Building a design portfolio - November 2021

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Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or someone new to service design, a question that you will expect to hear at some point in time will be "Can we see your portfolio?".

In this course, you will learn about what a good portfolio looks like and understand why it is good. You will work through a framework to design a portfolio that reflects not only the work you have done (in the past) but you as a person and where you want to be in the future.

You'll hear from other seasoned professionals and talent managers in this course.

Free extra: technology play-date (Zoom + Miro)

In this course, we will use the online tools Zoom and Miro extensively. To make sure you feel comfortable with these tools, we invite you to a free 20 minute online play-date in our dedicated online sandbox. Come play with us 20 minutes before the start of the course.


English plus Live subtitles for all participants
Maximum number of participants: 20
Minimum number of participants: 8

How you learn

/ Work in small groups

/ Connect with others in an online setting

/ Completing homework (30-minute exercises)

/ Online workshop in a fun (music & humour) environment

/ Q+A at every session

What you receive

/ This is Doing Certificate of completion

/ Access to all session videos for 6-months

/ PDF slides

/ Access to MIRO boards for 6-months

/ Access to the This is Doing Private Network community for 6-months with over 1000+ International global design leaders

/ Access to the Building your Portfolio alumni group to share and gain feedback from other like minded designers


Knowing how to build a proper portfolio is a must-have skill for designers of any experience level. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves course pushing you to get your first draft out there instead of spending endless hours scrolling through quick-fix tips on the internet. Our trainer Gerry provided us with supportive guidance and all the tools we needed to meet the challenge and take the first step to present our work and values. Pure perfection, from beginning to end.

Kamila Zahradnickova, Behavioural Designer, Czech Republic

"Thank you for having me in the Building your Design Portfolio, Gerry! Since then I have used the lessons from your class to help me in my quest for my next role. The process of detailing my career values and pulling a portfolio together gave me so much more confidence in my design story and helped me to remove emotion from my decision to accept the new job. Not to mention, as the class was held remotely online, I was able to connect with the global design community which was fantastic! I would recommend this class to any junior to mid-weight designers looking to build their confidence and learn new ways to tell their story.

Mitchell Petzke, Service Designer, Melbourne Australia

"The practical tips I received from the course are helping me in my current job search. I would recommend this course for anyone starting their career in the creative field."

Service Designer, Finland

"Hello, so I thought the workshop was great. I enjoy doing some really key aspects of an in the guest speakers and obviously Gerry, and there's some really key moments, which I really enjoyed one of them was doing the timeline and kind of tracking aware of was and what really matters to me. I know we've discussed that on chatting away and but find out really really really special actually when you kind of sit back and look at where you've come from... I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. Thank you, thank you for being awesome on it."

Head of Design, UK

What you will learn

/ Understand what a good portfolio looks like

/ Using a framework for deciding what pieces to add

/ Presenting yourself (and your past) in the right light

/ Options for making your work accessible online (password protection)

/ Various perspectives from talent and hiring managers (Q+A session)

/ Future planning on where you want to get to (attracting the work you need)

/ Evaluating your skill and on-going employment opportunities

ACCESS to the Building your Design Portfolio Alumni Group (Quarterly open-space sessions, Portfolio Reviews etc)

Trainers/hosts to be announced.
Pay by invoice
November 30, 2021
Dates and Times

3 x 90-minute classes with Gerry Scullion

/ CLASS 1: Tuesday 30 November 2021
14:00 to 15:30 (CET Paris, Berlin) / 13:00 to 14:30 (UTC Dublin, London)

/ CLASS 2: Tuesday 7 December 2021
14:00 to 15:30 (CET Paris, Berlin) / 13:00 to 14:30 (UTC Dublin, London)

/ CLASS 3: Tuesday 14 December 2021
14:00 to 15:30 (CET Paris, Berlin) / 13:00 to 14:30 (UTC Dublin, London)

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