Designing your portfolio may be the most important step. This is the oppurtunity to showcase your creativity and uniqueness as a professional. Undertanding how you want your portfolio to look before you begin will inform your choices as your proceed. Although you may be tempted to just get your artificats online, you cannot skip the steps of planning how they will look.
You may be well versed in design principles, but you will want to take sometime to review the basics. It can be all too easy to get “lazy” on your design–or get “carried away.” Keep the design clean and simple, but don’t be afraid to brand yourself with your design.