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.