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Stand Out: Design a personal brand. Build a killer portfolio. Find a great design job. by Denise Anderson

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12. Case Studies: Student Portfolios

Exploring student portfolios that stand out.

Not all students enter college with an interest in or intention to design for a living, but some do, and others get inspired along the way. I do not come from a family of graphic designers, nor was design my first course of study as an undergraduate. (I started with physical education, dabbled with genetics, and settled into fine arts before discovering my passion for graphic design.) Looking back, I can identify two milestones that should have made it obvious to me that design was my calling, long before it did.

When I was growing up, I would walk around my family home repositioning the bowls on the china cabinet and the photo frames on the mantle and hiding anything ...

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