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    Building An Off-Line Portfolio

    Hi,

    I have recently applied for university and I am now getting replies. Some universities require an interview, which they expect me to take an off-line portfolio to.

    What is the best way to go about building an offline portfolio for print? Has anyone got any live examples? Some help here would be great. If it helps I have an online portfolio live at the moment.

    Thanks in advance,
    Dan

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    How about printing out some screenshots onto glossay photo print paper?

    Put them in a nice folder and they'll look great

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    That's a nice idea bluedreamer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedreamer View Post
    How about printing out some screenshots onto glossay photo print paper?

    Put them in a nice folder and they'll look great
    Do you no think I should put more information in or do you think will be fine as it is?

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    Well you could include some general notes about each project as well so whoever looks at it can see what you did at a glance.

    What do you think might be useful?

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    When you'll graduate...all this things just don't matter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTurn View Post
    When you'll graduate...all this things just don't matter...
    Well maybe we should worry about getting him into University first before he starts blowing off this stuff as not mattering.

    OP - Any chance you could put your sites on a laptop and bring the laptop to the interview as well?

    FYI, clean up all the spelling and grammar errors on your portfolio page, it doesn't look professional to see those.

    For example:

    both as personal project
    comapny
    informationa
    specilises
    begining
    standerds
    several version
    comapny

    And so on...

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    What course are you applying to? Have they specifically asked for a portfolio of previous web design work? Are there any resources given to you to explain what they're looking for?

    Off Topic:

    Im applying to uni this year too Though I'm applying for Physics - and I haven't submitted my application yet, still awaiting a review of my personal statement before I do!

    I'm applying to Lancaster, Southampton, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Nottingham, what about you?
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    I don't know what the people who'll be assessing your portfolio will be looking for and their experience with design ... but I suggest that "show your working" is as important in design as in maths. Give your designs life, a timeline ... how did you get from a blank canvas to the finished interface? Show alternative sketches, discarded ideas, reasons for choosing the final design.

    That's just my two cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Arkinstall View Post
    What course are you applying to? Have they specifically asked for a portfolio of previous web design work? Are there any resources given to you to explain what they're looking for?

    Off Topic:

    Im applying to uni this year too Though I'm applying for Physics - and I haven't submitted my application yet, still awaiting a review of my personal statement before I do!

    I'm applying to Lancaster, Southampton, Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Nottingham, what about you?

    Hi,

    I'm applying to Plymouth, Abberystwth, Teaside and Staffordshire uni. I am hoping to do Web Application Development at Plymouth primarily.

    I have an interview at Staffs who have specifically said to take a portfolio with me. They have asked for a printed portfolio. In terms of resources, the letter simply says "You should bring a printed portfolio along with you on the day".

    Thanks for your help, and you never know - I might see you at Abber
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    Quote Originally Posted by tke71709 View Post
    Well maybe we should worry about getting him into University first before he starts blowing off this stuff as not mattering.

    OP - Any chance you could put your sites on a laptop and bring the laptop to the interview as well?

    FYI, clean up all the spelling and grammar errors on your portfolio page, it doesn't look professional to see those.

    For example:

    both as personal project
    comapny
    informationa
    specilises
    begining
    standerds
    several version
    comapny

    And so on...
    Hi,

    I am preparing my laptop now, downloading all the wordpress templates and website content of my various websites now, so I shall take my MacBook along with me on the day.

    I am going to go through my portfolio website next week in free lessons at school so that should be done tuesday afternoon hopefully.

    Thanks for the support,
    Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanaelB View Post
    I don't know what the people who'll be assessing your portfolio will be looking for and their experience with design ... but I suggest that "show your working" is as important in design as in maths. Give your designs life, a timeline ... how did you get from a blank canvas to the finished interface? Show alternative sketches, discarded ideas, reasons for choosing the final design.

    That's just my two cents.
    So show the design purpose from the start to end? I think that could work well. I will have a go at that as well.

    Thanks,
    Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedreamer View Post
    Well you could include some general notes about each project as well so whoever looks at it can see what you did at a glance.

    What do you think might be useful?
    This is the thing, I have never really done anything like this before so I am not to sure what should go in my portfolio.

    Ideas are starting to form now though so I shall hopefully have something worth showing to post by the end of the week.

    Thanks,
    Dan.

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    You don't thank me, Dan
    This is it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTurn View Post
    You don't thank me, Dan
    Maybe because your advice was useless?

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    Be creative with what your adding, having loads of screenshot's probably will be a bit boring, perhaps include some wireframes, prototypes, concept art, sketches, even doodles you produced on the back of a paper towel. Application development is as much about the design process and the frontend as it is the backend, you do need to show that you can go from nothing right up to having the finished product. Anything you can add beyond the basics (such as adding a bit of text with each item explaining what you undertook) will help beef up the overall off-line portfolio. It might be worth checking out a photographer or artists portfolio, they tend to spend a lot of time on off-line portfolio's they can take to their clients. You could learn a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    Be creative with what your adding, having loads of screenshot's probably will be a bit boring, perhaps include some wireframes, prototypes, concept art, sketches, even doodles you produced on the back of a paper towel. Application development is as much about the design process and the frontend as it is the backend, you do need to show that you can go from nothing right up to having the finished product. Anything you can add beyond the basics (such as adding a bit of text with each item explaining what you undertook) will help beef up the overall off-line portfolio. It might be worth checking out a photographer or artists portfolio, they tend to spend a lot of time on off-line portfolio's they can take to their clients. You could learn a lot
    Thanks for the ideas. I now have got a template together on photoshop for the portfolio, I am now starting to add content to it as well. Hopefully I should get a few pages together this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tke71709 View Post
    Maybe because your advice was useless?
    maybe you're a fly in the milk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTurn View Post
    maybe you're a fly in the milk...
    What's this fly doing in my milk?
    Looks like the backstroke...

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    backdoor guy, close your eye...


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