I had to put together a PDF portfolio to email to a couple of leads this afternoon. It’s the first time that I’ve had to do this for a while, and it left me scrambling to get together images of my latest work and put them together in a PDF that I could email.
I don’t like a one-size-fits-all portfolio. Every time I make a presentation (which, admittedly, isn’t too often these days), I like to create a portfolio that is tailored to the audience. For example, if the audience is business in hospitality, I’ll skew the presentation to show a greater percentage of work that I’ve done in that sector. As a result of this approach, I have a self promotion folder on my hard drive that is a mess (which is pretty unusual for me). It’s chocked full of logos, PDFs, bitmap files, PSD mockups — some of which are new, others not so new.
I have to believe there is a better way to do this. So I have two questions.
What form(s) does your portfolio take: physical portfolio that you take to meetings (old school case or swanky box), digital portfolio that you take to meetings (run off of laptop or tablet), branded website (your own domain and hosting), third party website (Behance, etc,), email-able portfolio, other?
How do you manage the work samples that are in your portfolio?