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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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best way to present my printed portfolio....

Hi, hoping for some good old advice from the experienced and knowledgeable here in ehmac.

Basically, I am preparing my print portfolio, or will be, and I'm thinking of different ways I can present it, but at the same time keep in mind the interviewers' space and mind set in looking at it, if and when I am in an interview to present it.

My only question to fellow graphic designers and to anyone who'd be in a position to perform interviews and such..

Is it important to have actual pieces/samples of work?

I ask because I am intending of laying them out in 11x17 with short descriptions (if any) and put in a book, like this OFFICE | PINA ZANGARO | PRESENTATION BOOKS or even print a separate binded book each time.

they vary in sizes from business cards to a 17x22 signs.


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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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Just remember, your presentation portfolio itself is as much a reference to your skill and creativity as your prior projects are.
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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #3
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I think it depends on the nature of the work you will be doing as to whether or not actual physical examples are necessary. If you will be doing work that is to be printed then yes I think you should have some actual examples of past work.

If you are going to be working in an environment that will be doing very little print work then I don't think it is as necessary, but you could always bring it along as"background" material if the opportunity arises to show your printed work.

So in the end I think it is a good idea to have some actual printed material with you even if you don't end up presenting it. My 2 cents.

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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #4
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One trick I found useful was to begin with several strong black and white images. Just enough to get the eye used to monochrome and use that to lead into something really over the top color wise. The impact of that color shot is greatly enhanced when the viewer is thinking in black & white.
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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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Is this presenting to potential employers, or potential clients? or both?

I used to work for an agency in Vancouver and we would only ask to see 3 or 4 pieces, preferably showcasing different mediums, as opposed to seeing 4 business card designs you did, for example.

It's really nice if you can leave behind some materials for your file, or point to somewhere online where they can be viewed. I don't think printed matter you leave behind needs to be professionally bound or anything, just a decent colour version on 8.5 x 11 that can be tucked into a file.
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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #6
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I knew a designer who built an amazing metal case for his portfolio. It was unwieldy, but damn it was impressive. But to answer your question: Is it important to have actual pieces/samples of work?

No. Some pieces just won't fit, no matter what sort of portfolio you have. But if it's something that needs to be held in order to appreciate it, then by all means. Include it. People love to open stuff up and see how you built things.

I remember one applicant who made a really creative portfolio/resume piece that opened into four quadrants... each flap had a purpose and the center had a simple resume. Beautiful paper stock choices, excellent typography, and very creative.
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thanks for the insight so far, really appreciate it.

MannyP, I was actually looking forward to your response, I guess it's a judgement call whether to include an actual work piece or not, but it's good to know it's not necessary. It's been years since I've looked for a new job, and the industry has changed.

johnnyspade, I am also putting together a leave-behind to go along with my portfolio, that'll hopefully also serve as my self promo piece for freelance work. 3 to 4 pieces eh? less than I had thought, I'll definitely be careful about which pieces to include

Guess it's best I think of a creative way to include some printed pieces where necessary.

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More of a minor consideration, but whenever I reviewed portfolios I liked to see some printed work to prove that the person's work was actually used and published. Obviously, even a faked portfolio would still require design skill, but I was always more confident to see some finished project.
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More of a minor consideration, but whenever I reviewed portfolios I liked to see some printed work to prove that the person's work was actually used and published. Obviously, even a faked portfolio would still require design skill, but I was always more confident to see some finished project.
that's a good point, I never really thought of it that way, showing that it's been published i mean. Brainstorming now how I can work it in to have some printed samples, and which ones I'd actually consider to put it.

Would it be okay if say I lay out the work on the paper, but have the printed samples separately or as part of the book, maybe in the end?
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Old Jan 28th, 2010, 02:23 PM   #10
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thanks for the insight so far, really appreciate it.

MannyP, I was actually looking forward to your response, I guess it's a judgement call whether to include an actual work piece or not, but it's good to know it's not necessary. It's been years since I've looked for a new job, and the industry has changed.
You and I are kind of in the same boat, coincidentally--I just moved back to New Brunswick recently and have been casually looking for employment after 8 1/2 years of working for the same employer.

Time sure flies.

I have a simple electronic portfolio (my physical portfolio is neglected unfortunately), but have been trying to come up with a good idea for some sort of campaign (I guess you could call it) that tied a web site, portfolio, resume and mail-out into a cohesive package.

So far I've been fortunate enough to have a steady stream of freelance to keep me busy for the time being.
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