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Building Design Portfolios by Sara Eisenman

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Nathan Zarse, a recent graduate of Herron School of Art
and Design, carries a vintage suitcase as his portfolio
case, which is consistent with his interest in reviving
1940s and 1950s design styles. It opens to reveal a
group of ordinary manila envelopes—affixed with his
distinctive label—along with one antique leatherette
notebook.
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A second page from the book speaks of television
as part of an artificial environment and likens the
human experience to an astronaut being cut loose
from his lifelines.
/ Nontraditional Portfolios
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Inside one of the envelopes is a book. When Zarse
presents his portfolio, he opens the book to the title
page of an essay, “4 Arguments for the Elimination of
Television.” The page features a grainy TV screen as a
visual complement to the message. Any portfolio piece
that takes a stand on an issue, or poses and then
answers a question, helps an art director understand
the person behind the work and their interests.
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Another envelope reveals a group of brochures on various subjects. The individual
manila envelopes give Zarse a method for grouping his materials. They are economical
and easily replaced, and they fit with the old suitcase stylistically. The portfolio is clever;
it’s unified, economical, and thoughtful.
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Kevin O’Callaghan
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Kevin O’Callaghan teaches 3-D design and illustration at the School of Visual Arts
in New York City. He encourages his students to design beyond two dimensions
by manipulating found objects to create meaning. The story of his giant portfolio is
legendary. He built and hauled a 15' (4.6 m)-tall portfolio on a trailer behind his car to
Milton Glaser’s office, only to have it lodge under a bridge. After some hasty adjust-
ments to the air in his tires, he arrived fifty minutes late to the interview. Glaser asked
to see the portfolio and was brought to the window to peer at the giant portfolio three
stories below. O’Callaghan was forgiven for being late, and his career was launched
when Glaser made several calls to recommend him.
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