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For design, and illustration work, one way, which does cost some money, is
to have C-prints done of all the work (8"X1"0 is a good size), mount them
on a nuetral colored matt board (white, grey, or black....choose one
color!), all the same size determined by the portfolio case. Or, take the
C-prints and slide them into the slide sleeves of the portfolio case. Go to
the art store to see what kinds of cases are available. A concise resume is
important, even if they have little or no experience, they can use it to
bring out their achievements, honors, education, goals, etc.
If it's a fine art portfolio, 35mm slides will do for galleries. Include a
list of descriptions of each slide, and a biography.
CD's are a relatively new medium and the risk is that everyone may not have
a CD Rom drive at their disposal. The same thing goes for a web site
portfolio and those who still don't have access to the internet. If they go
this way it is a good idea to have a hard copy portfolio too.
It's a good idea to have more than one portfolio if you are job hunting.
And once you are making one, another print doesn't cost much more.
Clean and consistent is the key. And it's better to have 8-10 really good
pieces as opposed to 20 not so hot pieces.
I hope this helps some. I'm here if you have any more questions. Good luck!
>High school students. Portfolios are for college, job, gallery application,
>etc. I also intend to develop electronic portfolios ( cd rom). But primarily
>I want to brush up on my own presentation portfolio skills.I have taught
>video and computer animation for the past several years. I want to make sure
>that I advise them to the best of my ability. We have matting and shrink wrap
>capabilities. The most they would have to pay for would be mat board. We also
>provide the recordable cd's. Any help will be appreciated.