How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired:
A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators
by Fig Taylor
Published by Laurence King Publishing in October 2013
This book shows those embarking on an illustration or graphic design career how best to put together an effective, professional portfolio. It discusses what to include and how to organize and display the work, and also advises on presentation techniques and self promotion. Both print and digital portfolios are examined. [Source: Goodreads]
I bought this book because it seemed to have a lot of great design portfolio examples in the back, and I thought it would offer a lot of detailed advice on building a graphic design portfolio. (Full disclosure: I skipped mos of the Illustration-specific sections.) In some ways, it delivered that promise, but in a lot of ways I was disappointed.
How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired would be a great gift book for college students who are just now considering a graphic design career, but don’t know much about the different industries that graphic designers usually find work. The book offers very basic descriptions of different industries, like advertising, book publishing, and magazine publishing, and a short overview of how graphic design or illustration portfolios for each of these industries may differ.
A lot of the tips imparted in the book seem like common sense to me. Much of the book seemed to be written for people who have never dealt with someone on a professional level before and I don’t think this book was meant for potential career changers, or at least not for people who have had some dealings with the creative industry before. There were a lot of tips about networking, getting internships, etc.
I do feel like I learned some things, and would recommend this book for high school graduates and college students just starting off their graphic design/illustration careers.