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Create a Knockout Graphic Design Portfolio

with Ram Castillo

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  •   01 What is a Design Portfolio

  •   12 How to Caption Your Work


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About The Class

showcase your best work.

A portfolio is a designer’s calling card. Job-seeking designers must capture the interest of potential clients and employers, but the elements of an attention-grabbing portfolio are far from obvious. Create a Knockout Design Portfolio changes that.

In this class, Ram Castillo will help you through every stage of portfolio development from conceptualization to organization to dissemination.

Think of your portfolio as a sales pitch – as a designer you are selling a service the employer is buying. Learn how to sell your skills through the contents and structure of your portfolio. In this class, Ram will help you develop a clear action plan for creating a design portfolio that stands out. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Filter and organize your design work
  • Photograph and/or render project pieces
  • Choose an online portfolio structure

Ram will help you develop a portfolio that clearly articulates who you are as a designer and the skills, insights, vision, and potential you bring to the table.

A portfolio is a designer's opportunity to showcase their work and put their best foot forward. Take full advantage of this opportunity and Create a Knockout Design Portfolio.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    What is a Design Portfolio

  2. 02

    Personal Analysis: Defining Your Purpose

  3. 03

    Specify Your Story & Define Your Goals

  4. 04

    Recognizing the Obstacles

  5. 05

    The Power of Personal Branding w/ Dava Guthmiller

  6. 06

    Analyzing Your Customer & Employer

  7. 07

    Planning the Customer's Journey

  8. 08

    The User Experience w/ Arianna Orland

  9. 09

    Creating Your Online Portfolio

  10. 10

    Go From Design Work to Portfolio Piece

  11. 11

    Adding Depth to Your Portfolio

  12. 12

    How to Caption Your Work

    Good captions put your work in context while still allowing the work to speak for itself.

  13. 13

    Tips to Launch Your Portfolio

  14. 14

    Free Social Media Marketing Strategies

  15. 15

    Integrating a Blog into Your Portfolio


Meet Your Expert

Ram Castillo

Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker and Author of the internationally acclaimed book 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, and Apple. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • pdf 23 digital resources to keep in your back pocket
  • pdf The 6 most crucial design principles to implement on any design
  • pdf Top 10 mistakes to avoid when creating your online design portfolio
  • pdf 5 free online creative communities you need to be on and why
  • pdf Daily ideas to improve and retain creativity
  • HD How to Photograph Your Work with a Home Setup

97% of students recommend this class.
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  • Stacy

    January 2015

    I have been asking for a portfolio class for graphic designers since last year on Creative Live. So, I was excited to see Ram Castillo teach this class. Thank you CL! This is one of my favorite classes on CL. This class is not only for specifically graphic designers, but can also be applicable to other artists and designers as well. I had to create a online, print, pdf and dvd school/job graphic design portfolio to graduate with my degree and was taught vaguely about what exactly to include in the portfolios several revisions later. I wish I had discovered Creative Live, then! Ram Castillo walks you through the steps of getting to know yourself which helps you to create the portfolio and knowing your potential employer/customer which let's you analyze what your portfolio should include. But, it isn't always just about you. A degree in graphic design doesn't always guarantee you a design job. But, Ram Castillo, his sense of humor and his cute accent will show you how to get that design job. Ram shares his secrets some designers probably wouldn't want you to know. Ram Castillo shows the portfolio sites you need to be on and how to market yourself to be seen, how to self edit your work, and getting feedback from others. Ram has guests that explain how they prepared their portfolio to get a design job. Ram addresses what to do and what not to do, what to include in your online portfolio, how to think daily and how to take care of your mind and body which can impact the way you create your portfolio which can also be an emotional journey. This class was a huge source of inspiration and breaking down the steps that you need to do to have a knockout portfolio and be a successful designer to shattering those hurdles and excuses. After watching this class, you too may be inspired to create that knockout portfolio whether you are starting out or not, your confidence may soar after watching this class, you may be the one holding yourself back and this class may help you to get out of your own way. Ram suggests if you don't have that hero project in your portfolio, create those knockout personal projects to put in your portfolio. Ram Castillo prepares you for your portfolio and beyond to get that interview and job. I highly recommend this class for purchase for the bonus materials, the videos for inspiration, how to photograph your work, there is enough room for you, inspiration, process and accountability. This class will also prepare you for the next step, getting a design job which is the next class you need to watch and purchase. Thank you Ram Castillo! Thank you for teaching this class and so grateful that you taught this class. This class has been added to my design library of resources. If you will excuse me, now I have a lot of work to do to create that knockout design portfolio.

  • JenVazquezPhotography


    January 2015

    I was excited to meet Ram from his first email prior to the live class that I was going to take. He is personable, authentic and eager to help others. I thought I would enjoy his class but wasn't sure how appropriate it would be to me as my photography business. Surprisingly this class would be perfect for any Creative business. It was so appropriate for my business and had so much actionable content, that I took 10 pages of notes! Many can train about portfolios. Many can be powerful speakers. Ram was not only those things but so much more. He started out by telling us about WHY and HOW he became who he is and had us explore ourselves. It was powerful. It was a light bulb moment to realize my focus in business has a direct result to how i was raised and what I believe is important. That was just one part of the training. In the end, I had direct and actionable goals toward revamping my portfolio. It's great to take a class that is not only motivating but changes the way I do business. As a direct result of this class, I changed my portfolio and got a photography job where the client told me they hired me due to my portfolio. How powerful!! It would be a FANTASTIC investment you won't regret.

  • ATworks


    January 2015

    this class is amazing! I have just graduated my graphic design education and started completing my portfolio so I could show interested companies or employers wat I am capable of... I will never ever look at my portfolio the same way after this class they don't learn you these things at school... What your portfolio projects should represent, how many, how to show trough your portfolio, what you are looking for in a job, how complete or incomplete your current portfolio could be and how to give it that extra something so they actually check out your portfolio when you contact them to apply for a job... This course was great, the guest speakers made it even more valuable. They are all very experienced in the aspects they were asked for... Ram Castillo has some great life experience to share! Get this course if you want to give yourself that extra push to achieve great things with your design!

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