Portfolio Research.

Following a tutorial with Theo, I was informed that we were tasked with creating a digital portfolio of all our work in which we had produced this year, to showcase our outcomes and to perhaps help us when applying for internships over the summer period. I have previous created many portfolios and digital portfolios when applying to university over the years so had some knowledge on the basics that were needed to create a basic portfolio. However it was mentioned by Theo that he wanted to see the portfolios more creative than just I ages on a white background. They needed to contain texts alongside the images with a brief description of what they are. Theo also mentioned that we should tailor our portfolios towards the path we are most interested in and wish to follow most.

To begin my portfolio I thought it was wise to research some professional pdf portfolios to see the main techniques they have used throughout theres. I struggled to find copies of pdf portfolios online as a lot of them led me to websites in which each project had been separated into different sections which unfortunately I cannot do on a pdf portfolio.


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It was easy to see that a lot of the portfolios in which I came across where very basic and simple in their design, this is something in which I have always been taught as it allows the work to talk for itself, without crowding the page and distracting from the work itself. I also noticed that contrasting colours were often used as backgrounds to make the work pop and stand out on the page, swell as this it was also clear that the work itself was put into the situation that it would be seen as, for example placing designs on wine labels on a bottle of wine.

Following this I tried to find portfolios in which were a bit more creative. The ones below intrigued me due to the colours and patterns that they use in their portfolios that are different from the previous ones in which I have come across. the first image below shows a strong and bold use of colour to really draw your attention to the spread and focus on the object in hand. the colours used and the images they are showcasing really work well together in creating something crisp yet creative.

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In the images above, as well as using colour, they also played with different angles to showcase their work in more creative was instead of just placing them symmetrically on the spread. Using the same colours but playing with different tones is something else in which I noticed here and found very effective as a spread.

I then came across an article in which gave me the top tips to think about when putting together my own portfolio:

  1. Only ever show your very best work in your portfolio and if you aren’t 100 per cent happy with the outcome then don’t feature it.

  2. begin with a really strong killer piece that will grab people’s attention, and then finish on a similarly striking talking point that will leave them wanting more.

  3. its important to leave the viewer wanting more,  remember not to overdo it in certain areas of your portfolio.

  4. Let the work speak for itself, Don’t be tempted to over-embellish your portfolio. Allow the work to do the talking by making projects easy to view in large formats.

  5. Curate for the job you want

  6. Including self-initiated work helps the employer to see where your passions lie and the kind of work that you’d choose to do if not restricted by a tight client brief.

  7. its can also be valuable to show your working and the journey you went through to realise the outcome to a given brief

  8. Finally, the key to any portfolio presentation is the ability to deliver and talk confidently about the work within it.

These points are very helpful to think about when creating my portfolio.

When starting to think about creating my own portfolio I think it will be key to keep it simple, with simple background, yet using a creative way to show case the work itself whether it be with colour or the layout of the spread. I have found it challenging to find a strong amount of examples and research for this project, however I am hoping my following tutorial with Theo will help direct me in the right direction.





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