Portfolio Design Lecture

PLANNING the design of a portfolio and how to bring about professional results from the first to the last page with unity and coherence is a challenging prospect. It is significant to design professionals, no matter what form of print or electronic presentation one adopts, to have clear plans for the visual and written presentation of your work. It is perhaps one of the most important decisions one explores in preparation for employment interviews, fellowships, grants and postgraduate academic opportunities.

The latest examples of visual communications for architecture are included in a 1.5-hour slide lecture presentation and also in the workshop through abundant samples of printed and digital materials. The slide lecture includes sample portfolios gathered from leading design schools throughout North America, Mexico, Europe and Asia. A broad range of print portfolios in bound and plate formats created digitally are included along with discussion of the techniques and materials and the necessary resources for production. Examples of the organization and graphic design of digital approaches applicable to multiple formats of print, CD, DVD, PDF,
career day sheets, teaser portfolios, and the Internet are also included.

The portfolios included in the lecture represent current state-of-the-art design work from undergraduate and graduate students along with post-professional degree portfolios, thesis project books and young professional portfolios from design offices. A fascinating look at sequences of portfolios (undergraduate, graduate, and work portfolios, that have been created over a progression of years are also included. Discussion focuses on making a portfolio including the written materials, reprographics, bindings and cases, photography, typography, electronic approaches, layout design strategies, sequencing, scanning, and more. Developing an appreciation for graphic design and visual communications useful to architecture and allied design fields, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, historic preservation, and competitions, provide an understanding of contemporary visual communications for print, interactive design, and overall portfolio development.

† Image credit
Lecture at Bullseye Glass Conference, 2007
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