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Portfolio in face to face meetings.

Discussion in 'Design Jobs & Employment Forum:' started by MugOTea, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. MugOTea

    MugOTea New Member

    Hi, I'm just coming back to design after a break of a few years and a lot has changed! Luckily my specialism isn't the most technologically advanced area!

    I've been asking around and it would seem that a lot of people in the industry still show paper portfolios, but mine is just way to heavy and I have no desire to lug it around anymore!

    I've been getting a PDF portfolio ready which is taking ages :icon_frown: So much longer than I imagined.

    I'm making one which will be emailable and one which I intend to show in meetings on a tablet. Is that what a lot of others do? I'm used to laying out my portfolio and talking through it with the design manager/art director, usually on a casual just pop in for a chat sort of way. I'm finding it hard to imagine just handing over a tablet and sitting back and letting them get on with it. Is this how it works? I'll also have some paper items to show.

    I unfortunately don't have a tablet yet and no money to get one so got to keep costs to a minimum if I can. Am thinking of maybe trying to find one on Ebay but that's such a risk.

    Any thoughts welcome.

  2. FCB

    FCB Member

    Hi there!

    I'm sure there will be members on here that will have a better understanding about this but I've gone to interviews with my paper portfolio because I feel much more comfortable having a hard copy infront of me especially if i have to talk about it. I know a friend of mine who is a graphic designer who would show his portfolio on his laptop but I don't know if that is the best idea. You deffinitely need a pdf portfolio because I've had times after I submitted a CV for a design position they would ask me for samples of wrk in pdf format.

    How many projects do you have in your paper portfolio? It could be a case of just trimming it down?
  3. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I haven't updated my print portfolio since before I left uni, which is a shame because my portfolio itself cost me a small fortune in shipping + tax. I also found it can be hard to display digital work on paper, especially as my portfolio is A4 size. Now I just focus on keeping my online portfolio up to date and polished as and when I can.

    I'd say show your work in whatever way you're comfortable. It's your work so display it how you think it should be displayed. I know a lot of agencies use tablets now when displaying work to potential clients so save space and cost so perhaps that would be a worthwhile investment in the new year sales?
  4. MugOTea

    MugOTea New Member

    Thanks for your reply. Because of the area I work in I have to take hard copies as well which are very heavy. The combination of the two is just too heavy for me and I'm going to seriously hurt myself one of these days!

    It's hard to say how many projects as such because a lot of them are small so I have multiple per page, but all for one company etc.

    How many pages is yours?
  5. MugOTea

    MugOTea New Member

    So you don't feel that it is unusual to not have a paper portfolio? Although as I said I do have a lot of paper items to show. (It's whole books)

    I was thinking of doing an online portfolio at some point but don't know where/how.
  6. Crepston

    Crepston Member

    Try Behance first :)
  7. steve30

    steve30 New Member

    Magento tips

    I personally think its best to have a digital and a paper portfolio, then you're prepared for any eventuality. Dont just assume they have a computer in the meeting room for you to bring up examples of your work. If you're applying for a Magento role have a read through this How to create a rocking Magento portfolio | Magentalent it's pretty helpful.
  8. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I am mainly a print designer and I always update my portfolio there are things in there that cant be replicated on screen like litho, foil block, C type prints Glycee and the way things feel in your hand. My PDF port is of course very important but I have never not been expected to bring my port with me :) And yes it costs a fortune to update!
  9. Hill_88

    Hill_88 New Member


    I've just noticed your post about your portfolio queries. I had the same thoughts when trying to get my work together and really wasn't sure about structure/layout/presentation ect, but i found this book What to put in your portfolio and get a job: Graphic Design and it really helped me with presentation ideas, gave me a few new ones and tips on how to structure my portfolio.
    I realise your first post is a good couple of months old now, but if you are still looking for help i highly recommend this book. I bought it here Articul8 Publishing. I haven't read the other two books yet, but am hoping to purchase them soon!

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