How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired by Fig Taylor is the latest Laurence King Publishing jewel I've had the opportunity to review. Like so many other books from this publisher, this latest addition to my library is so easy to read and does a great job providing practical insight that applies to the real world.
I took a portfolio class in college that did a good job of teaching me how to choose what work to include and how to use my portfolio, but this book does a great job of showing me what good looks like. I would go out on a limb and say that I could have used my elective selection for something else so many years ago had this book been available to me at the time.
How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired is designed to walk any designer through the entire process of portfolio creation through six well organized chapters:
- What is a Portfolio?
- Making Sense of the Marketplace
- Research and Cold-calling
- Creating a Good Portfolio
- Choosing the Right Portfolio
- Making Yourself Know in the Marketplace
As you can see, you won't read about simply how to create a portfolio but also how to properly use it once you've poured your heart and soul into it.
Print and virtual portfolios are covered and the book is filled with great insight from Fig Taylor, a Portfolio Consultant at the Association of Illustrators, London. Whether you're a freshman in university, a recent graduate or a seasoned designer just looking for a new portfolio, this book is perfect for you. Help yourself stand out in a crowd of ever-growing designers and get that job!
Fig Taylor is Portfolio Consultant at the Association of Illustrators, London. She graduated from Chelsea School of Art with a degree in graphic design, then ran her own London-based illustration agency. She lectures extensively on professional practice to students throughout the UK.