Portfolio ExamplesPosted: March 13, 2017
Today Irene was kind enough to dig out some examples of her previous students’ portfolios for me to have a look at. This was really helpful for me to get some ideas for my own, especially in terms of layouts, and although all of these belonged to fashion students, I managed to grab a few pointers which I will be able to apply to mine.
The photos below are some of the many I took of the three portfolios which were the most relevant to my work, and which inspired me.
Some pointers which I noted down were:
- CV and business cards in a pocket in the back, so people looking through may take one
- Paper clips or split pins holding fabrics swatches and samples
- Lots of white space on pages – doesn’t need to be full
- Working from the middle/spine, outwards
- Logo, font, colours are all very important in getting across the brand
- Mostly own images but a couple found, if made their own (e.g. manipulated digitally)
- Inserted alternative papers – tracing paper is effective when printed on to create additional layers
- Customer profile included
- Layering of pages which are trimmed to reveal the next one
- Some had pages with just one big photo in middle – less is more, and says more than a page full of little images may do
- Contents page is important
- Name of artist and collections are obvious
- Artist statement/summary of collection is included
- Colours are consistent throughout
- Whole thing is coherent, but every page is different and no image is used more than once
I am looking forward to making a start on my own portfolio pages, and I think I’ll begin with roughly sketching out what pages I want to include, and what imagery will go on them.