Winter Quarter Portfolio and Reflection

Your final portfolio for Winter Quarter should capture your complete understanding of the project to date.  For many in the studio, I suspect it was only in the last few weeks that you began to understand the full potential of the project.  Rather than use this portfolio as a complete polished version of a not yet complete project, this portfolio post should document your current work and the issues it presents.  Focus on letting the images tell the story, but do provide succinct text to help connect image with idea.  Don’t make your portfolio a linear narrative of your design process, begin with your latest and best work.  However, as many of you struggled over multiple versions (some in the last two weeks!!!) describe your intentions in these changes – not just what you did, but why you did it.  This change over time can be used to address the issues that are of primary importance to you.  For example, you can use the before/after element for this, or a slider to run through multiple iterations.  While this should be a strong graphic presentation of your work, it is important that you capture the issues – the design drivers – that you would like to continue with next quarter.   Do please look back to your mid-term portfolio presentations, the program development case studiesyour San Diego reflections as well as the conceptual puzzles and Dewey and Illich discussions and point them if these are relevant to your project.

Please keep in mind:

  • Do not just post your poster, but reformat your graphic material for the screen.
  • Use a 4-column grid in Visual Composer.  This can be a full image (4/4), four images across (1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4), evenly divided (1/2 + 1/2) or subdivided asymmetrically ( 1/4 + 3/4).  Please use these different configurations of the 4-column grid as appropriate to your graphic communication, please don’t just use one of these for the entire portfolio.
  • Animated GIF’s and sliders can be great, but please don’t overuse them.  Use these features carefully only when they help you communicate (model development, or perhaps multiple levels of floor plans).  Make sure the pixel dimensions are identical (especially in pixel height) so the image height doesn’t bounce around.
  • Use the “quote” feature to draw attention to text such as opening your project with your design question, or a confident declarative sentence.
  • Just like your hero image (kill shot) on your boards drawing people in, do the same with your on-line portfolio opening image.
  • Resize your images for screen resolution, this can often be very small (800 pixels), with maximum image size of 2560 pixels x 1600 pixels ONLY if you intend to click on the image and have it enlarge to full screen.  Keep your image sizes low, and your portfolio will load much faster.
  • Use portfolio (project) category “Winter Portfolio” as well as your name (in the portfolio category).
  • Make your project name meaningful.
  • Go back through each of your posts and portfolio (project) posts adding the category with your name, and team members names when applicable, to your posts and projects.  These will then filter to your individual blog home page.