Guest Lecture: Fig Taylor creating a portfolio

Today we had a lecture regarding building a portfolio by portfolio consultant Fig Taylor.

Fig’s lecture was very informative regarding building a portfolio. Many of her tips were relevant to all faculties, the biggest tip that came from her lecture was regarding what we should and shouldn’t include in the portfolio.

Taylor has spoken of how to fit portfolios to a different amount of clients, how to make sure we show flexibility and how to modify your work and make it relevant to the marketplace.

When discussing the format a portfolio should be in she discussed the print format and the digital format. She said that if we were to have a printed portfolio not to have it as a very big portfolio, “keep it small and portable”. She also added that there is no need to mount our work on anything. When we have landscape images we need to make sure they are all facing the same direction as each other and the same for portrait.

She also mentioned that when using print is to make sure to protect our work even if it’s only a printout and we have a digital copy, it’s important to make sure that it is laminated or protected in another way to avoid it being ruined by water/dirt/etc.

On the subject of a digital portfolio she has made a point to make sure that it is always up to date and to only include the images that are relevant, and ones that we like and enjoy. The advantages for a digital can be related to the fact that some work cannot shown to it’s full potential on a print medium. It also gives potential employers the options to bookmark the work or save it so they can refer to it later.

I feel that for the start of my work I will use a digital portfolio using a website and social media, however once I have a bit more of commissioned and professional work I could have a printed book with a selection of work. However, I am considering an option of having an iPad in order to showcase my work instead as it is an easy way to have something physical to show clients and to take to job interviews, while still being a multiple use and there is no printing required which would make it cheaper in the long run.

Despite all this I felt that her lecture was mostly irrelevant to me as the lecture was very heavily focused on how to build a portfolio as an illustrator, which is very different than a photography portfolio.

During the lecture she often would mentioned one thing that is relevant to illustrators, then mentioned how it is not the case for graphic designers. As a photography portfolio is completely different than any of those portfolio it has left me very confused and in the same position I was in when the lecture started as there was not much information that was relevant to me in the lecture.

I will consult my tutors and research photographer’s portfolios online to get a better idea of what I need to have in my portfolio.


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