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Crafting the Perfect “About” Page (Portfolio Site Pro-Tips Series)

Crafting the Perfect “About” Page (Portfolio Site Pro-Tips Series)

Since a graphic designer’s most valuable showcase of their work is the portfolio website, we thought it would be a great idea to do a series on how you can make the most of yours. In this, the first installment of the series, Wes, Mikelle and writing expert Kristen Fischer talk about what you can do to take your “about” page to the next level, so that your potential clients or employers can see you for the creative genius you really are. We go over what you should definitely include, what you should leave out, how to make your personality jump off the page, and how to entice visitors to take the next step once they have finished reading it.

 

In our listener question segment, we talk about how to best represent yourself on LinkedIn, and we hear from one listener who finds himself in a really, really bad work situation.

 

Please share your “about” page in the comments below. We would love to see what you’ve got!

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Michael Hamilton

December 29, 2012

I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. I was curious if you could d a show, or have done a program about branding yourself? I will be graduating soon, and 2013 will be the year that I will set out to try and brand myself and get my name out there in my community. Love you guys, and blessings to you all!

Michael

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    Wes McDowell

    December 30, 2012

    Hey Michael, yes, in fact we are planning just such an episode! We will finish up the portfolio site pro-tips series, then we will probably do that one after. So stay tuned!

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Dave Thackeray

January 2, 2013

Hi!

I’m The Podcast Guy and ambassador to the European Podcast Award, so you could say I know a little about this stuff.

And one thing that would have made this show HUGE for me is a transcript. I haven’t got time to set my ears on the hunt for those pearls of wisdom, so I’ll miss out.

Continued success to you, and a magical 2013!

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    Wes McDowell

    January 14, 2013

    Thanks Dave, maybe we will get on transcripts soon, but for now, people will just have to download us and listen!

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Debbie Rivero

January 2, 2013

Another great episode! I’d love your review of my about page:

http://debbierivero.carbonmade.com/about
http://www.linkedin.com/in/debbierivero

Many thanks, Deb

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    Wes McDowell

    January 14, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your page, Debbie! It looks good, you have all the information there. I would just say that you should add a little personal touch to it so it makes more of an impact. Maybe a personal story about why you got into design in the first place, something like that. As we talked about in the podcast, personal connections are just as important as the facts.

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Don Ricardo JR

January 18, 2013

Great show!! Thanks for all you do. I’m a little late, guys, but here’s my behance.net profile’s ‘about’ page. Any insights would be great. Also, if you need a helping hand in in some web development, I’m free this weekend…. XD

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Allie W

January 22, 2013

This was a really inspiring episode, the whole time I was looking at my about page and how I would change it based off of your suggestions. I’ll definitely be uploading a picture, but I’d love to hear what you think of my about page so far:

http://www.designerroo.com/team/

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ryan siu

February 11, 2013

Hey Guys,

I just listened to this episode and took some great ideas from it for use in refining my website and LinkedIn page for use in finding a new job.

My current about page is essentially a face page, landing and intro page. There is a link to download my resume.

I would love some feedback on it and would also like to recommend a show idea…. I would love to hear an interview with a top designer who is in house with a major ad agency. Would love to hear their education, hiring process, agency life and deadlines to be reached.

Keep up the great work guys!!

ryan

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Dave Williams

February 21, 2013

Hey gang,

Great podcast! Just catching up on a few that I missed and heard that you’re hoping for people to post their about pages. Welp, feel free to have a look!

http://www.davewilliams.me

Simple and friendly. Looking forward to your thoughts!

Thanks!
Dave

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Sally Ridge

July 11, 2013

Hi Guys,
Faithful listener and re-listener of the show. I’m working full time as a designer and using your show for points on how to launch my illustration business. I have just finished building my page and would love some feedback on my about page if you could spare a minute or so.
Thanks again – Love the podcast!
-Sally Ridge
http://www.sallyridge.net/about.html

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    Wes McDowell

    July 16, 2013

    Hey Sally, love it! Its infused with personality which is great. It is a little on the risqué side, but as long as that works with your target customer base and your branding, then its fine. If you hope to work with more corporate clients however, it might put them off a bit. But it is very well written, and glad to see you included your photo!

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Sara

July 16, 2013

I am an avid listener and I just want to say that the listener question about the designer working for peanuts really struck a nerve with me. I find that the public library will sometimes offer free legal help to people (at least mine does occasionally), or at least know people you could get in touch with for little money. I hope this guy is doing better since this was a ways back.

Love the show! Keep up the good work!!

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