If you're looking for ways to show your back-end knowledge in your portfolio then you'll be especially interested in the takeaways below from Pierre's portfolio.
Pierre Nel is a Web Developer from London with a diverse set of skills ranging from design to front-end, back-end, and devops. Pierre has spent time working for some of London's finest digital agencies, and also takes on freelance work.
Isaac Paavola is a Digital Designer and Front-end Developer currently working as the Creative Director of a small design agency in New York City.
Isaac's story is amazing. He dropped out of high school at 17 to take on client design work instead of sitting in class. Today, at 21 years old, taught entirely by work experience and personal projects, he has one of the most impressive portfolios I've ever seen.
Two questions come up over and over again when talking with you guys about building a portfolio and applying for web developer jobs:
- “What should I build for practice and to gain experience?”
- “What projects should I build to show to employers?”
“I don’t feel like I have enough experience to get hired. What should I attempt to build as practice, and to put in my portfolio?” ~ Everyone
Here are seven of my favorite ideas for projects that you could build to include in your portfolio.
This weekend my side project Jekyll Now hit 1,000 forks :tada: on GitHub. It’s being used by many to create blogs using GitHub Pages and Jekyll.
Starting an open source project is a great way to build your web developer portfolio while creating something for everyone’s benefit.
During the last few months of building Jekyll Now, I’ve learned that making something to fit my own needs was easy, but making an open source project that other hackers will benefit from, use, and contribute to is a lot tougher.
Jonny MacEachern is web developer from Nova Scotia. He graduated college in Spring and is currently looking for a job that allows him to travel and work remotely. One of the biggest strengths of Jonny's portfolio is it's simplicity. It's one page of hand-coded HTML/CSS without using any CMS or frameworks, and puts a strong focus on his work.
As a web developer, your portfolio is an essential piece of your job application. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate a curated selection of your best pieces of work—or maybe your only work if you’re new! If done right, your portfolio will give you a huge advantage amongst a sea of applicants.
In these portfolio studies, you’re going to find out how the pros do it. I’m hand-picking the best web developer and web designer portfolios on the internet and breaking them down piece by piece, giving you ideas and inspiration for your portfolio site.
Your resume and cover letter are not what’s going to get you an interview.
Employers judge your initial application based on your the quality of your portfolio and online footprint.
Jekyll is a static site generator that’s perfect for GitHub hosted blogs. (it powers this blog!)
Jekyll Now makes it easier to create a Jekyll blog, by eliminating a lot of the up front setup.
Bashstrap is a quick way to spruce up OSX terminal. It cuts out the fluff, adds in timesaving features, and provides a solid foundation for customizing your terminal style.
Here are my non-comprehensive notes from Day 1 of Lean UX NYC conference. The notes are on things that I want to remember, but could be useful to others.
I’ve read every Product Management thread on Quora. Here are my favorites…
There are a few options available when creating a mobile browser experience for your website. I recently explored each of them while deciding which build to go for with a clients’ website.
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