Choosing the Right Portfolio

Chapter Five: Choosing the Right PortfolioPortfolio Guide book


A portfolio should be logical and straightforward to negotiate, with samples immaculately and clearly displayed. It must engage the viewer’s attention from the start and hold it throughout the presentation.

Print Portfolio

A print portfolio can be viewed quickly and easily, and samples can be scanned or photocopied. A3 and A4 folders are the norm, although A3 is often preferable to A4 if you are showing published work in context.

Print portfolios are available in a variety of types, formats and systems. A bound one keeps all the samples together so that they are less likely to go astray, while a portfolio box allows the interview to handle the work.

Regardless to the type of portfolio, its contents must be protected, either in leaves or if the samples are loose, by laminating the individuals pieces of work. And avoid heavy mounting board; instead use good quality paper or lightweight cardboard.

Digital Portfolio

Work such as motion graphics and web design is best shown on a digital portfolio, while some creative employers possitively prefer to see print samples on a website or as a PDF as they can be easily shown to colleagues or sent to clients.

Use a laptop for face to face presentations. It is lightweight, takes up little space on a desk and allows you to show your work in a variety of ways.