How to build your first portfolio? Graphic and Web Designer :: For Beginners


Are you at the starting phase of your career in Graphic Design, Web Design or UI/UX design? And you don't have a portfolio to show someone or to apply for a job?

Don't worry! In this article, I'll guide you 3 simple methods to build your own portfolio.

Before start discussing these methods, let's understand the purpose and benefits of having a good portfolio.

Benefits of having a Good Portfolio:

Here are the benefits of having a great and eye-catchy portfolio:

  • Increase your chance for getting a job
  • Create a sense of confidence
  • Best way to describe your skill set

In a nutshell, portfolio is a most essential asset for every designer. You can learn about the importance and presentation of portfolio from following best-selling books.

Books for Portfolio Guidelines:



Now, let's discuss the methods of building a great portfolio as a beginner: 

1- Participate in design contests


You may familiar with the term "contest". A design contest is basically the competition between different designs with a specified price for winner.


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So, how it'll help in portfolio building?

Well,  whenever you participate in a design contest, you actually made a "design" of something. And you can make that design a part of your portfolio.

Plus, if you win any contest, then that's another victory for you (because you get paid what you design).

How can we participate in design contests?

There are plenty of online platform for this purpose, with hundreds of design contests.

I'm listing some famous and free websites for participating in design contests:


2- Redesign the famous ones


Another way to make an attractive portfolio. Redesigning some famous brands (logo, brand identity, website etc.) can level up your portfolio.

Here are some examples of redesigning:


3- Give free of cost design service

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Yes I know, money is important. As you need it to survive, sustain and success. But in your startup design career, people don't aware about your skill level and creativity.

So, that's why you need to do some sacrifices and invest some time to build your reputation and self awareness.

Ultimately, these designs will also became the part of your portfolio.


Have you chosen "Designing" as your profession? That's great! Just keep one thing in mind that it's not as tough as you thing to start your career successfully. All you need is a little patience and much dedications in your work. And then you see all works good for you.

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