You’ve brought all your work onto the computer and transferred it to an appropriate file format. You’ve written sparkling text. You know who you want to impress, and why. Now, finally, you want to get your work into a portfolio. Should you start creating a nav bar and laying out a page?
Not so fast. In order for your interface to be appropriate and effective—and not distract badly from your wonderful work—it needs a foundation. The foundation is the skeleton that your artwork relies on to stand up to scrutiny.
A portfolio foundation requires three things: an appropriate technology, a structure, and a consistent visual concept for your interface. You need to consider all three before you make a single decision about graphics or page content. All of these elements affect one another, and should be influenced in turn by your work.