Last time, I posted about portfolio formats. The ways we each approach and use our portfolios are sometimes as unique as we are. There are countless examples out there on the subject, and I wanted to share my top ten favorite (in print) resources.
- Portfolio Design by Harold Linton. Geared towards architecture, it shows many examples of portfolios.
- Designing a Digital Portfolio by Cynthia Baron. Good general information on the thought process of developing a digital portfolio, but this book is a little older (so technical information is out of date).
- The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design by Debbie Rose Myers. Another well-rounded book. Written for graphic design, much of the the information is still applicable to Landscape Architecture.
- Designing Creative Resumes by Gregg Berryman. This slim tome is fun, creative, and old. I still flip through it every time I re-do mine, to remind myself to push for something new.
- The Ultimate Portfolio by Martha Metzdorf. This book is geared towards graphic artists and illustrators, but contains good discussion on the reasons the examples were designed the way they were (something I find invaluable).
- Writing for Design Professionals by Stephen Kliment – I like this book and include it even though it is not exclusively about portfolios or design. I think it is a must read for developing a professional writing style in a design industry.
- Making and Breaking the Grid by Timothy Samara – There are several books on page layout, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include one. Much of it gets more technical than you may need, but with so much information, even skimming this book can be helpful for advancing your understanding of this important subject.
- Breaking In: Over 100 Advertising Insiders Reveal How to Build a Portfolio That Will Get You Hired by William Spencer – This book contains interviews with people in the advertising industry about what they look for in a creative portfolio. It, too, is focused on graphic art. One of the lessons here is that each person interviewed had a slightly different viewpoint, so there is no single right answer when developing your portfolio.
- No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers by Larry Volk and Danielle Currier – This is my current personal favorite. It is written with graphic artists and photographers in mind, but includes the most current, detailed, and comprehensive information of them all. Please also find their BLOG.
- Magazines: HOW Magazine is my favorite, but anything on Landscape Architecture, Architecture, graphic art, or photography is good. The purpose of these publications is to showcase design work, so take a look at how they go about it. Try also foreign magazines like Topos (German), Abitare (Italian), and Gardens Illustrated (British).
Continuing to seek inspiration for your next portfolio, showing your best effort each time, is an essential part of maintaining your image. Portfolio upkeep is a process that should be ongoing whether each of us is currently employed by others or ourselves, and I hope that everyone finds something useful in this list. If there are other print resources you love, please send them along or share them in the comments. This isn’t the end, though, I will be sharing many more resources in the future.
The next post will discuss the meat in a Landscape Architecture portfolio: the content.
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