Exercise 3.6

Portfolio Cover Design


Your final portfolio for this class is due three weeks from Thursday. With this in mind, you will revisit your portfolio design again today. You now have much more content to put into your portfolio and should easily be able to produce 3 spreads (6 pages). You must also begin working on your cover design for your final portfolio. Laser cutting the cover is now optional.

Part I: Cover Design

  • Using a page the same size as your portfolio (or slightly larger), design your front cover in Adobe Illustrator.
  • It is always helpful to have the cover reflect the major graphic design decisions made in the body of your portfolio (similar flow lines, etc.).
  • The cover must (at a minimum) contain your full name and may contain other information about yourself or your portfolio.

Part II: Page Layouts

  • Continue working on your portfolio and add more content/pages.
  • Review the techniques discussed in the graphic design section of the course. Pay careful attention to your flowlines, column intervals, etc.

Part III: Export your work

  • Save your work as an .ai file (Illustrator) and as a .indd file (InDesign), remember to also save your referenced text on your flash drive in the same folder.
  • In Illustrator, use File>Save for Web and Devices… to save your front cover as a .jpg. Post your cover to the course website. Please comment on at least 3 other covers.
  • If you wish to speak with me today about your portfolio or cover, please print it (it can be black & white) and sign up for a time slot.

Notes on Printing your Portfolio:

  • Pay careful attention to your paper.  If you print at school, you may elect to buy specialty paper (Photo Laser Paper).  If you print at home (and have an inkjet printer) you can print on Photo Inkjet paper.  Remember, you can also choose to add accent papers (trace/mylar overlays, color over/underlays, etc.)
  • The finish of the paper is also important.  Make sure you proactively choose glossy, semi-gloss (luster) or matte.
  • If you print yourself, you will need to determine the type of binding you wish to use.  We will discuss each type of binding in lecture, but you can choose a flat binding (glue/double side tape, staples, etc).  You can also choose a spiral or comb binding (typically from an office supply store or Kinko’s).  Remember each binding needs a different amount of space and will open differently.  Take a look at the samples I bring in to class for more specific examples.
  • You can also choose to have your book professionally printed (sample places below), though you loose the ability to have custom papers included with your portfolio and have a more limited range of sizes.  Typically you will need to export each page to a .jpg and upload the .jpg files to the book publisher’s website.  They will then print and send you the final portfolio.
  • Portfolios can be hard cover or soft cover, generally soft cover is less formal and used more often for architectural portfolios.  Soft covers typically cost less too!

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