Product design portfolio layouts

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by stewartlittle, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. stewartlittle macrumors regular

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    So I am thinking of creating a portfolio to display the product design I have done thus far. My question is, does anyone have any suggestions that would help with the graphic layout of the portfolio? Obviously simple, non cluttered is better because I don't want the layout to take away from my designs. Better yet if you have any examples you have seen that blew you away, could you please post them. Thanks so much.
     
  2. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    Do a site that says something about you and your personal design style (you will have one), copying someone elses design isn't always the best way to show off your work.
     
  3. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    ihave no intention to copy. But it's always good to see what other designers like and don't like
     
  4. RainForRent macrumors 6502

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    He doesn't mention this being a web portfolio, at least I didn't gather as much.

    It is an important point, as the advice given kind of hinges on that. I have some package design in my printed portfolio that I brought to interviews. I have a photograph of the completed works dominant on the page, and the die guides/flat work on the side.
     
  5. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    At this point I want to just do a physical portfolio. I am already working as an industrial designer. It's more just to document what I have done. Plus I think that it is always important to keep updating a portfolio.
     
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    I just assumed web as the op wanted to see examples etc which isn't that easy with a printed option.

    However as its a print portfolio is it not even more important to have a personal style about your work, assuming you intend to move away from the simple black folder approach (although even then a consistent style is good) :confused:

    If I was to be looking to employ someone I personally would rather see a nice clean folder approach (a3 seems to be a nice balance on size), each peice of work has 2 or 3 wallets say (so 2/3 sheets) maybe with a seperate page explaining what/how it was done etc and then you can talk about it clearly without other aspects of the work getting in the way.

    An overly complicated or too stylised portfolio wouldn't appeal to me as I would feel that you are trying to distract me from your work and thats because you don't have the confidence in your own ability/work.

    You say you are working as an industrial designer, then I'm sure that by now you would have a personal style (I know I had one, fairly minimalist, by the time I left uni, it's evolved a little but its still basically the same though) and in my view if you must use a style then make sure it fits with your style of work. No point going for a grunge look when you work in a minimalist style for example.
     
  7. ktbubster macrumors 6502a

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    If you are already working as an Industrial Designer, then you probably have a good deal of experience with Coroflot designer profiles. If not Core77.com is a great resource. You can look up designer profiles and a lot of them have their portfolios uploaded, or at least a few projects from their portfolios. Some aren't what they have as print, but a lot of them are, and you can get some really good layout ideas from those, and start to see a pattern in ones that seem to work well and ones that don't.

    That would be my suggestion for you :)

    Glad to see some more industrial designers around here!
     
  8. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    First i would like to say thanks to LeviG for the advice, I agree, I much prefer a clean look, something that doesnt take away from the designs, they should be what shines, not the background.

    ktbubster: Thanks for the post, yep, I am a regular on both the sites, (its always good to scope the competition ;) ) I have to admit, its tough to keep the folio updated, when working as a full time designer, by the time i get home from work, I want nothing to do with computers at night haha
     

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