GDES-420 spring 2022 / Prof. David Ramos, American University Design

Example portfolios

Advice and perspective

Portfolios by individuals

Type I

Graphic designers, interaction designers, unicorn designer-developers,
illustrators, typographers, and cartographers

Type II

Photographers, artists, architects, and industrial designers

Type III

Writers and journalists

Type IV

Developers and allied practitioners

A note for friends and colleagues: I know many talented designers, and most of their portfolios don’t appear here. I value your work, but lists can only be so long.


Design firms, ad/digital agencies, and architecture studios. Know that what gets a design firm hired by a client is not quite the same as what gets an individual designer hired by a firm.

National and international

DC region