‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say, son, then don’t say anything.’ I never listened to my parents …
I’m afraid, there are only about four or five pieces of work I’d put into a portfolio with a view to getting paid work. As others have said, only show the best of the best.
The rest – and this is only my opinion – feel a bit like personal art projects. Nothing wrong with that if it amuses you. However, a lot of it feels competent, if a bit derivative; particularly the illustration and characters. There’s nothing wrong with it, but equally, nothing stands out as particularly unique, either in style or content. It feel like you’ve seen something you like and emulated it. I’d suggest trying to find your own voice, when it comes to illustration.
The work is definitely reflecting your personal dilemma and is unfocused. You need t curate – heavily. As with every part of the design process, if there isn’t a good reason for something, lose it.
For me, a couple of the corporate pieces are potentials, but if I were looking to employ someone and your portfolio was in front of me, there would be alarm bells ringing, as a good few of the pieces use dummy text, which would make me question whether they were actually live projects, or dummy portfolio pieces. Are they?
A few of your photos in the galleries are good (I’m assuming they are your work). Others, are not. Again; curate. Be ruthless. You know what your best work is. Stocking-fillers don’t do you any favours.
Also, you have a menu category for photography, yet it’s empty. I’d say, ditch it until you have the work to go in it.
The design of the portfolio, itself, also feels a little uninspired and nothing I haven’t seen before. It’s certainly not the clean, well-designed, typographically strong, site I would expect from a designer. It is more like a template someone not in the design field might use to show their work. Either go for a sleek backdrop that shows your work at its best, or something really creative that will make a potential employer sit up and take notice. Usually the former is the safest bet, unless you have a particularly great idea.
I think you need to focus your mind on what you want to be doing with your time and give much more attention to detail to your offering. Why should someone choose you over someone else? What do you bring to the party?
By presenting all your different types of [personal] work up-front in a portfolio, with the corporate work as an after-thought, two thirds of the way down the menu, it feels like the focus is inverted.
What is your portfolio for? A personal showcase, or to get paid work from people? If the latter, you need to completely flip the focus on its head. The personal projects should be the side-shizzle to show what a wonderfully creative individual you are (again, curated), with the main focus on what you can bring to the table, that will be useful to someone else’s business. That way, it’s a win-win. Otherwise, you are expecting people to pay you their hard-earned pennies to indulge your own creative whims. Apart from The Arts Council (here in the UK), no one is going to do that.
Sorry, I haven’t been able to offer gushing praise; but then again, how would that help you improve anyway?
…and remember, all this is just the opinion of someone who probably should have listened to their parents’ advice a bit more!
Notwithstanding, I hope this helps in some small way.
Now; go, dig out the big scissors.