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Oh The Possibilities

When you hand-craft your own book you have many more possibilities literally at your fingertips. When it comes to your book, there are many ways to enhance the viewing of your work considering both scale and sequence. For instance a right or left gatefold can open out and extend the length of the page for larger images or a triptych. A pop-up can add a clever bit of surprise. In this example from designer/architect,
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Celebrate Color & Pattern

On the first day of spring I wanted to celebrate color (even while it’s still grey here in New England). This portfolio by animator and illustrator, Dylan Glynn was a perfect choice. Dylan was born and raised in Toronto and is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation program. Color, pattern and superb craftsmanship bring this portfolio to life. It’s a breath of fresh air. Dylan told me, “The organ
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Focus Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should be a well considered strategic positioning of your work. As Larry Volk (my co-author) puts it, “Creating a sequence for a portfolio of your works, even if they are varied by type of design or media, can contribute to a stronger, cohesive presentation. Just as with a sequence of photographs, the relationships within a page spread, as well as the pace and flow of your sequence, are not somet
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Make the Most of the Giving Season

Giving a gift is special. The winter months give us lots of opportunities with Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Valentine’s, and more. It gives us a good reason to show off that other kind of gift – ie “one’s natural ability or talent.” Of course talent only shines through with hard work and determination. Often this is true of promos as well – a good idea alone means nothing
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“The Romance of A Book” With Scott Mullenberg

This is a great share from masterful bookbinder, Scott Mullenberg. Scott told me, “I thought you might be interested in this video, by photographer David White, about Mullenberg Designs and the building of his portfolio. We spent 2 days filming ( I believe in April) and it was just released a couple weeks ago. We’re pretty pleased with what Dave created (post production is everything!).” Scott Mulle
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A Labor of Love: Sarah Lim’s New Portfolio

Photographer Sarah Lim made her most recent portfolio book herself. Making a book is an art unto itself and as with most art forms you either enjoy that process or you don’t. Clearly it also requires a certain level of skill and patience. All of which will show in the end result. The best hand crafted books are a labor of love. Sarah’s unique book is a nice example of craftsmanship and the pride she takes
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Bryan Alano Takes A Risk With Denim

I really enjoyed this portfolio for los angeles based lifestyle photographer, Bryan Alano. Unique material choice, great craft and attention to detail. The denim makes this a real stand out and it’s meaningful and relevant – saying much more than your standard portfolio cover. It makes me want to see the work inside even more! Bryan took a risk doing something different and I think it really pays off. Wit
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Custom Portfolio Design for Karyne Bond

Unique custom metal portfolio for Canadian photographer, Karyne Bond. Great concept and excellent construction makes this a stand out portfolio. Karyne told me, My initial need was to have a portfolio that could be transformed according to the different practices which I may submit my work to, being a photographer, retoucher, graphic designer and the fact that my work is changing rapidly. So, I wanted to be able to c
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Hand Made Box Connects to Photographs of Weavers

This promo for photographer Matt Nager is a nice little hand made box containing a note, 10 prints, and a hand made weaving from Oaxaca, Mexico. The box and note work well to help promote work from a recent trip Matt Nager took to Mexico. Weavers. Fall 2012 Promo Mailer. from Matt Nager on Vimeo. Matt says, “The box was made by Mullenberg Designs and follows my branding through the last year and a half both in
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Cool Logo, New Book for Photographer Luis Azevedo

This logo design and portfolio was recently submitted to me by Luis Azevedo, a photographer in Portugal. I loved his cool, modern look for the logo – working off of a contemporary, funky typeface. With a graphic design background, he also designs and makes his own portfolios and promotions. Check out his most recent portfolio book.
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Behind the Scenes with Chris Crisman

http://www.crismanphoto.com/blog/
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Wanderlust: Volume One

Benjamin Rasmussen Photography
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Book Construction: Accordion Book

With book artist and binder, Amanda Nelsen
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Portfolio of Michael Winokur

Michael Winokur's Portfolio, San Francisco, CA
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Book Construction: Printed Slip Cover

Book Construction Series This is the first in a series of video tutorials on book construction. The demonstrations are conducted by book artist and binder, Amanda Nelsen. I shot the video during a recent workshop for a group of my students. Additional videos will become available as I edit and convert segments for the web. All video tutorials can be found here on the video tutorials page. Amanda Nelsen Amanda’s
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