As I walk around in studio I see everyone working diligently on creating flashy websites to market themselves for internships. How do you as an employer or anyone outside academia, view a website compared to a hard copy? Do you find it as a convenience? From my perspective, I feel a little old-fashioned by sending hard copies in the mail. Personally I don't like emailing PDF portfolios because of the file size/quality constraints. I decided to jump on the "bandwagon" recently myself: www.nickmitchell.carbonmade.com. What's your perspective?
(website critiques are welcomed and appreciated)
Many of my advice has been covered by several people in here! Let me emphasis on why you are going to school...are you trying to be a Landscape Architect or Graphic/Website designer? Show me a Registered Landscape Architect who also knows advanced HTML coding and all the other technical skills website designers posses. I'm not referring to simple website design with ready made templates like Land8 Lounge or Facebook. I see too many students now putting so much effort on tools and software they will rarely use in the architecture office. It's great to be able to create a website of work samples, but don't go overboard with it. Place more value on the print or pdf way of communication. In addition to graphic materials, include some writing samples too. By the way, whatever happened to hand-drawn skills?
Creating a website 12 years ago while in school put me above a group of final candidates for a year long internship at a large LA firm, but as the hiring Principle told me: "it was your hard copy portfolio impressed us most". And let me tell you, that was the last time I ever setup my own website. When you start working for a company, they ask you to perform landscape architect work using Autocad, Photoshop and Office. I don't know of any firms that will ask you to do billable work using Flash and Dreamweaver while hired as an LA! Maybe there is such a firm and perhaps, the name is Disney? In other words, its a fantasy.
So many portfolio layouts I see seem so unnecessarily confusing.
When I see a portfolio/project layout that is difficult to understand I question whether the designer had a clear direction and understanding of what they were doing as well. It also seems that 99% of the portfolios I look at it my spare time are loaded with digital graphics, but very little in the way of hand graphics or process sketches. I see a lot of data collection, but not a lot of critical, subjective thinking.
Websites, in my opinion, are a great way to pass along your info to a potential employer quickly on the go, but I agree that it is typically the print portfolio that will get you the job. More time should be put into the design projects rather than the presentation.
keep things simple and available to potential employers. send an employer a direct link to download a pdf of your work in school and experience in real world construction documents. truthfully, an employer looking for an entry level intern doesnt care too much about the pretty pictures and renderings. show those skills; but stress and showcase your ability and experience to being productive in construction documents - CAD.
dont make them sift through rederings and school projects to find evidence/support of your real life working experience.
The headhunter group, "Architectural-Elite", which operates in Asia, discriminates and will not represent anyone over 50.
This is due to the money. Fresh out of school they take, even managerial position are available, but seasoned professionals who know the game, forgetaboutit!
What part don't you understand?
I just wondered why you picked this thread to talk about it. Seemed a little out of place if you will, that's all.
I do appreciate you pointing out that issue. Someone close to me (in a un-related industry) was turned down from numerous headhunting organizations because their age and experience.
This guys is pretty cool.
Ya I have seen this before and it always inspired me. He went to my school but graduated when I started. He has a new website: http://www.timhoneck.com/