Themes, templates, frameworks, website builders and content management systems. It is so easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you are just starting to build your first design portfolio.
The truth is that none of this is relevant. You shouldn’t have to worry about any these. At least not for now. The only thing you should focus on is creating the best possible content.
Last week I suggested to build your first design portfolio on Medium.Medium’s constraints are excellent for building your first design portfolio. It stimulates a content first approach and prevents you from getting caught up pushing pixels. Rather than giving you 800 x 600 pixels of freedom such as a platform like Dribbble, Medium gives you a text writer. Thanks to Medium’s community you can even start to engage with an audience from the moment you launch.
So how might this work out in practice? To show you, I converted my existing portfolio to Medium. This is what it may look like.
Medium has some lesser-known features which are excellent for today’s purpose. Keep reading if you want to understand how you can quickly set up your design portfolio in a similar way.
Step 1. Create a Page for every Case Study
I don’t have to convince you of the importance of having projects on your portfolio. If the goal of your portfolio is to demonstrate your skills, detailed case studies are crucial.
In my example, I created an individual page for every case study. This decision was driven by the high amount of content each case study has.
A positive side effect is that it enables people to comment on each individual project using Medium’s commenting feature.
Wondering how many case studies to show? Read an earlier article:
Why having fewer Portfolio Projects is better
Start creating the content of your case studies and hit “Publish” before moving on to the next step.