You can’t help but feel immersed in Chris Nurse’s vibrant and distinctive style. Sometimes bold and bright, other times muted and realistic with a dash of humor, Chris evokes strong emotions from those who come across his art. Currently pursuing his Masters in Design, Chris’ early career includes teaching Arts and Crafts to inner City youth and freelancing various projects from logo design to album artwork.
He caught our attention when he came to us for the build of his custom portfolio book and naturally we wanted to know how he gained his eclectic style.
How did you get into illustration and graphic design?
I’ve been into illustrations and designing as far back as I can remember. My dad’s job involved sketching for building layouts and at home he would always do these cool little cartoon doodles to make me laugh so I started doodling on my own and kept at it getting better with more practice. I started enjoying the process of creating a unique piece from scratch.
What is your favorite piece of work you’ve done?
I’m a huge Tarantino fan so when a client wanted a Pulp Fiction movie scene illustrated I automatically knew it would be my fave.
Whose inspiring you as an artist right now?
Right now I’m currently doing studies on Caravaggio from the baroque period and his work has me extremely obsessed with shadow, lighting and human anatomy. I’m probably going to be drawing naked people for the next couple months.
We love hearing the stories that make up the contents of our customer’s portfolio books. Often years of hard work are made tangible and shared with others and we couldn’t be any happier to be apart of it.
Create your own custom portfolio book and start your creative journey!
We’ve been tinkering and perfecting eight new patterns to add to our patterned acrylic portfolio book collection and we’re thrilled to release them!
Another exclusive to Klo Portfolios, this collection is for the distinguished and the brave. We’ve included a 3D triangle design, galaxy galore, boho indigo dye, tropical leaves, turquoise sea foam, soothing water colour, waves, and cube line art.
The patterns are printed on the exterior of the front and back cover of our snow white acrylic portfolio books. The inside covers will be snow white acrylic finish to perfectly contrast the full graphic exterior and customization.
Each patterned portfolio can be customized with an engraving, engraved color full, cut-out or UV Print & Cure. Hot Tip: We recommend keeping your design subtle since the patterns are all detailed and intricate and will already add a lot of wow factor to your custom presentation book. The possibilities are endless!
These royal blue triangles are meant to look as if they are popping off the cover. This portfolio makes for a definite attention grabber!
This portfolio is definitely out of this world. We especially love how the stars look like they’re twinkling when you tilt the book back and forth.
Boho Indigo Dye
Inspired by all the unique tie dye patterns out there, this portfolio mimics the bulls eye indigo dye technique. The pattern also has a subtle canvas texture which adds contrast to your portfolio.
Why not let your portfolio remind you of tanning on a tropical beach in the sun? This portfolio does just that!
Cube Line Art
So simple, yet so intriguing. This design features lines which creates a 3D cube effect. Perfect for an architecture or interior design portfolio.
Soothing Water Color
We love how the blue, pink, and white all blend together in this water color masterpiece. The colors and effect all make for a very peaceful cover to look at and will work great with a simple name or logo engraving or engraved color fill.
We could look at these wavy blobs all day! The line work causes your eye to move all around the design. With this portfolio you an also opt to change the blue to any color you’d like.
Turquoise Sea Foam
Another portfolio pattern that makes us think of relaxing on a beach somewhere warm. This turquoise sea foam portfolio book is perfect for customizing your name or logo on to make it a truly unique piece. Want to start building your own custom portfolio? Visit our Build Your Own where you can select your size, material, and treatment along with any add-ons.
Is there a pattern you’d like us to add to our custom portfolio book collection? Let us know! We love hearing your ideas and are happy to accommodate.
We get asked all the time, how do I add pages to my custom screwpost portfolio book? We’ve talked about the different methods of inserting pages in another post although we’re going to get up close and personal with our favorite method, hinge strips. You can purchase these along with your custom portfolio and prints in the add-ons section when you build your own custom portfolio.
Hinge strips are clear strips with an adhesive edge which once applied to your page, allow you to easily add your prints to your portfolio book without worrying about creating an extra gutter on your prints and punching holes. You can also use sheet protectors to add your pages although we’re going to focus on the hinge strip method for this post.
Follow along as we show you a step by step guide on how to first add hinge stripsto your pages, add the pages to your screwpost portfolio book, and what it all looks like when it’s done.
Side note: This custom portfolio book includes a UV Print & Cure treatment on the inside covers which is available for an additional $50.
What you’ll need:
Because most of the hinge strip is hidden within the binding of your book, it’s a clean and subtle addition to your pages and won’t be intrusive to the eye which is why we love hinge strips.
Bam! Now you’re ready to rock and roll and crush your portfolio show, interview, or that client you’ve been after.
Drum roll…..! We’re thrilled to release our latest exclusive treatment for your most awesome custom Klo Portfolio book.
The newest edition to the Klo treatment family is our Marble UV Print & Cure which mimics the beautiful swirls and appearance of marble itself while avoiding the pitfalls of the actual marble stone such as its weight and price.
The Marble UV Print & Cure is exclusive to Klo Portfolios and is created in house by our Portfolio Artisans. The marble pattern is UV printed and cured for a seamless look on the front, back and inside covers of your custom portfolio book, creating an overall cohesive appearance.
Marble is known for its prestige, refined taste and grand aesthetics. The word marble itself comes from the Greek word ‘marmaros’ which is defined as ‘shining stone.’ Marble ranges over various cultures, backgrounds and timelines. Italian sculptures preferred marble for its durability and translucency to create stunning masterpieces of art. The Taj Mahal’s commissioner, Shah Jahan, chose marble for its refined elegance as a token of love to his wife Mumtaz Mahal and created one of the seven wonders of the world. Safe to say, you are in great company!
Today, marble is being revived as a classic and historically significant stone and can be seen heavily in modern architecture and interior design trends. As with all our other screwpost portfolio treatments, you can engrave, color fill, cutout and UV Print on top of your marble portfolio!
Engraving on your custom marble portfolio book allows you to etch or carve your design into the material itself, while a color fill can allow for your engraved design to stand out with your choice of any CMYK color.
A cut out treatment can create a peak through preview for your work underneath, and is the ultimate custom treatment. Last but not least, the UV Print & Cure treatment can be utilized for any CMYK image or vector that allows you to represent a range of colors. Check out our blog on how to represent treatments in your design template.
Of course, you can always combine various treatment together to achieve your perfect look. The options are endless. Let your imagination soar for your designs and let us create for you a marble masterpiece to tote your work. Check out our gallery to see our various treatment examples on custom screwpost portfolios to get your gears in motion.
Hello all! Name’s Tom, and I’m the resident portfolio artisan here at Klo Portfolios. If you place an order with us, chances are your final product will pass through my hands and soon be assembled to choice perfection! Having had the special privilege of personally overseeing countless hundreds of precious, unique portfolios from start to finish, I thought I’d take some time to impart to you all some of the insight I’ve gained.
We strive for nothing short of excellence – supreme-quality custom portfolios are our highest concern. That said, the final design and choices of materials, treatments, etc ultimately boil down you.
This means that sometimes, some designs turn out softer, or subtler, than the rest of the competition. And likewise, there are always a few custom portfolios that burst forward ahead of the pack. Still reading, and keen to make your portfolio one of those leading the forefront? Good, then read on and direct your eyes to the tips I’ve listed below.
One of the biggest shortcomings to a great design that we see are a diminished presence of colors on a portfolio surface. It may seem tempting to go for soft values and rock that au natural look, but trust me when I say that a strong portfolio is one that packs a visual punch.
Contrasting or strong colors are vital here. Strong choices are gold, white, red, color fills on black – whereas a soft and diminished choice would be striving for a dark grey on black, or perhaps a light brown on a darker brown bamboo surface.
Remember, the eyes sifting over your cover have likely already passed over many others in a rather short duration of time, so do your best to aim for something that pops!
Much like color, the sizing of your name and/or image is a an equally important detail to consider when it comes to your portfolio’s first impression. You never know how far across a room a potential client or future employer may be when their eyes pass over your custom piece, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the full dimensions your chosen surface naturally provides!
Full-cover patterns or large images often stand out best in a crowd, as they maintain clear readability across a large breadth of distance.
Many portfolios shy away from images, opting instead to simply provide the owner’s name. There is of course a very good reason for this – choosing the perfect picture to convey a portfolio’s contents can be a quite the domineering and exhausting task, especially if there is a chance of the inner content being changed over the years!
And yet, if you are willing to invest the time to find that right image, I can tell you right now that your portfolio is going to convey a meaning many times deeper and more provocative to your general audience.
This last tip pertains to the general quality one can expect to achieve when they really take the time to sift over the details in their portfolio cover design. At the end of the day, your custom portfolio book is going to be with you for many, many years, and as such it definitely deserves your full consideration before placing an order.
We’ve seen many portfolio orders come through here that and nice, clean, and simple but that also lack that clear punch because they were designed towards the tail end of a deadline.
Oftentimes a good design means going back to the drawing board a couple of times, so offer yourself the time for revisions instead of rushing to the finish line, and it’ll shine through the rest of the competition without fail.
There you have it! With these guidelines now in your quiver alongside your creative vision, you’re already well on your way to a genius masterpiece of a custom portfolio. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to throw us an inquiry! We’re always happy to help you see your piece to perfection it deserves.
We’re thrilled to announce the offering of our new UV Print Treatment exclusive to Klo Portfolios which allows you to virtually print any graphic, photo, or illustration directly on to your custom portfolio book. Some call it magic, we call it pure awesomeness!
Perfectly tailor your aesthetic and branding with dramatic full color effects like you’ve never seen before and have it color matched to boot. Further enhance your design by adding gloss or matte finishes for unique embossing and varnishing effects. This treatment will stand the test of time since it cures instantly and adheres to any of our acrylic, bamboo, or brushed aluminum materials. Create stunning full cover graphics and leave a lasting impression on your viewer.
What’s so great about UV Printing? Unlike conventional printing methods, UV printing uses energy efficient UV-LED lamps that generate low level of heat so you can feel good about the environmentally friendly methods of production.
As always, your custom portfolio is created in-house in the trusted hands of our portfolio artisans and design team that will ensure you receive exactly what you ordered, every time.
We’re working on exciting combinations such as an engraved UV print treatment where the area is first engraved and a graphic or pattern is applied in the engraved area.
Got a question or want to say hello? Give us a shout via email or phone and we’ll get you some answers
Earlier this year we introduced our Ebony Stain bamboo portfolio books which are hand-stained in house and reveal the bamboo’s natural color when engraved. This creates a beautiful contrast between the ebony stain and the artwork that we engrave on to your custom portfolio.
Both pieces of bamboo that make up your custom portfolio are cut, sanded, and meticulously stained to perfection. Our bamboo screwpost portfolios are always made of 1/4″ thick real bamboo. We don’t mess around with cheap veneers like the other guys.
Add an engraved color fill for an additional tactile layer that will leave anyone viewing your custom portfolio impressed. We have metallic gold, silver, and copper color fills available along with other colors if you’re looking to add a little something special to your bamboo portfolio.
Got a question or idea you’d like to run by us? Feel free to contact us and we’ll get to the bottom of it
As always, happy creating!
Whether you need a custom portfolio book for graduation or for landing your dream job or client, we’ve got some rad custom portfolio book examples below to draw inspiration from.
Our custom bamboo portfolios are cut, treated, hand assembled an varnished from a thick slab of bamboo, bound to make a great impression on your viewer. Each custom portfolio book passes a dozen hands before it gets to you and is built with steel binding and hardware, all manufactured in Canada. We don’t mess around with crappy aluminum binding
Our bamboo portfolios are sanded to perfection and finished with an eco-friendly varnish fit for a king… and queen!
Combine any one of our treatments including cut-outs, engraving, engraved color fills, metallic foils or vinyl decals for a truly unique portfolio book design.
Get a hold of us if you want to chat about your project or if you want to see more portfolio book examples. You’re in good hands.
Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of creatives on making a perfect custom portfolio book to hold their work. We’ve had a lot of interesting requests, one of which has been added as a treatment to make our custom books even more special and bespoke, the engraved color fill treatment.
The engraved color fill treatment is perfect for those wanting to add a little something extra to an engraved area of their custom acrylic or bamboo screwpost portfolios. It works best when you are looking to incorporate color to your portfolio book cover. We’re currently working on adding this feature for the brushed aluminum materials as well so hang tight!
Take a look at a mix of beautiful custom graphic, interior, photography, and fashion portfolio books with the Klo Portfolios touch of an engraved color fill. Click on the photo to see a larger view.
Questions? Comments? Praise? Hit us up at info[at]kloportfolios.com
You’ve been working on your portfolio for months (or at least it seems that way) and you’re almost at the finish line except you need that perfect presentation book to house all of your blood, sweat, and tears. A professionally made portfolio book is a direct reflection of your work and will set the tone for the rest of the interview and allow you to stand out from the rest.
It can feel overwhelming to finalize the last piece of the puzzle so we’ve outlined some helpful tips we’ve passed on to our customers creating their own perfect custom portfolio book. Here are some things to consider before deciding on the best presentation vessel for you.
Are you a LEED accredited Interior Designer or Architect and want communicate this right off the bat? Customizing your portfolio book with one of our bamboo materials and an engraving will be perfectly in line with your message and ideology since it’s LEED certified.
Maybe you’re a young and eclectic fashion designer with a sophisticated yet fierce ready to wear collection. Choosing a matte black acrylic with an engraving and cut-out treatment will perfectly compliment your work.
Over the years we’ve created a comprehensive library that contains hundreds of examples of our work and collaborations with designers and we hope it will serve as an inspiration to you when deciding on how to customize your own portfolio book.
Deciding how mobile and agile you want to be when seeing clients and potential employers are things to think about when deciding on the size of your portfolio book. Do you plan on shipping your portfolio book or traveling often to see potential clients or will your trips be local and comfortable? Other things to consider are how detailed your prints are and if having a larger book will facilitate showcasing more intricate work.
An 11 x 14 portfolio or 11 x 17 is large enough to showcase your beautiful prints but not so big that it feels awkward on a potential employer’s or customer’s desk. It will be lighter and more comfortable to carry then a larger size which could become cumbersome if you need to ship it or travel a lot.
So you’ve browsed through our library of custom portfolio books, decided on the size and material and now it’s time for the fun part, choosing a treatment or treatments to apply to your branding and logo. We’ve outlined some details about the different treatments that can be applied to your custom portfolio.
Engraving and Engraved Color Fills
Our engraving treatment permanently etches acrylic, brushed aluminum, or bamboo materials for a classic and timeless look.
This option can be further customized with engraved color fills which is a process completed by hand where a specific color is added to the engraved area and is bound to make an impression.
If you have a colorful first page or want to incorporate a pattern in to your cover, you can combine an engraving with our cut-out design and have the first page pop through the cover for a more dramatic effect. The cut-out treatment lends a dramatic and edgy feel and will add an element of surprise to your portfolio book.
Vinyl Decals and Metallic Foils
Vinyl decals are best suited if your branding includes color and you prefer a seamless treatment on your portfolio book or in combination with a cut-out or engraving.
Metallic foils provide an easy way to add instant shine and come in silver, gold, blue, green, and red. You can choose to incorporate a metallic foil to a single design element or to your entire logo.
Burnishing Treatment for Brushed Aluminum
The burnishing treatment is exclusively for our brushed aluminum materials and lightly etches the surface to reveal a beautiful silver engraving. This treatment works best for more intricate designs on the brushed aluminum material. One thing to keep in mind is that the brushed gold and bronze material will result in a silver etching rather than a gold or bronze color.
The combinations and permutations of treatments for your portfolio book are endless so have fun with it! If you are unsure or need a second opinion, shoot us an email or give us a quick call and we’ll guide you through the process. Rest assure that no matter what combination of treatments you choose, you are in great hands and we’ll make it look professional and dreamy.
How will you be inserting pages in to your custom portfolio? Do you prefer having plastic over your pages or do you want to create a more tactile experience for the viewer? This will determine whether you use hinge strips, printed pages, or sheet protectors. Learn more about the 3 most popular options of properly inserting your pages in to your portfolio book.
Quality over Quantity of Prints in your Portfolio Book
20 well executed pieces of your work trumps 50 so-so pages so share only your best even it it means you won’t have as much as you’d like to show. Your first page will set the tone so you’ll want to make sure it’s a strong piece. It’s always best to spread your best work through out your portfolio book rather than front-loading it. You’ll want to finish on a high note as well so include a piece you’re really proud of in the end.
Cater Your Work for Your Audience
The magical thing about a screwpost portfolio book is that you can easily add and remove pages so make use of this wonderful feature and cater your work towards the potential client or employer you’re going to see.
For example, If you’re applying for a job at a digital agency, do some research and see what industry they serve and align your work as closely as you can to the type of work you’ll potentially get hired for. This level of customization shows that you mean business and you’ve done your research.
Ask for Advice
If you’re a design student, pick your instructor’s brain and fine tune your portfolio as best you can. Ask for constructive criticism from others outside of the design world, maybe Bob your Uncle? They may offer up a new perspective or reveal something about the fluidity of your work by the way they browse through it. Ask trusted friends and colleagues what they think can be done better and take their feedback in to consideration.
Remember, You’ve Got This!
You’ve made it through the door and you’re one step closer to landing an awesome client or dream design job so take a moment and give yourself a self-high five. You’ve got an awesome custom portfolio, a well thought-out body of work, and you’re ready to rock!
Still have questions? Feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll guide you through the process.
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