Looking to share your work with the world and wondering where to start? Join Cooper Hewitt along with guest designers Melissa Gutierrez and Juddelis Villar as we dive into the world of design portfolios. Expect real-world tips and tricks for creating portfolios that stand out at every level — from applying to schools to landing a job.  

While this interactive session will be focused primarily on graphic design portfolios, there will be opportunities to speak broadly about sharing design work.  Recommended for ages 16+. 


  • Introductions 
  • Portfolio Case Studies: What Works?  
  • Q + A  
  • Wrap Up + Further Resources 

Guest Designers

Melissa Gutierrez is Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator. As a senior experience designer at Adobe, she works on the Learn team creating experiences that help teach people how to use apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. In addition to her role at Adobe, Gutierrez is the creator of WestofChester, an illustration project and ode to her upbringing in Miami. She earned her master’s degree in interactive media from the University of Miami, and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Parsons School of Design. Her work has appeared on Univision, the ACLU, Miami’s local NPR-station WLRN, and the online platform Mitú.   

Juddelis Villar (she/they) is a graphic designer and social media marketer based in Yonkers, NY. Villar received an associate of arts degree in digital design from CUNY Bronx Community College (Class of 2021) and graduated with a 4.00 GPA. She is currently the Senior Designer and Community Manager at the BCC Design Studio, Art Director for Dominican artist El Científico, and Brand Marketing and Design Associate at Creatively. When she has free time, she is singing too loud in her bedroom, watching (a little too much) TikTok, learning to play the ukulele, or playing Minecraft. 


This free program will feature an interactive presentation followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. It will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes live CART captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodation to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held monthly. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.