O'Reilly logo

Building Design Portfolios by Sara Eisenman

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

94
Because Web-based portfolios are so convenient,
print versions are becoming less common
among design professionals and design studios.
Still, I was able to find a number of professionals
who had assembled print portfolios. Sometimes,
a professional designer needs to present a port-
folio when applying for a grant or award, such as
the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design
Award. Or a studio will keep a printed portfolio
on hand in the event that a potential client
requests it. Other designers, such as Kobi
Benezri and Melle Hammer, create systems for
quick-to-assemble and inexpensive giveaway
portfolios. These efficient presentations are easy
to update and can be sent two and three at a time
if necessary.
Professional
Print Portfolios
/ Building Design Portfolios
Job no:70268 Title : RP- Building Design Portfolios Client : Pro-Vision
Scn :
#
175 Size : 171.45(w)254(h)mm Co : M1 C0 O/P: CTP
Dept : DTP D/O : 26.01.06 (Job no:000000 D/O : 00.00.01 Co: CM0)
p94
BlackText
Job no:7
Scn :
#
1
Dept : D
Skolos-Wedell have an exceptional portfolio that’s
unique and well conceived. At first glance, it appears
simple and classical: a handmade, cloth-covered
case carefully designed to fit in a Federal Express
box. Because it is covered with a textured gray fabric,
the case can withstand slight scuffing, subtle finger-
prints, and dings without immediately looking shabby.
The firm pastes its business card onto a simple inset
on the outside of the case—it’s the only identifying
feature and makes an elegant presentation. Tom
Wedell prefers a classical case because it doesn’t
compete with the complex and extravagant work
inside. In his opinion, “a fussy high-tech metallic
presentation box would be overkill.”
Portfolios_086_113_M1 25/1/06 09:40 AM Page 94
Job no:70268 Title : RP- Building Design Portfolios Client : Pro-Vision
Scn :
#
175 Size : 171.45(w)254(h)mm Co : M1 C0 O/P: CTP
Dept : DTP D/O : 26.01.06 (Job no:70268.C1 D/O : 08.02.06 Co: CM8)
p95
BlackText
ABOVE
When opened, the case reveals a slim book bound in
an identical gray fabric. Inside the book, canvas sleeves
hold a removable spiral bound book containing pages
produced on the studio printer. If the inner pages get
damaged—or the designers want to include a slightly
different body of work—the inner spiral bound book
can be easily replaced.
LEFT
Skolos-Wedell are famous for their enormous posters,
which measure approximately 3' 4' (91.4 121.9 cm).
This work constitutes a large portion of their portfolio,
and the samples shown here have been reduced to fit
the format. Two or three thumbnails are shown oppo-
site each poster. They show the work in progress and
are followed by one detail from each printed poster. This
allows viewers to feel the texture of the stock, inspect
the printing, and understand the original scale of
the work.
Portfolios_086_113_M1 7/2/06 10:35 AM Page 95
Some of the pages in the book are half width while others
are half height. With this barn-door effect, the viewer
always sees the work in relation to the preceding and
following pages.
Job no:7
Scn :
#
1
Dept : D
96
This barn-door design solution, in which images are
constantly put in new relationships with one another,
reflects and enhances the process of Skolos-Wedell’s
complex design style. Elements integrate and reinte-
grate to make meaning. The look is chaotic and wonderful
at the same time.
Job no:70268 Title : RP- Building Design Portfolios Client : Pro-Vision
Scn :
#
175 Size : 171.45(w)254(h)mm Co : M1 C0 O/P: CTP
Dept : DTP D/O : 26.01.06 (Job no:000000 D/O : 00.00.01 Co: CM0)
p96
BlackText
/ Building Design Portfolios
Portfolios_086_113_M1 25/1/06 09:40 AM Page 96
Job no:70268 Title : RP- Building Design Portfolios Client : Pro-Vision
Scn :
#
175 Size : 171.45(w)254(h)mm Co : M1 C0 O/P: CTP
Dept : DTP D/O : 26.01.06 (Job no:000000 D/O : 00.00.01 Co: CM0)
p97
BlackText
/ Professional Print Portfolios97
Portfolios_086_113_M1 25/1/06 09:40 AM Page 97
Job no:70268 Title : RP- Building Design Portfolios Client : Pro-Vision
Scn :
#
175 Size : 171.45(w)254(h)mm Co : M1 C0 O/P: CTP
Dept : DTP D/O : 26.01.06 (Job no:000000 D/O : 00.00.01 Co: CM0)
p98
BlackText
Stoltze Design’s portfolio comprises specialized ring binder portfolios organized
by subject. The idea behind having three portfolios is that certain clients prefer to
see only specific segments of the studio’s work, while others are more interested
in seeing a broad range. Many big design firms maintain several portfolios and will
even provide customized portfolios for a client. The first one, labeled Audiovisuals,
shown opposite, bottom, features CD covers and boxes, logos, and general music
industry materials. Because many of these materials are small, the ring binder is only
5.5" 8.5" (13.4 21.6 cm).
98 / Building Design Portfolios
Job no:7
Scn :
#
1
Dept : D
Portfolios_086_113_M1 25/1/06 09:40 AM Page 98

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required