Feedback is the key to growth. Your attitude towards feedback is what determines your growth. So if you want to develop yourself, you should always be seeking for feedback. Regardless of your experience.
Feedback on your portfolio often comes in the form of an portfolio review. The one factor to an effective portfolio review is how you approach your portfolio review. You are responsible for the usefulness of the feedback you receive.
So don’t hide yourself from reviewers. Don’t enter a review session unprepared. Don’t blame your reviewer for being critical. Don’t start an argument.
Even though your portfolio is the most personal piece of work you have ever created, don’t take the critique personal.
The more feedback sessions I attended, the more I realized that reviewers telling the honest truth are extremely hard to find. Most reviewers can only give compliments. They are afraid to hurt you. Ironically, the people being honest will boost your development. You need to appreciate them.
Knowing what you do well is not going to help you improve your weaknesses. It is only going to make you feel good.
Below are 8 steps to more useful design portfolio reviews.