Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Spotlight on a Good Example of an On-Line Portfolio


To get lost in a few interesting games as well as learn a few tips and techniques of graphics programming, visit F. Permadi's site

While I was looking for information on how to do something in Flash MX 2004 about a year ago, I stumbled on a web site from F. Permadi. This site contains some really good examples of "graphics programming with a computer science twist", as well as well-explained tutorials on Flash and HTML/CSS.

What I found interesting about the site was it was a good example of an on-line career portfolio. I would like to focus on why this site is a good example of a career portfolio.

  • He Explains Exactly What He Does in the "About" Section

    One of the things that experienced entrepreneurs teach entrepreneurs-to-be and salespeople is the "elevator pitch". It means "tell me enough information about yourself from the time we enter the elevator to the time I get off on my floor". His "About" section is a good example of the "elevator pitch": he tells the reader a little bit about himself, he tells the reader his skill set, he tells the reader about his education, and he gives a way to contact him.

  • He Publishes Examples of His Work, Including the Source Code and Tutorials

    Just like artists put examples of their work in their portfolios, he has published examples of his own work on the site. Note that he has also published tutorials and source code to some of the applications to demonstrate that he really did do the work. If you're an IT professional publishing your portfolio, be sure to publish examples demonstrating that you have done the work or you know how to do the work.

  • He Publishes Information About His News and Awards

    In a career portfolio, don't be afraid to broadcast your accomplishments! In the "News and Awards" section, he noted the recognition that he received in various publications for his work. If you have a blog, and it was chosen to be a "Blog of Note", publish that news. If you have won awards for your work, mention them.

  • The Site is Professional

    I cannot emphasize the importance of a professional looking site. It demonstrates to the reader that the person is serious about his or her profession. If you are going to develop an on-line portfolio, look into taking the time to make the site somewhat appealing. If you are not a creative dynamo, or if you are not a web developer, recruit a friend to help you. Another alternative is to use a pre-fabricated site like Blogger as your front-end user interface, and have links to your projects hosted on a web or file server.

If you're a graphics programmer looking for tips and techniques, visit his site. If you're a student looking for good examples of career portfolios, visit his site.

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