How to document your design projects

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A design case study explains how you approached a design problem and found a solution for it. This is the most ideal and popular format used by designers when building their portfolio projects. Here’s a closer look at the order to document your projects in Behance.

Before discussing how to build your portfolio, it’s important to understand who your target audience is. As a design student, you are building a portfolio for academic grading, internships, or job applications. Therefore, it’s crucial to showcase not only your design skills but also your knowledge of design.

Content Flow of a Design Portfolio Project

  1. Include a good cover image – a beautiful image of your project can attract readers. This can be a mockup of your final design or a photograph that conveys the project’s essence.

  2. Introduce viewers to the brief – explain the problem in simple words. What is the challenge, what is the end goal, and what is the nature of your approach towards this problem?

  3. Use a design tool to create your documentation. You can later slice them up and upload them to Behance. This will make your project look aesthetically better.

  4. Mention your ideation – include some sketches and drafts from your pre-design phase and caption them properly.

  5. Showcase your solution – use mock-ups and describe the visual elements used in the final design.

  6. Write a conclusion – reflect on the project, mention how much you learned, the challenges you faced, and how you resolved them.

  7. Give a proper title to your project and use a custom cover image for the thumbnail.

Things to remember

  1. Always check from the reader’s perspective. Will they understand your project?

  2. Ensure that it is aesthetically pleasing. Even if your design is good, a messy presentation will leave a bad impression.

  3. Avoid spelling and grammatical errors in your documentation. Use a tool like Grammarly to get help.