impossible to find and if you do find a client they could care less where you went to school.
Clients want to hire designers who have experience, but how will you ever get experience if no one hires you?
There’s a different path you can take and I have found it is not taught in school and it is something I learned from 10 years of working with clients and collaborating with world-renowned creatives.
It’s a proven framework on how to present your work in a professional way and command respect from potential clients.
I call it the Behance Blueprint.
“I'm not too much of a stats person, but my portfolio views have gone up a bunch since I've been re-creating pieces with this blueprint. This course is perfect!”
- Amy Rusan, Graphic Designer
A 50+ page guide that breaks down how to brand your portfolio as well as professionally present your work in the proper context.
Whether you're working in Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, or Photoshop, there's a template to jump-start the process of crafting your portfolio.
Direct access to over 50 free design mockup templates to display your design work in real world applications, products, advertisements and interactive settings.
It’s only fitting that in a resource about creating the perfect portfolio, we demonstrate with visually how to craft your portfolio. With just over 25 videos, you’ll be able to follow to the exact pixel. All videos come with written transcriptions and subtitles to ensure you’re aware of the entire process.
Module 1: Mastering Your Mindset
Your thinking has a huge impact on your confidence as a designer and confidence is a skill that can be cultivated based on how well you present. Acquire the mental tools necessary to present with confidence.
Module 2: The Framework
How to practically translate design principles into an adaptable design system that can be applied to any type of design work from photography, videos to graphic design and illustration.
Module 3: Gaining Exposure
How to market your portfolio to the right audience and engage with them in a way that will be the best investment of your time. It’s not enough to build a portfolio you have to ensure the right people see your project.
Together we will craft your portfolio step by step resulting in a project that will communicate your value as a designer, and strategically position yourself as the best option to clients.
Over the course of 27 lessons spanning just under 6 hours of content we'll implement features like:
Top Mistakes on Behance
Learn to avoid and overcome the top 6 mistakes users make on the Behance platform. (8:00)
Act Like a Pro
Position yourself as a professional who is paid a premium rather than a hobbyist or amateur. (8:58)
The most critical principle that will help you curate and transform your portfolio. (19:02)
A collection of resources highlighting the must have mockups for a portfolio, both free and paid. (9:25)
The first image on your portfolio and the key to leading viewers to look through the rest of your project. (17:23)
The Defining Statement
Bring clarity and understanding by letting your portfolio viewers know the overall context. (7:45)
Brand and Logo Marks
A brand is not a logo, it's the feeling users get when they interact with a brand. (19:18)
Colors and Typography
Colors convey meaning, and using the right typography can perfect your portfolio project. (17:33)
Two Shot Layout
The most versatile layout of the blueprint framework for logos, illustrations images, and graphics. (16:55)
Three Shot Layout
Another incredibly versatile layout of the blueprint framework for logos, illustrations images and graphics. (8:19)
Icons visually convey ideas that words cannot concisely communicate. (15:13)
Brand artifacts are symbols that relate to and enhance the brand, but are not the logo. (10:49)
Don’t make the mistake of only posting a video of your film work. Get more views on your work. (18:26)
Showing websites on your portfolio is all about the right context and responsiveness. (31:17)
A step-by-step walkthrough of optimizing and uploading your portfolio items on Behance. (11:09)
Uploading a Project
Properly position your portfolio items in a way that highlights your storytelling. (16:59)
What goes around comes around. Invest in the Behance community, gain followers and appreciations. (8:01)
How to get noticed by the Behance curation team and agencies who are looking to hire talent. (17:13)
Turn your projects into weeks of social media content and expand your digital footprint. (12:43)
How Clients Evaluate Work
We'll walkthrough how potential clients evaluate talent within a portfolio. (13:00)
Together in under 6 hours and 27 lessons we will craft your portfolio step by step resulting in a project that will communicate your value and strategically position yourself as the best option to clients.
Your thinking impacts confidence and gives you the mental fortitude necessary to present your skills effectively.
Practically translate design principles into an adaptable system that can be applied to any type of design work.
Discover how to engage with the right audience and utilize the best use of your time. Ensure the right people see your project.
Please note each video includes a written summary of the lesson, a full transcript, and subtitles so you can follow along with precise accuracy.
“Nathan is one of the best teachers online. He delivers things in a clear and straightforward way at a calm pace that is easy to follow.”
- Juan Carlzon, Logo Designer
Give your portfolio a structured makeover and stand out among the rest of your peers. Learn from an experienced designer and get your portfolio agency and client ready.
Bridge the gap between your skills and an agency by learning how to compose stunning portfolio elements to clearly communicate the value of your creative process.
Get credit for your thinking. Show potential clients how your ideas, advice, and strategies translate into results both visually and practically.
Empower your team with the ability to craft a portfolio that highlights your strengths and positions your work in the proper context for potential clients.
“Even though I'm an experienced designer, I found the pixel guides and breakdowns to be super helpful. I wish I had this course years ago.”
- Tamara Didenko, UX Designer
The Behance Blueprint is a design framework that breaks down professional portfolio layouts to the exact pixel.
30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied and I will refund every cent of your investment.
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Look at the leading portfolio projects on Behance and then review your portfolio. I want to help you close that gap by teaching you a framework which will demystify the process of creating a portfolio.
This course is for designers who have a creative skill but may not know the best way to present their work and communicate their full value. If you are not getting the results you desire, then this course will benefit you.
I walk you through the essential elements of portfolio and present a framework which includes branding, curation, composition, promotion, positioning and more. It's what I used to transform my portfolio and help other successful creative professionals.
When I first began compiling the course, my goal was to be thorough and concise. Most of the lessons are to the point and offer visual examples. With 24 videos the course should take an estimated 6 hours to complete.
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across all devices you own.
Yes, once you join Behance, you can create a profile and start uploading your work. If you do have an Adobe Creative Cloud account, you have the bonus of using Adobe Portfolio and other integrated features.