This idea came to me a long time back. I guess it’s just sort of a no-brainer, but for some of us that are starting in the web design or web development we might not think of keeping every little piece or project that we have done. While I attended DeVry University for my first two certificates, one in Web Design and the other in Web Development, I had no thought about keeping everything. Sure there were a few pieces that made me proud and I decided to keep them, but not everything. That is where I went wrong. Now, I am going back for my B.A. in Multimedia Design and Development and anything I create that is related to my field, I am keeping. So why is it important to start a web portfolio in college and does it have to be perfect?
No. You don’t have to have a perfect web portfolio. You’re a student. That’s the point. As you are venturing throughout college you will have various classes and will collect many projects. Display these on your portfolio. Explain what you are learning, what you have learned, and what you are going to learn. I think a lot of us tend to over-obsess about the look of a website, but I have seen some really great portfolios that have simple layouts.
It’s also important to have that portfolio because you will start networking in college, with both friends, professors, and even future employers. So even though it is not a perfect representation just yet, it shows people what you are capable of and lets them learn a little about you.
Since I am going back to college for my B.A. I am having to redo some of my basic classes and most all of my web development and design courses have already been taken, but I still have a few left. Those I do not, I will be making sure to save and add to my portfolio.
I also want to make one thing clear: don’t haphazardly throw your web portfolio together. You need to show who you are without jumbling everything up. There are ways to make everything nice and professional and if you ever need a helping hand there are plenty of websites I can hook you up with for resources either for inspiration, information, or for help with things like colors or photo resizing.
Above anything else, remember, it’s about you. Make it about you and make it fun while you do.