Prepare Your Design Portfolio for the

Real World

Pre-Folio Reviews are complementary design portfolio prep sessions for students, recent grads, and budding graphic designers.

Stay tuned for the next Spring Review dates!

Join Waiting List

Pre-Folio Reviews are
designed to help you:

  • Prepare and refine your work for your design portfolio
  • Gain confidence in showcasing and speaking about your work
  • Improve your chances for job interviews, program admission, and/or obtaining client work

Get your design work reviewed in 3 easy steps

1. Sign up and submit

Choose your review date and time.

Fill out the application and submit your work. All applicants must submit at least 5 diverse pieces of design work as a collective PDF or website link.

2. Review

Attend your 30-minute scheduled session in January with our qualified reviewers. Come prepared to receive feedback, ask questions, and talk about your work more in-depth.

3. Get Deeper Insights

Three finalists with the most portfolio potential will be chosen out of the participants to receive a 90-min deep dive, joint session with our reviewers. As a finalist, you'll get more time beyond your initial review to ask specific questions about your portfolio and/or resume and talk through your goals. You’ll receive some helpful design resources and prizes from us too!


Use the feedback you received from your review to make meaningful edits and updates to your portfolio.

Ready to
Level Up Your Portfolio?

Save your spot when the next review opens up.
Coming Spring '23

Who are the Pre-Folio Reviewers?

Shannel Wheeler

Founder, Awesome Design Academy

Shannel Wheeler is a graphic designer, creative/brand strategist, instructor, author, and the founder Awesome Design Academy. She is an alum of The Ohio State University and SCAD Atlanta, studying both visual communication design and interactive design. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Shannel has a breadth of experience creating branding and design solutions for Fortune 500 clients, corporate brands, nonprofits, small businesses, tech startups, and her own entrepreneurial pursuits.

Shannel believes that learning design should be fun, engaging, and practical for today's world. She uses online content, creative products, workshops, and classes to teach and inspire learners to apply what they've learned to their personal, professional, or business goals.

Jacinda Walker

Founder, designExplorr

Dr. Jacinda N. Walker is renowned for her design, diversity, research, and strategy work. She is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social impact organization whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. As an advocate for young people, Jacinda proudly mentors several design students on portfolio presentations, professional development, and career planning. Her research on Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines has been hailed as breakthrough work. This solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Dr. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design initiatives within education institutions, corporations, organizations, and museums.