In today’s job market, creating a compelling online design portfolio is essential. And while many designers have great work, putting that work into a relatable context can often make for a more memorable impact and a more polished presentation. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate stock images in your portfolio to make it really stand out.
1. Be Responsive
A great webpage design looks even better displayed on actual devices. Showcase those breakpoints you agonized over by showcasing your site designs on images of laptops, tablets, and phones.
2. Give It Texture
By adding an environmental texture to your work, you can flatteringly contrast your color scheme and ground your presentation.
3. Get Real
Even if your design work wasn’t commercially printed, you can showcase it in its intended environment using stock assets, like a blank magazine or subway ad.
4. Get Personal
Part of being memorable is showing personality. Revealing some of your personal interests — via a massive vinyl collection featuring a record you designed, for example — can help you stand out from the sea of other portfolios.
5. Wear It on Your Sleeve
Have a cool t-shirt design, but don’t have a screen-printing press? Stock images can help bring that creativity to life.
All of these illustrations show how to make a great design portfolio by adding context to your design work and stand out online. For more inspiration, check out our lightbox of images handpicked to help bring your designs to life.
– Illustrations composited by Jordan Black using Shutterstock assets
Top image: Template for branding identity by Vitalliy
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