Screwpost Portfolio Book 101: Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Custom Portfolio Book

You've worked hard to put together a body of work you're proud of and now it's time to show it off!  Whether you're looking for a custom graphic design portfolio book for graduation or you're a seasoned photographer looking to stand out with a jaw dropping vessel (that you can update!), we've got you.  Read on to learn everything you need to know about screwpost portfolios.

What is a Screwpost Portfolio?

A screwpost portfolio is comprised of 2 hard covers and hinged binding that allow you to easily add and remove pages.  This is especially advantageous because you can use your portfolio book for years to come, updating your work as often as you like.  Your work will be kept new and relevant and you can switch our prints to show prospective clients and potential employers a tailored view of your work.

Klo Portfolios- Graphic design screwpost portfolio books

Klo Portfolios- Graphic design screwpost portfolio books

How are Pages Added to a Screwpost Portfolio?

The two most popular methods of adding pages to your screwpost portfolio are with hinge strips or sheet protectors.  Watch our quick video tutorial to see how it's done using both methods.

A third method involves leaving a 1" margin on the left hand of your prints, scoring and hole punching the pages.  All methods get the job done so it's a matter of personal preference which you choose.  Hinge strips are great because there is no plastic over the pages.  Some people prefer sheet protectors if they want to to be able to easily switch out the pages later on.

What are the Benefits of Using a Screwpost Portfolio?

Tailoring Your Work

One of the most obvious benefits is the ability to change and update your work whenever you like.  Unlike a book that's bound permanently, you're free to update your portfolio book as often as you need to.  This gives you the ability to tailor your work for each interview or prospective client so you're always presenting work that most aligns with what they're looking for.

A beautifully printed custom portfolio book is tangible and allows you to stand out in the mind of the viewer.  You can present your body of work in the physical form and escape the illuminated ipad or laptop screen if just for a few minutes.  It allows you to connect with the prospective client through touch and the feel of the paper.

custom graphic design portfolio book by Klo Portfolios

Custom graphic design portfolio book by Klo Portfolios

Stand Out

A beautifully made custom portfolio book allows you to stand out from the hundreds of other photographers,  graphic designers, or interior designers vying for a position or project.  While others may bring an ipad or a few promotional cards, you have the opportunity to present your branding and personal style in a new way.

Being able to present printed pages a potential client can flip through offers a chance to build a more in-depth connection.  There is power in the tangible and it's much more likely that the viewer will make a connection if they are flipping through physical prints.  It also shows them your ability to arrange and properly print your body of work as a cohesive collection.

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Use it for Years to Come

Through your career, your style will inevitably evolve.  A screwpost portfolio allows you to add and remove pages easily so you can update your work when you're ready to.  Out with the old and in with the new!  Update your portfolio book with new work whenever you like.  Have you rebranded completely?  Our portfolio books are fabricated in such a way that the cover can easily be replaced with new customization at a later date.

What Size Portfolio Book Do I Get?

Our custom portfolios are named after the page size they hold.  For example, an 11" x 14" landscape portfolio will hold 11" x 14" prints.  The portfolio books are themselves a bit larger to perfectly accommodate the page size they're named after and take in to account the use of hinge strips or sheet protectors.

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The size of your portfolio will depend on a few factors such as how travel friendly you'd like it to be, how large you'd like your prints displayed in, and industry standards.  For example, if you plan on taking your portfolio book to various appointments or traveling with it, we recommend 8.5" x 11" or 11" x 14" sizes.  On the other hand, if printing your work at a larger size is important to you, or you plan on keeping your portfolio book in your home office or studio, we recommend our 11" x 17" size or larger.

It's all about personal preference and what's important to you.   You can't go wrong as long as you're considering your own needs and what works best for you.

How Do I Choose the Best Material and Treatment for My Custom Portfolio Book?

We're written a helpful article about how to choose the best material and treatment for your portfolio book and have added a couple of videos below that will give you a better idea of what our material options look like as well as how the various treatments look on different materials.

Why Should I Choose Klo Portfolios?

We're in our 8th year of business and have had the pleasure of creating tens of thousands of portfolio books for creatives across the spectrum.  From graphic designers to photographers, costume designers and illustrators, to make up artists and everyone in between!

Each and every one of our portfolios are fabricated in our Vancouver warehouse from scratch.  We begin by CNC cutting pieces for your portfolio book as soon as your order is placed.  Once we receive your design and treatment choice, we get to work on a proof for you.

When all looks great and your proof is approved, we pull our sleeves up and begin fabrication on your custom beauty.  We work with you every step of the way and deliver a truly one of a kind portfolio book, perfectly tailored for you.

Custom graphic design portfolio booksby Klo Portfolios

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We proudly offer the largest combination of material and treatment options from acrylic to hand-stained ivory and ebony bamboo, to brushed aluminum's, and leather.  The hardest part will be deciding what material and treatments to choose for your screwpost portfolio!  We have a fix for that too.

Check out our Flickr gallery of more than 1700+ photos and counting of portfolio books we've created and get a good feel on the various combinations and permutations.

Ready to begin customizing your portfolio book?  Let us know if you have any questions.  We are always here to help.

Happy Creating!

Klo Team




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