Aug '04 - May '05
I just finished my interview portfolio. I'm pretty happy with it overall. I chose to go with my same old format that I've been using for the past 4 years, but its been good to me. ie. numerous scholarships and graduate school acceptance. I've skimmed it down to the best of the best projects. I chose a hot pressed watercolor board for the cover. I left the ragged edge on on side and cut a large square out of the front cover revealing my name in a field of blue. Behind the front cover is a sheet of plastic (found in the fabric section of your local hobby shop. This sheet protects the the title sheet from scratches and nasty hands. I used a Tektronix Phaser 850 to print front and back pages. The phaser is a wax based printer so the 32 pound pages have a nice weight and luster to them. I've also added a fold out 11x17 appendix in the back for my thesis plans and elevations. There was so much detail in them that I just couldn't get them to look right at a smaller scale. I had my binding lady (at the small local bindery shop) spiral bind it in clear plastic. My previous version had a wire spiral that I scabbed off a Wal-Mart binder, but it just didn't give the look I wanted. Overall I've got a nice clean look that provides a nice layout to display each project. I chose to simplify the layout so the background wouldn't compete with my projects.
I've finished researching the firms that I'll be interviewing with Friday and am now working on some of the frequently asked questions. After that, I'll come up with a few questions for each firm and I'm set.
Here is a pic of the portfolio and a link to view it online. Let me know what you think.
* click to view portfolio in PDF format (5.8MB)
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