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Portfolio folder- experiences and opinions wanted!


I study Product Design at Brunel University and for my major project I am redesigning the portfolio folder. Many folders on the market right now have not changed for a while now, black, rectangular with a zip and a sleeve.

I am looking for your experiences and opinions on portfolio folders! Do you use them?

When interviewing for a job or simply presenting work out of a portfolio:
Do you prefer to present work digitally or on paper?
What do your interview processes look like?
Do you bring extra work/ materials with you to an interview?

When you're interviewing someone:
Do you prefer to have work presented to you on screen or paper?
What do you look for?

All of your feedback is greatly appreciated so please, get involved!




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Welcome to DF Paulina.

I used to use one back in the day when almost all of my work was printed.

Haven't used one in years and haven't been for an interview in a long time but the most recent ones I directed people to my web-site and took a flash drive or my lappy with a PDF of work.
With traditional portfolios (not sure if this was done) I thought it would be useful to be able to set it up as a kind of A-board so I could flip the sleeves over the top.


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scotty said:
With traditional portfolios (not sure if this was done) I thought it would be useful to be able to set it up as a kind of A-board so I could flip the sleeves over the top.
Been done, one of mine did this.

Honestly, and this is coming from a product designer, there is a reason a design portfolio hasn't changed much, there isn't too much you can change to make it better for it's purpose - a holder that can present 'paper' based 'work' with the ability to change the work on show as often as needed. Yes there are aspects you can change, the material choice/colour for example but that doesn't necessarily make the 'new design' better than the old one. And I will say it now - both wood and metal versions of the portfolio have been done as well.

As much as most of us old school users still love the tactile nature of a portfolio or even a book there is no getting away from the current progression towards a more digitally orientated presentation of work to clients, admittedly this might result in a printed product in some cases.

If I was to be completely honest here, I'd say your choice (or you tutors) of this for your final project isn't a good one to be working on, it doesn't have the scope of development needed for a final project.


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Hmmm? tending to agree with Levi here in the fact that the portfolio (without some totally radical overhaul) doesn't leave much scope for improvement.
Kind of like re-inventing the wheel.

Maybe a way to incorporate some modern tech such as a place for a tablet but the way technology moves even that could be obsolete within a few years.
Had a portfolio to get into uni and that was that.

I use my iPad now to present work as i can just hand it over to whoever I'm meeting and talk them through the work.

I also hated carting my portfolio around as it was huge. :(

Sean Lee-Amies

What about a case that folds outwards, like a very large fancy leaflet (in a way that doesn't require 10 desks just to fit) or something along those lines? I suppose it does feel like adding it for the sake of it.


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oh magic....it must be an apple product then so... needs to be aluminum and glass, rectangular with rounded corners, use a single button for control and all work must go via the review and certification process prior to adding to folder :)
Ok this is going to sound a little harsh.... If you can't think of something better to do than redesign the portfolio for your major project are you doing the right degree?


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Maybe you could incorporate the capability to add some tech to it?

A rigid sleeve that you could insert or hold an iPad (there are other tablets available).