As a designer, I know the importance of having a strong portfolio that showcases my skills and experiences. Over the years, I have tried different approaches to present my work, but I have found that case studies are the most effective way to communicate the value of my designs.
To make my case studies stand out, I have taken inspiration from the concept of digital gardens, which was brought to my attention through Tanya Basu’s article in MIT Technology Review. Digital gardens are like personal blogs where you can share your thoughts, ideas, and creations in a non-linear and interconnected way. They are a space to cultivate your little bit of the internet and engage with others in meaningful conversations.
I love the idea of creating a digital garden for my portfolio because it allows me to showcase not only the final outcome of my projects but also the process and thinking behind them. Instead of just presenting a finished product, I can take my audience on a journey and show them how I arrived at my design solutions.
To create my digital garden portfolio, I started by selecting my best project and defining the key problems I solved with my designs. Then, I organized my content into different sections which are categorized by the weeks to give the viewer an easy way to navigate my process.
I also include images, videos, and interactive elements to make my case studies more engaging and memorable. Finally, I make sure to link my case studies together and cross-reference them when relevant so that my audience can explore my portfolio in a non-linear way and discover the connections between my projects.