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Portfolio Talk

Discussion in 'Art & Design' started by slum_one, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. slum_one

    slum_one Junior Member

    Joined: May 27, 2003 Messages: 172 Likes Received: 0
    I am just about to create a Graphic Design Portfolio
    So I need help!

    Post anything regarding Graphic Design Portfolio's
    eg. Tips, Formats, Websites, How to's

    Thanks guys!
  2. BoB Hope ONER

    BoB Hope ONER Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2000 Messages: 3,162 Likes Received: 0

    POIESIS Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2004 Messages: 879 Likes Received: 0
    ..and make sure your people skills are waaaay up to snuff, otherwise
    the greatest portfolio in the world won't get you the job if you're a complete dud.
    also make sure you get a nice portfolio case, not some bullshittish cheap thing..
    personally i try to make the whole thing work together...meaning the portfolio
    and the contents i've put inside it are complimentary...remember, this thing is
    a communication piece. keep it simple. less is more. and proof the shit out of everything. good luck.

    POIESIS Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2004 Messages: 879 Likes Received: 0
    huh? bob, why'd you edit that?
    i thought that was fairly decent advice......
  5. show 10 strong pieces,
    not 20 mediocre ones.
    don't forget a copy of a resumé, business card, whatever, to leave behind. or a comp card or SOMETHING! (as long as it's not shite). good luck.
  6. dead

    dead Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 29, 2005 Messages: 175 Likes Received: 1
    some good advice from POIESIS. You have to complete your self-promo package. A personal website containing your printed pieces is good to have too. Burn your pieces and website to as many cds as possible. Create a business card, resume, cd insert, cd cover, and anything else you want. (not in that order). Devise some convenient packaging for all of these pieces and put together about 30-40 of these self promotions. That way; you have something clean, professional, and accessible to give to potential employers.
    just a side note: before you do any of this, Troubleshoot the fuck out of everything. Make sure it is absolutely perfect before you go through all that work.
  7. nickel man

    nickel man New Jack

    Joined: May 24, 2004 Messages: 48 Likes Received: 0
    All good advice so far. But I'll add.....

    Show Process!!!

    I don't think enough people do this. Employers will hire you for your mind and how it works. I layed out a book filled with scans of thumbnails, messy scribbled on paper, napkins, whatever. It usually ends up being a great conversation piece and allows me a chance to better explain my ideas and thinking. Show them all the critical creative steps in the beginning of the process. Conceptual ability is what can set you apart from the other 300 people applying for the job.

    Also I'd say show your work on boards. I know that a lot of people like to show their portfolio in book form these days, but this isn't practical when you're interviewing with 5 people at once. They need something to pass around. Books are great for freelance though!
  8. Manifesto

    Manifesto Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 1, 2003 Messages: 227 Likes Received: 0
    make a website.

    since most job apps are happening through email,
    having a website ready with all your work will compell the employer to look at your shit
    right away, instead of taking the time to write to you back,
    then set up an appointment etc....

    especially if youre not the best writer, when talking about yourself.

    make the website short and sweet.
    10-15 best works,
    ive been told to focus my portfolio towards the field of interest youre most passionate about..

    example.. if you want to work in publishing,
    have your portfolio filled with print design work,
    or if youre into ad, have mostly ad stuff.

    in order not to confuse the employer of your objective.
    i kind of did that, but added a few different pieces just to show a taste of what else i was into.

    the place i work for now, said one of the reasons why i got the job, is because i had a
    website ready, while many other applicants didn't...
    making less hassle for the employer, and making it easy for them to choose who
    to look further into for the position.
  9. dosoner

    dosoner Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 8, 2000 Messages: 3,735 Likes Received: 26
    good god am i glad i only have a photo portfolio.

    all this people skills shit scares me.

    i dont know shit about design anyways
  10. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    craftmanship, craftmaship, craftmanship.
  11. KephaOneLove

    KephaOneLove Guest

    bring some coke,,everybody does coke.....slip it to them...trust me itll work!!
  12. What If...

    What If... New Jack

    Joined: Dec 5, 2005 Messages: 17 Likes Received: 0
    would all these things go for trying to get into a art college as well as getting a job?
  13. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2