Portfolio show’s are one of the most important days for a student attending design school. It’s their final step before graduating and one of their first opportunities to network and meet potential employers. We love being a part of this special day by creating custom portfolios that represent our customer’s sense of style and individuality.
We’re intrigued by each student’s unique and creative portfolio design and how they decorate their tables to match their personality and branding.
For anyone whose big day is approaching, we’ve gathered four inspiring portfolio tables that our customers laid out at their shows. These tables are all one of a kind and definite show stoppers!
Megan’s frosted clear acrylic portfolio book with an engraved color fill is displayed beautifully on a table decorated with elements reminiscent of a relaxing beach day. She brought the beach to her table through elements like shells, sea glass and a small log.
We love how she livened up the table with flowers and succulents. The flowers even matched her warm pastel color scheme! To stand out from her classmates, she included both a blue and woven beige table cloth that tied into her beach theme.
Megan displayed her business cards on a small wooden branch with slits for the cards. We love to see students with unique ways of showing off their business cards based on their chosen theme. Megan’s table shows how tactile and tangible elements can draw attention to your area at the show and attract potential employers right away.
Shay’s table features our matte black acrylic portfolio book with an engraved color fill of metallic silver. Her delicate bow illustration on her portfolio perfectly reflects the exquisite table design she decided to go with.
Shay’s elegant and minimalist branding is easily captured through her portfolio show table layout. We love the way one of her fashion illustrations were displayed between to sets of roses.
A great way to show off your work, apart from in your portfolio book, is to have your favorite piece displayed separately so it will be seen right away. This will catch a potential employer’s attention and lead them to ask more questions about the art.
Another takeaway from Shay’s portfolio table is the addition of food to your table! Who doesn’t love a tasty treat? People will automatically be drawn to your table if you’re offering a free snack and they”re more likely to stick around to chat while they eat.
Bailey’s custom amber bamboo portfolio book with an engraved color fill reflects her eco-friendly aesthetic that reveals itself in her work and design philosophy.
Her table is another example of how plants such as succulents add color and liveliness. Bailey displayed her portfolio book and business cards on foam made to resemble brick. Her custom portfolio stood out from the rest of the table since it was heightened like a pedestal for her work.
She used bamboo crates matching her portfolio book to hold succulents, adding varying heights to her table. What stood out the most to us about Bailey’s table was her little goody bags. It’s a clever idea to have a small take-away that features your branding and logo so people will remember you once they’ve left the show. Plus, people are always stoked on receiving free goodies!
Gurleen’s custom brushed silver aluminum portfolio book with a burnishing treatment is displayed beautifully on her show table featuring a black table cloth.
The use of the table cloth allows her to stand out from the rest of the white table cloths. We recommend switching it up and adding your own table cloth to your portfolio show table to emphasize your color scheme further.
Gurleen also used succulents as a tactile element on her table. A splash of green s an awesome contrast against the black table cloth. It’s important to add contrast to your table to draw employer’s attention and catch their eye so they’ll visit your table.
Gurleen highlighted her silver theme through silver doilies under her succulents and a silver plate holding her giveaways. We love the way she wrapped lights around the top of the table, adding vibrancy against a darker theme. She also lit up her table with a couple candles to create a warm and inviting display.
Based on these 4 examples we have summed it up into 5 hot tips for your upcoming portfolio show table design.
1. Be unique by adding a table cloth that matches your brand color scheme.
2. Feature your favorite project or artwork separately from your portfolio to strike up conversation right away.
3. Prepare some goody bags for people to take home that feature your logo and branding.
4. Add varying heights to your table to draw people’s attention from far away.
5. Display your business cards on or in a tactile item that reflects your branding theme.
We look forward to seeing all the beautiful tables out there this portfolio show season!
Many folks – be they students or working professionals – come to us asking what sort of components they should consider getting for their custom portfolio book. Chances are if you’re reading this that you are wondering the same. Well never fear! We strive to help you make the best portfolio that your wicked imagination can come up with, so read on for our answers to some of the most asked questions taken into mind when ordering that brand new masterpiece.
The main things you want to consider when confronting this question are the presence you wish your portfolio to have when engaged with, and the sort of setting you see it most often in. Large portfolios stand out in a large expo hall, but can be a bit dominating for smaller-quarter meetings.
Small and medium portfolios are ideal for transportation purposes, and while the medium dimensions of 11×14 are both our most popular size and certainly hold more presence from afar, a smaller piece can just as effectively capture a client’s interest with its inmate intimate charm. By considering these points, you can find the size that is right for you.
We often get asked How do I properly insert pages in to my custom portfolio book?
For some folks, plastic sleeves can be a viable option as they offer extra protection against wear and tear, and offer the ability to swap prints in and out without too much hassle. On the other hand, hingestrips provide a more direct experience between the prints and the purveyor, and don’t diffuse the coloration of the images through an outer plastic layer.
Ultimately, if you’re looking to protect your prints for the long term and are willing to invest the extra money, you can go with sleeves. If presenting your work for that one big showcase is more your situation, and you find yourself wanting to save a bit of money after heartily investing in that new custom portfolio, we recommend hingestrips.
This one is again up to a mixture of:
Glossy black acrylic and the brushed aluminum options are more prone to scratching, and as such require a bit more delicate care than other materials, but have a fantastic presence in a lit room and truly catch the eye.
The matte black and frosted clear acrylic options can be a bit more muted than the more reflective options due to their light diffusing nature, but are better for hiding wear and do a fantastic job of fighting off fingerprint marking.
Our bamboo collection is a softer material than our metal and plastic options, but is particularly excellent if you’re looking for something that can survive the ages as most scratches obtained over time can be lightly sanded down.
In addition to all of these points, take into consideration the aesthetics of your design. Do you want your piece to have a natural feel, or perhaps something more industrial? Furthermore, color and combinations there in are HUGE and we talk about this more extensively here. Take the time to consider how the color of material will match up to the rest of your order.
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 book.
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.
Tom van der Lee
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
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
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