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5 Ways to Improve Your Design Portfolio Today

Lessons learned from screening hundreds of candidates for top tech companiesIllustrations by Taylor Krut for this article

I just got home from a speed-dating-style design mentorship event, and I’m equal parts exhausted and energized. I’m exhausted because I’m an introvert, and talking to strangers for two hours is physically and emotionally depleting. I’m energized because talking with students and early-career designers reminds me why I got into this field.

One thing stuck out to me at this event, and it validated what I’ve been seeing for years: Portfolios often focus on the wrong things and are too damn long.

Here is the advice I gave to

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