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Library: Creative Design


Breeze through your interview with a custom graphics portfolio

Added on Friday 4th of December 2009 09:23 am EST


Even if you already have an outstanding portfolio, the stress of meeting with a potential client or interviewing for a job can cause memory lapses. Trying to remember the process behind your creative designs may be an embarrassing task. To help with this, you should create a sort of "cheat sheet" in InDesign, as we did in FIGURE A.

This cheat sheet displays your most prominent work and a brief explanation of each accomplishment. Displaying your best pieces this way provides the interviewer with the concept behind your ideas and your technical skills. She can then visualize more than just the finished product, and you can be recognized for all of your talent and resourcefulness.

NOTE: The cheat sheet isn't meant to be a replacement for your actual portfolio pieces. It's meant to help you organize and explain your portfolio presentation.

The principle behind the portfolio
The portfolio addition we created for our example is a three-page InDesign document, which includes a cover page, shown in FIGURE A, and two additional pages, shown as a spread in FIGURE B. Each piece displayed on the cover is explained on the remaining pages. The cover page contains 15 picture boxes to hold each piece of artwork and one text box for contact information. Pages 2 and 3 hold picture boxes to contain most of the artwork displayed on the cover and corresponding three-column text boxes for information about each piece.

You'll find this portfolio addition useful when interviewing for a job or meeting a potential client. For instance, you might be too nervous to remember how you created each piece—the tools used, the problems encountered, how you solved them, and so on. Or, if you're sending your work digitally via the internet or on disk through the mail, you won't be there to explain the circumstances behind your creations. This graphics portfolio addition, then, is designed not only to showcase your artwork, but to display your industry knowledge as well.

Set up your document
After you've compiled the artwork and information you want to include in your graphics portfolio, the next step is to set it up in InDesign. Compared to the time and energy you put into your artwork, this is easy!

To create a three-page portfolio:
1. Use th...