Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 293 Portfolio Seminar
Blogging Assignment: Award-Winning Portfolio Websites

Instructor: Paul Young


To be inspired by award-winning graphic design. To become familiar with portfolio websites and self-promotion strategies. To utilize library resources for research and inspiration. To use blogs as a reflection tool.


Using the curated resources in the Parkland Library as a starting point, research award-winning designers, photographers, illustrators, design firms, ad agencies and collect examples of their portfolio websites. Record the original print source where you found the resource (required).

Extra credit: Once you have met the minimum requirement of blogging about one non-Internet source per week, feel free to share Internet resources that you have found for extra credit.

  1. Start a new blog specifically for this assignment. Title your blog appropriately for the assigned topic. Choose a clean template that will show off your content. Post only blog entries that relate to the topic for this semester.
  2. Visit Parkland Library's reserve section, periodicals and/or stacks every week (see resources). Find the names of award-winning designers, photographers, illustrators, design firms or ad agencies who might have a quality portfolio website.
  3. Browse their website on the Internet and make screenshots of key pages to post on your blog.
  4. In your blog entry, write a brief review of the website and provide a web link (feel free to comment on design, content, navigation, innovation, creativity). You must also cite the print source where you found the initial link.
  5. Present your blog for team critique and feedback every week by posting your blog's web address as part of each week's Cobra homework assignment (starting with Homework #2). Revise your blog as needed for grading at midterm and at the end of the semester.
  6. Review the post(s) of the team members in your assigned group. Post a response when you reply to their homework assignment in Cobra. Encourage each other to seek out high quality designs for each post.

Important: This is a graded assignment. Spelling, grammar, clarity of thought and adherence to assignment specifications will count towards your grade.


Your weekly blog posts are due every Thursday at 11:30pm (starting with Homework #2). Your blog will be graded twice this semester: once at midterm and once at final review.

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