Best Portfolios From Around the World – Germany

Best Portfolios From Around the World – Germany


I’m starting a new series called “Best Portfolios From Around the World.” I’ve scoured the internet and exchanged emails with many talented folks whose portfolios and other promo materials I’m excited to share with all of you out there. Each week I’ll add another “best of” in the series. If you think you’re portfolio should be a contender send me an email and I’ll check it out.

The first one comes from graphic designer, Stephanie Passul from Dusseldorf, Germany. This portfolio caught my eye for its bold typographic look and structured layout. It communicates a visually simplified yet strikingly powerful look through the utilization of black and white contrast, letterfomrms in all caps, typographic cropping, grid structure, wide margins and use of repetition.

Stephanie told me,
“The portfolio book was created for my Master application during April 2013. The whole application contains three books: the portfolio book, a critical self reflection and an expose for my master studies.

The portfolio book contains the best projects from my studies in visual communication. The critical self reflection contains all the other projects with interesting concepts, that don’t fit into a commercial portfolio. Miniature pictures of these projects and a text which collects parts of the texts I wrote about all my projects to explain my approach in graphic design in the context of the term list, collection and ornament and an information graphic which connects my projects to these terms.

All the books have the same size, paper, font and grid, are bounded by hand in a very simple way: folded in the middle and stitched, with an uncropped edge. So you can lay all books into another an get a thicker book with a wider edge, which reflects the expansion through the added theory. The terms list, collection and ornament were the most repeating terms in my study work during 2009 and 2013. To communicate these facts in the portfolio book a layout was chosen, which through the alphabetical order of the projects and the repeating of the images these terms reflect. If you lay all books next to each other you get also a list.

The whole style is simple, but with a special attention to details like the uncropped edge, the repetition of images or the letterpress business cards with the black edges. Every project was photographed in the same environment to create a visual language which is in harmony.”

Book, Digital print
Self initiated project
180 mm x 240 mm
200 pages, two copies
Font: Kamerik 105

Booklet
Self initiated project
180 mm x 240 mm
30 pages, two copies
Font: Kamerik 105

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