University of Cincinnati’s College of design speak a truth about portfolios, they really are a bitch to make. For all you design student seeking a placement this next academic year, the UCID Class of 2012 have tried to calm portfolio anxieties by creating a brilliantly executed handbook.
This incredibly helpful document provides tips that not only help you compile a portfolio, but teaches a methodology that will help you create a document worthy of your work and talent. It covers:
1. How to start. It is important to document all of the work you do properly. This puts you in a commanding position, and benefits you in the long run. But it is no use if the only pictures you have were taken on your camera phone at 2am. The guide therefore offers general advice on how to keep in good habits and organise yourself properly.
2. Technical Information. Shows you the best practices for creating your document with a sprinkling of graphical theory.
3. Personality and story telling. It can sometimes be more about the person that comes across in the portfolio than the end products you present. The guide offers some friendly advice on how to accomplish this.
4. Advice. Never underestimate the wisdom of your colleagues and tutors; they are the most indispensable source of information, where do you think they got all the information for this handbook?
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