Your exit interview is your portfolio presentation to a small group of professional designers including myself. You want to treat this meeting in the same manner that you would treat a job interview. In fact, it could be a job interview. Any of the people you are meeting with could possibly have an opening or will be looking in the near future. At the very least, they each are in a position to potentially recommend you to another firm if you impress them.
The link below is to the rubric that your interviewers will be using
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time
- Practice your presentations!
- Know how and why each piece in your book was created.
- Talk to the group, not to your work (eye contact)
- Please dress appropriately
- Introduce yourself to the group
- Present your b-card and résumé to each interviewer. (you will have at least 3 and possibly 4 interviewers)
- Wait for the group to look over b-card and résumé
- Present your work.
- Take notes
- Have questions for your interviewers.
- Know your strengths
- Know the strengths of your portfolio
- Know your weaknesses, what are you doing to address them?
- Know what your future goals are as a designer
- Where will you be in 5 years?
The Optimum Portfolio
Specific areas that should be represented or demonstrated within your portfolio are:
- Strong typographic skills
- Strong layout and compositional skills
- Variety of image making skills
- Technical skills and expertise
- Conceptual thinking
- Process and idea development
- Knowledge of design production
- Impeccable craftsmanship, neatness and presentation
- The relationship of form to content
- Unique, creative design solutions
- Campaign or Series Development
- Production Techniques as Related to Design
- Historical Reference/context
- Client-based design
- Design Research
- Group Collaborations that Showcase your Responsibility or Involvement
All projects should be executed with impeccable attention to craftsmanship and precision. All projects should be accompanied by a brief description which includes the primary objectives of the design brief or a class assignment. Do not include published pieces, even if you have them, if they are not of high standard. A good student assignment is better than a bad professional/published/printed one.
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