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Your welcome page should invite the viewer to read the rest of your portfolio. This can be achieved in many different ways. Below are some approaches that students have used in the past to attract the interest of their viewers:

Warm and Welcoming:  Just as you would invite a person into your home, this approach is intended to feel warm and welcoming to the viewer. Common elements include a brief overview of who you are and highlights of particular features of the portfolio that you hope they visit.

Surprise:  Some students have effectively surprised their viewers by placing unexpected content on their welcome page. For example, one student mentioned her childhood attraction to cemeteries and then tied that into her current professional interests.

Creative work:  Students have used poetry, art work, and other creative works on their front page as a way to incorporate material that didn’t have a home elsewhere and also to demonstrate an artistic side that may not be expressed elsewhere. Typically, the work of art ties directly into the students philosophy statement, goals, or examples of work.

Intrigue:  A few students have turned their welcome page into a teaser (almost like a movie trailer) where they have highlighted some of their work and intrigued their viewers into exploring their portfolios to learn more.

Don’t be afraid to use an approach that makes sense for who you are. The above samples are provided just to get you started.

Regardless of the approach you select, this page needs to engage your viewer and draw them into your portfolio. How do the parts of your portfolio fit together and represent who you are? It should include a combination of text and images that work together to interest the viewer. Typically, students find it easiest to create this page after the other components of their portfolio are complete.

You could also consider different names for this page like Home or Introduction.

Note: The suggestions on this and several subsequent pages are based on the University of Michigan's "Scaffolded Portfolio/Page Composer."