Art 606, Final: Portfolio
This was actually the 2nd portfolio that we produced for this class. Our Midterm had consisted of creating a portfolio of all of our work up to the middle of the semester. Well, hey, I’ve always tended to post my midterms and finals here on the site, so once I had an actual portfolio from the first half of the class, I kept it up to date and rolled each of the projects we worked on afterwards into it.
At the end of the semester, and four additional projects down the road (two of them fairly complex, multi-week projects) our final turned out to consist of building another one. The instructor (who was new this semester, since our previous instructor had retired) had intended that the people who had made it through the class to the end might be able to use these in job interviews. I rather suspect that they could. He’d given us a good range of projects. He also permitted us to extend our first portfolio to produce it, so since I’d been doing it already, I did.
I’ll admit that with this project I’m just a little unsure about the actual legalities of using a lot of these images, for where our previous instructor had not wanted us to use anything off the internet, this one considered the net to be where a designer goes to get content. He was careful to point us at sites which were commenrcial sources, or repositories of free content. But things that come up in a general search, while it is probably legal enough to use them in an educational setting, I’m less sure of using them for general posting.
Well, I’m certainly not making any money from it. But let me make it clear, I do not own any of these photos.
I made a number of changes on this 2nd go-round. There had been some glitches in my first version that needed to be fixed. I also changed the color scheme and added a number of effects. In the final version the background was changed to black, white, and grey, leaving the actual projects to provide the color.
I also did notmake any attempt to do what had turned out not to work in my midterm. One of our early assignments had been to create .gif animations in Photoshop. InDesign — which we were encouraged to use to build our portfolios in (since they were to be submitted in .pdf and InDesign is really good at exporting .pdfs) will export an interactive version of a .pdf complete with animations and page transitions, and all sorts of flashy stuff.
So of course I tried to do an interactive .pdf which would play my animations. But it turned out that animations (and the page transitions) will only play if you open the .pdf in the Acrobat reader, in full screen mode, and will not even show up if the .pdf is opened from a browser. So that rather cut that idea off at the knees.
I may eventually post my animations on a separate page if I can figure out how to do it and make them play. It’s possible that I did not export them in the correct format to do anything of the sort. But, in any event, there are no animations in this .pdf. I’d learned better.
The .pdf is on the large side for direct viewing (although one can), so I have it posted here in both uncompressed format which can be opened directly, and in compressed format which can be downloaded. They are both fairly low-res files, however. We worked in screen resolution for much of the semester so there wasn't a lot of point to exporting them at hi-res.