I led a 45-minute workshop for Stanford University Summer Arts Intensive students in September 2010. This presentation covers strategies, tips, and resources for developing your creative digital portfolio.
information that you want to present? Simplify and shorten your list! Tell a story - highlight quality examples to illustrate a point How do you want to present your work? What formats/tools already exist that meet your needs? Be realistic about your time and goals
you? Stanford, the web, software What skills could you learn, and do you have the time? Learning skills in digital media is extremely valuable The best combination = your skills + tools that help you achieve your goals within a realistic timeframe
paper Experiment! Layout should be flexible and able to hold all of your media Layout should address your audience If you will need multiple layouts within your portfolio, sketch them all out fully on paper White boards are great for brainstorming!
your main navigation or sections What overall categories can you fit your media into? Identify the scope of your portfolio: Place all of your content in your outline Match up your layouts with your outline
Photoshop or Illustrator before you build your portfolio Coding and technical work takes at least three times as long as you think it will! Building from scratch gives you more control, teaches you skills, but takes more time Many resources on the web are available for free!
along Learn as MANY keyboard shortcuts as possible and practice! Take on small projects to practice and hone your skills Take advantage of training or course opportunities Have realistic goals and pace yourself
used for editing images, photos, and creating graphics/illustration Illustrator: vector graphics, line-art, type, layout for one-page designs and flyers InDesign: multiple-page layouts, master page templates Dreamweaver: for coding, creating websites (WYSIWYG) Flash: animation, interactivity, dynamic designs Bridge: Adobe’s super version of Finder/Windows Explorer