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2 My 2010 Portfolio

February 13, 2011 — 10:59 pm

As a young designer, I have always been curious about how other designers present themselves in their personal portfolios. Because of this, I thought I’d provide a glimpse of the portfolio I created for myself after graduating college last year.

In designing my portfolio, I decided to create a handmade slipcase with magnetic closure to house four perfect bound portfolio books. In the past, as many people do in college, I had always used a larger format book that I would walk everyone through during an interview. In this new portfolio, I wanted a more interactive element (achieved by having multiple smaller copies) where people could see my work in their own hands while exploring the portfolio book design as well.

I decided to manufacture this portfolio completely on my own, using my Epson R1900 inkjet printer and my bookbinding skills. It was a long task that required many mock ups and a lot of planning but it was a very rewarding process. Seriously, if you’re reading this and you’re a designer, take a bookbinding course – it’ll be a great experience and you’ll learn something useful.

It seems like as soon as I finished creating my portfolio, I was called upon to use it and I (somewhat luckily) didn’t have to use it many times before I was employed full-time.

2 Comments

Maggie | February 18, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

These are really lovely! It makes such a difference to have a stylish, tangible way for people to see your work, doesn’t it?

Brittany Skwierczynski | February 21, 2011 @ 8:41 am

It does seem to make such a difference – the portfolio ends up becoming a conversation piece in itself. Thanks Maggie!

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