Top Portfolio books recommended by experts

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Fundamentals of Portfolio

Understanding the concepts of Portfolio starts with understanding the fundamentals. On your way to mastery, it's crucial for you to understand how certain concepts were derived, and why things work like they do. Starting with these resources is the best way to do so.

The  Graphic Designerโ€™s Guide to Portfolio Design

The Graphic Designerโ€™s Guide to Portfolio Design

This book is developed to provide students with everything they need to know to make the transition from design student to design professional. It provides step-by-step instruction for creating professional portfolios, both traditional and digital. Interviewing tips, sample resumes and cover letters, and action verb lists help students prepare for their job search. The second edition includes new sample portfolios, robust case studies, and updated information on digital portfolio trends and techniques.

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Design: Portfolio: Self-promotion at its best

Design: Portfolio: Self-promotion at its best

Featuring a curated collection of approximately 300 exquisite designs, along with essays from designers in the field about the essence and importance of a good portfolio design, Design: Portfolio contains mini-workshops that dissect several featured projects and highlight the effectiveness of exceptional design treatments from around the world. Designers will discover the underlying details that make each design so special. This is an exciting new addition to the informative and inspiring Design series by Rockport Publishers that offers the best of design in practice.

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That Portfolio Book

That Portfolio Book

The Portfolio Book introduces a method to help early childhood teachers improve the responsiveness of their teaching. The ten-step process lets teachers begin to work with the portfolio assessment process at a comfortable pace. This book breaks the portfolio assessment process into small, easy-to-manage steps that can be integrated painlessly into everyday teaching.

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Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should

Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should

It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do's and don'ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.

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Building Design Portfolios: Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work

Building Design Portfolios: Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work

Presenting one's portfolio is where every designer begins his or her career. Therefore, crafting a portfolio, whether online or for presentation in person, is an essential skill for survival. Because a portfolio can make or break a career, it is vital that designers go out armed with all the right moves and materials.

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Creating Your Digital Portfolio: The Essential Guide to Showcasing Your Design Work Online

Creating Your Digital Portfolio: The Essential Guide to Showcasing Your Design Work Online

This comprehensive manual gives you all the knowledge and skills you need to build and present a digital portfolio that packs a punch. Creating Your Digital Portfolio covers everything from web hosting and uploading content, to personalizing and presenting your work to clinch that job. Exemplary portfolios, both well-constructed and unique, reveal the how, what, and why of putting together an effective digital portfolio, and leading art directors, graphic designers, and illustrators give their professional advice on making a good impression and avoiding common pitfalls.

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