After looking at my last post titled Portfolios, it looked like I was promoting portfolios that I had built. That was not my intention. I really only wanted to show some different custom cases and how each student designed their interior layouts. Over the last ten years we have had some excellent student portfolios using almost every type of case imaginable. Here are some more. Maybe these examples will inspire your imagination to push the bar even farther.

I guess this brings us to the real question. Does the case really matter or is the work, no matter how it is presented, the only thing that really matters? Well, I’m not sure I can answer that question. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. The truth is that no matter how slick a case and the presentation, if the work has no substance and lacks concept, you will have difficulty in getting to the next level. Also, if you have the greatest work in the world and throw it in a Wal-Mart bag and dump it on the table for presentation, you probably will have problems as well (unless you are interviewing at Wal-Mart.) My grandmother always said you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Oh, by the way a sow is a pig! When I found that out her statement made a lot more sense. I would like to hear from some of my former students out in the professional world or working professionals that are reviewing portfolios. What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know.