Printing your portfolio

The web is a great way of promoting and showing off your work: it allows you to reach a wide audience with minimal outlay, and putting together a small portfolio site isn't too taxing for any designer. However, many clients and employers still prefer viewing work as hard copies and handling the final printed product.

Whether this is in the form of a hand-made book or simply a few examples of your work that specifically relate to a client's interests, sometimes there's nothing like holding a printed page in your hand and seeing it in the cold light of day. This is especially relevant if your work is made for print anyway (as opposed to web design, made for the screen) because it will give the client a strong idea of the quality of your work, and how it might also look in relation to their own project. For example, if you're pitching for a packaging design job, try printing your previous package designs and logos onto a card that most accurately mimics the client's end product (that is, as thick and glossy as your printer will allow).

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