Portfolio Book

Before I was a graphic design student, I had never seen a Portfolio Book or attended a Portfolio Show. I spent a lot of time researching portfolio book layouts, magazine layouts and coffee table book layouts to figure out what I wanted to do for my own book. Here’s a preview:

The Book

I bought a 17″ wide x 11″ high Machina aluminum book from Pina Zangaro. When open, the book is over 35″ wide – quite a statement!

Aluminum Book

I had to attach adhesive hinge strips to each page, and put them onto the screw post binding.

Screw Posts and Adhesive Hinge Strips

The Paper

I experimented with several different types of paper from Neenah, French Paper Company, Cougar and Epson. My favorite was Photo Matte paper from Moab, which really made my projects pop off the page. The color was so vibrant and velvety that people kept rubbing their fingertips over the prints.

Moab Photo Matte Paper

The Layout

I put my self-branding on the cover page,

Cover Page

and carried it throughout each page in the book. I did double-page spreads with captions in spot colors from the featured project.

Maps Spread 1

Maps Spread 2

The Projects

For class, we were required to have 9-12 projects. I chose to feature 11 projects in my book for our Portfolio show. In reality, 7 projects are recommended to keep someone’s attention. When applying for graphic design jobs, ads usually ask for 3-4 samples of  work. I’ll just show you a few of my favorite projects here.

Far Out Adventures Spread 1

Far Out Adventures Spread 2

Barista Retreat Spread 1

Barista Retreat Spread 2

Butterfly Spread 1

Butterfly Spread 2

If you’re interested in seeing more of my design projects, you can go to my portfolio website.

It was a lot of work, not just tweaking and finishing the projects that went into the book, but assembling the actual book. I was worried I might grow tired of looking at my projects, after spending so much time on them the past few months. But I still like to look through it, imagining more fun, creative projects like this that I hope to do in the days, months and years to come.

Stay tuned… tomorrow I’ll show you close-ups of the giveaways and swag I had on my portfolio table. Thanks for stopping by.



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