6 Tips for Creating a stunning print-based portfolio. +4 amazing examples

Your portfolio is the showcase of your work and potential for your future employers or potential clients, your portfolio reflect who you are as a graphic or a web designer and accurately demonstrate all of your skills. Portfolio can be made and shown in two ways, online and offline. Online portfolio is your main tool for your work and skills promotion. A printed portfolio or your offline portfolio is just another way to draw attention to your work. Just imagine the reaction from the client when he gets the book along with a business card. With these few tips we will to make and develop a print-based portfolio that represents who you are and what you do in the best possible light and help you to stand out from the crowd.

So, here is how to create a sunning print-based portfolio, whatever your profession, to accurately represent yourself and your work. Below are also included a serie of amazing examples of print-based portfolios.

Take one empty notebook and draw all ideas you have on your mind, make a preview of your portfolio, page by page. You can also print your works and paste them into a notebook. Putting concepts quickly on the paper is good way to see if they are worth exploring further.

Design of the book is on the second place. On the first place is your work and your skills. Show only examples of your best work. You don’t need to show every logo or every website you’ve ever designed. Most people won’t bother looking through all of it anyway.

So you have amazing book, with amazing porfolio, people enjoy looking it, but where is your phone number?! You must have a contact information page. Take it one step further: put your all methods of contact on last page of your print-based portfolio. Remember, some clients appreciate an actual phone call over trying to read through your portfolio so please leave also your phone number.

Your portfolio is all about you. On one or two pages share your background, where you came from, how many years you’ve been in the business, etc. The more details you give (but not too much), the better your clients can build trust with you. There is no need for your picture because you must to meet with client personaly if you want to give him a book. Don’t be afraid to show off your awards and recognition here. You want people to know you’re good at what you do.

Therefore what you have chosen another type of display of your works sets you apart from your competitors. Make something different, use different materials, and other formats. The sky’s your limit. But also remember that your interviewer usually has a limited amount of time. Do not make your portfolio book so complicated that it becomes a nuissance. Remember that the overall goal is to keep the focus on your work and your skills.

Depending on what you do, and no mather if you are photographer or not, no mather if you are showing websites or packaging design, your portfolio should contain best high-quality images.

Bellow you can find some amazing examples of print-based potfolios.

Balsam Studio

Sara Berks


Atelier Martino&Jana

If you’re a designer or photographer, do you have a print portfolio? Please share any processes, lessons learned or personal techniques for creating a print-based portfolio.