Thank you Patrick King for stopping by to offer your experience and expertise to the class. It was good having a second set of eyes looking at their portfolios and another voice of experience to explain to the class the print cycle process, costs, and other ways to go about the print process. With Patrick’s assistance and Erin’s direction the class was smacked in the face with the print portfolio portion of the semester. As bad as that sounds and as much talking as was done the actual process is pretty straightforward, once the basics are explained:
- What size and orientation would you like your print portfolio to be: Here are some physical examples and here is a place to find templates to work with.
- What samples are you including: Here is the number of samples expected and here is a list o skills expected to be demonstrated by those samples. Personality is encouraged.
- What colors and font (s) are you going to use: Here are some places to use fonts. We will discuss the reasoning behind color and font choices next class.
After that the devil is in the details. Which means that instead of one-and-done, they will have to make copy after copy until they no longer want to work on their portfolio. This is called, exhaustion or even better, “This is as perfect as I can get it and I am happy with every aspect of my print portfolio.” That is a portfolio that the student will be able to defend from any question or attack. That is a portfolio that they will hand to perspective employers.
Right now, is the big eyes phase. Talking about what needs to be done sounds bigger than the actual work. Before the proliferation of templates and computers it would have been a big job. Thankfully, sites like Lulu offer free templates that anyone can download. From there a matter of dropping in samples, playing around with layout and design, print and see what magic you have created. Nobody creates magic the first few tries, but that is expected and part of the process.
For the more technologically oriented, they can uses InDesign or whatever latest software is out there to create the portfolio of their dreams. I get that urge. However, I do not teach or know those programs well enough to be anything more than a hindrance. Plus, and I believe this, Word along with a template is more than enough (with the right knowledge) to create a great portfolio.
Finally, I have permission from the students to share with you their portfolio sites. They are seeking feedback. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to visit a site or two. Please do not leave feedback on their site, instead please leave your feedback as a comment on this post. I will share the feedback with the students and let you know how the process unfolds. They have a few more weeks to finish their online portfolios and they can use all of the feedback and suggestions that they can get.
Thank you in advance for any feedback you provide.