Portfolio Review 3 Is A Hit

Exactly one hour after the first day of Collide Creative Technology Conference wrapped up, video game theme music could be heard echoing from the main stage. Setting the theme of ‘leveling up your portfolio’, the music by Nerd Army welcomed attendees to the start of the third E3C + Behance Portfolio Review.

10 industries professionals in design, illustration, web, and marketing each sat at their own small table. Their purpose: to review the portfolios and selected works of students and recent grads. Some reviewees came with laptops, or custom made portfolio holders containing case studies. Still others had but a few pieces of work, eager to get tips on current assignments and answers to their burning career questions. The point of the night was not to come with polished portfolios, but to pick the brains of mentors, business owners and peers. Forget about counting Instagram likes and writing boring cover letters – it was time to connect with others and get real, meaningful feedback.

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After an introduction of the reviewers and E3C, the floor opened up to a charged atmosphere as attendees moved around the reviewers’ tables, getting as much insight as possible. Across the room, larger tables were set up where peer review also happened. No moment was left idle; there was a wealth of people eager to help each other out.

Frank Orlando (left) and Jeff White (right) review work
Frank Orlando (left) and Jeff White (right) review work

Many reviewers, such as Megan Fildes (Invisible Publishing), Alison Knott (Eraserheader) and Riley Sarah (Make Me Sound Awesome) were cross disciplinary. Melinda Stanley and Josh Rodgers (Mushface Comics) were on hand to help concept artists and illustration queries. More senior positions were represented by Brennan MacDonald (REDspace), Frank Orlando (Orlando Media), and Jeff White (Kula Partners). Jason Turner (The Spark Zone) and Charlene Boyce (SMU Sobey School of Business) rounded out the group by offering unique business insight.

After the review session, some Collide conference goers joined the group to take in the panel. Moderated by Jason Turner, it covered insight into what it takes to land an entry level position. Panelists representing the employer side of things were Frank Orlando, Jeff White and Wes Gould (REDspace).  Jess Doiron, a recent graduate and designer at Kula Partners, rounded out the representation. Through a relaxed, and often hilarious conversation with the panelists, topics covered included:

  • How should students sell themselves when looking for their first career position?
  • How can students beef up their profile while still in school?
  • What can grads do in their first year to stand out for the right reasons?
(left) Jess Doiron answers a question at the panel. (right) Liz Mac presents the One Year Creative Cloud Subscription.
(left) Jess Doiron answers a question at the panel. (right) Liz Mac presents the One Year Creative Cloud Subscription.

After the panel, the grand prize of a one year Adobe Creative Cloud subscription was awarded to one super happy winner. Then the floor opened up for an afterparty where everyone came together to unwind. Business cards, hugs and thank yous were exchanged. Indeed, attendees left feeling rejuvenated, armed with more knowledge on how to take their work (and themselves as creative professionals) to the next level.

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E3C would like to thank Jacquline Poole from Collide for the partnership, Behance Network for guidance and support, and Anica James for photographing the night. Panel and prize photos by Alison Knott.

Alison

Proud horror film geek and lover of every flavour of chips, Alison is a designer and illustrator working in Halifax. As head of the E3C steering committee, Alison is all about gathering creatives together and pushing people to do the most with their creative talent.

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