July 10, 2009

The Portfolio Rule

I have a simple rule when it comes to deciding if a design is finished: would I put it in my portfolio?

I used to be pretty good at convincing myself my latest work was "good enough"- deadlines, boredom and difficulty definitely encourage such rationalization. I used to ignore that voice in the back of my mind that said it just wasn't there yet. Since I started trusting my gut instinct, I've found myself asking "what was I thinking?" a lot less often.

Everyone will tell you "bad isn't the enemy of good, perfection is"- and that's definitely true. But all to often, it's used as a cop-out. An excuse to release something that's not quite up to par.

So, next time you're wondering if you're done- is it good enough to land you your next gig? Are proud enough to put it in your portfolio? And, of course- remember to be honest.

About Gregory Koberger

I'm a freelance developer and designer, formerly of Mozilla. I talk a lot about web development, technology and user experience — sometimes on my blog but mostly on Twitter.

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