Posted by Carl on March 11, 2004 at 11:49:02:
In Reply to: Portfolios posted by Chris on March 09, 2004 at 12:26:08:
Having recently gone through the tortured process of portfolios myself, I completely understand your frustration. It seems impossible to cull down months of work into a few pages, and feel like you've really conveyed your abilities.
My advice is pretty basic. Focus on who is going to be using your portfolio, and what you want them to get out of it. Mine was for applications to grad school, with my focus being on "process" throughout design. I organized my work by project chronologically, and made sure that all the information supported my thought process to explain the design. That meant a lot of study models and sketches of projects got left out for the sake of including the very best examples that supported the idea I was trying to convey.
I agree with using 8 1/2" x 11" simply because it will be the most convenient size for you to use and distribute. You can get really nice paper fairly inexpensively, and print at home. You can easily mail it, or take it with you to meetings or interviews. You can put it online in the form of a PDF file, and have someone else in another part of the world print it off. And that's the maximum size most colleges will accept. If you go to a custom size, you'll end up spending a lot of money on printing and cutting.
And as far as examples, I would talk to the u of mn. I'm here in Minneapolis, and when I was getting ready to put mine together I spent some time studying the ones that they have on file. They have about 10 from former (and current) students that you can look through for some graphic examples of page layout and content.
Then dig in, and make sure you have a few people give you input on it. If you have a professor that you admire, see if they'll spend some time going through it with you. Makes a world of difference.
I hope that helps, and wasn't too long-winded.
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