Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?

I’ve been freelancer for many years as a graphic designer and web developer. In the last few days I’ve found myself filling a huge portfolio for a creative company – videos, websites, branding and even smart designed contents are the four elements to a flat, nicely designed and motivational portfolio.

While I was filling their portfolio, I asked my client if they wanted ALL of their works included in the portfolio. He said that every company needs to show all of their works, even a small red circle on a giant yellow paper.

Two details:

  1. Even the possibility of user selected which type of element they want to see, the portfolio was very huge: +40 products per type
  2. Had some TINY projects with ~0 hits (eg: flyer for Fair Sausages)


Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?

My answer is NO. A portfolio is a collection of your best work. Not EVERYTHING you’ve done since kindergarten.

However, I DO feel that a portfolio should be tailored for who you are showing it to just like a resume. If you are presenting to a client that wants you to do their website, then you show more website designs.

Show them your best work for what they want you to do for them, and you can sprinkle in some of your other items as garnish.

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