How It Works
Portfolio reviews are for graphic designers, art directors, and copywriters in their last or second-to-last year of a design or copywriting program, or their first few years of working. Each reviewee will have three fifteen minute sessions with a seasoned creative pro, and attend two discussion panels on topics like finding freelance, better interviewing, or what to expect from your first gig (see Eventbrite page for more details on the Discussion Panels).
When you buy your ticket, you’ll choose if you want to talk to graphic designers, art directors, or copywriters. We’ll need you to arrive right on time and check in once you get here. The schedule for the night is jam packed and you’ll have somewhere to be every minute of the evening, so being on time is really important – we don’t want you to miss anything!
It’s 2018, so most of you will probably have a digital portfolio. If you’re bringing a laptop or tablet, it’s recommended that you save a copy of your portfolio on your computer, because wifi isn’t always reliable. Make sure your devices are fully charged before you arrive – prepare for and get ahead of any tech problems that can waste precious review time. Of course, print portfolios are lovely too, especially if you have more print pieces in your book (show them print skills!).
Your reviews will go by quickly, so choose two or three projects you really want feedback on, in order to make the most of your time. When you sit down with your reviewer, give them a quick overview of your work and then sit back, let them speak, and take notes. You’re hear to learn and listen, so give them as much time as possible to share their wisdom with you.
We’ve been lucky to have many talented reviewers from some great companies join us over the years. The reviewer list changes each year, and we’re excited to meet more people from around the Toronto creative industry. Have a look at where our reviewers have come from in the past.