Portfolio Layout sample

I’ve been trying to make my portfolio more interactive with materials to engage the reader more in my project, whilst keeping a portfolio format.

Although the materials won’t be added until the final print, I have included pictures of the material samples I will include.

The portfolio will be bound like a book, probably using a japanese stitch as this will allow me to include single sheets of paper in the process.

Portfolio 2 sample first pages.

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  1. This is already a much stronger development of the portfolio since Tuesday but I think for it to be thought of as a book you have to think of it in spreads not single pages. How do you include not just paper samples, but real details of the chemical composition of each type of paper, how you made it etc (that would be content for the exploration study), you could also include samples of stitching and other techniques to really make it explain your depth of knowledge on the subject – also how do you operate as both scientist/ creator of paper as well as author/ architect/ storyteller of these embedded narratives? The portfolio or each spread should be able to reveal something about how the paper or object is made as well as what it signifies. I think the layout is good but the spatial dimension is a bit lost and the idea of taking us on a journey – perhaps the pop-ups could be included after a spread about materiality and significance to start to locate the narrative in space and start to combine the different elements into one scene? The craft of the pop-ups would have to be quite precise so if you prefer you could lasercut a layered view that gets revealed at certain moments in the book. The use of flaps or annotations and descriptions of material samples are good techniques to engage the audience. In the case files they use envelopes that you open to read letters within, torn up photographs that you have to recombine etc. to engage the reader as the detective/ protagonist – who is your protagonist and what do you need to do to allow the reader to search for clues about the people who inhabit the area and how the book as an object reveals their stories as you read through it. Keep going for Tuesday and maybe bring some completed pages with samples attached so we can talk more about it.

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