Freshly cut and treated is this 11 x 17 custom portfolio book in white acrylic with engraving and vinyl decal treatments. Our client, a graphic design student wanted to prepare something unique and eye-catching for her final portfolio show. We incorporated color in her logo with a custom decal.
Some designers present their portfolios as handmade books or even create specially made cards but I prefer to keep my presentation as clean and unfussy as possible. Since my work changes so often, I want the ease of reprinting and assembling the pages without too much time investment. For three years, I had been using a white glossy acrylic 11 x 17 portfolio cover by Pina Zangaro and I absolutely loved it. The simplicity, durability and expandability all played prominently into my decision to go with this format. As time went on and I did more student portfolio reviews, I realized that we often had the same portfolio covers. My business was growing a lot and I wanted to stand apart from the competition so I recently had covers custom made with my brand name embossed with silver foil. Everyone has different budget constraints and preferences so do some research to find the best fit for your brand.
This is basic 11x17 portfolio layout I use as an example for my students. Demonstrating the use of frames, headers, dividers, and transparent backgrounds to add emphasis to their work.