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The complete guide to portfolio development for interior designers

It's a widely known fact that interior designers need a strong visual presence in the form of a well-crafted, professional-looking portfolio. Surprisingly, however, many interior designers aren't equipped with the expertise required to organize and unify their work in a fashion that optimally conveys their talents and skills.

Portfolios for Interior Designers helps demystify the process by guiding the reader toward mastery in assembling a winning portfolio. It delivers essential step-by-step instruction presented in a manner that shows interior designers how to properly and effectively display their designs. This book also includes:

  • Color and black-and-white illustrations showing portfolio elements and options
  • Graphic design concepts necessary for portfolio development
  • Specific information for the design of digital portfolios
  • Supplemental teaching resources that direct readers to a companion Web site
  • Useful tips on the ways that popular graphics software applications can be best implemented for certain portfolio elements
  • Samples of cover letters and resumes, along with discussion of job search procedures

With the aid of real-world examples, Portfolios for Interior Designers examines how a portfolio can be used as an effective tool for communicating with clients and other professionals. A much-needed guide, this book eliminates the uncertainty surrounding portfolio development so that interior designers can showcase their abilities success-fully—and land the next job.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470408162
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: CourseSmart Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 348,545
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Mitton is a designer, educator, and author. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin–Stout, where she has received several teaching awards. She is the coauthor of Interior Design Visual Presentation, and Residential Interior Design (with Courtney Nystuen), also published by Wiley. She is a member of IDEC, is NCIDQ qualified, and is a Certified Interior Designer.

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Table of Contents



One Introduction 3

Overview of the job Search 5

Phase 1 Preparation 6

Phase 2 Research and Distribution 9

Research: Types and Sources 9

Networking 13

Distribution 14

Phase 3 The Interview and Offer 15

The Offer: Salary and Negotiation 18

Internships, Contract, and Part-Time Positions 20

Two Portfolio Development 23

Telling Your Story, Creating a Personal Narrative 23

The Portfolio Invetory 26

Portfolios for Other Reasons: Academics and Awards 27

Design and Portfolio Organization 31

Timing and Number of Projects 34

Design Process Documentation, Construction Documents, and Sample Boards 35

The Container 38

Unifying Many Elements 49

More about Digital Portfolios 53

Portable Digital Portfolios (CDs and DVDs) 55

Portfolio Web Sites 57

Preparing Work for the Portfolio 60

Three Graphic Design: An Overview 65

An Introduction to Typography 65

Working with Type 70

Hierarchy 72

Creating Hierarchy 73

The Grid 78

Alignment 79

Types of Grids 80

Four Adobe Creative Suite Software and Portfolio Development 83

Adobe Illustrator 84

Illustrator Tools 84

Adobe Photoshop 88

Photoshop Tools 89

Photoshop Palettes/Panels 91

Working with Photographic Images 94

Adobe in Design 96

Defining a New Document 96

The InDesign Toolbox 97

In Design Palettes/Panels 99

Exporting 100

Adobe Dreamweaver 101

Adobe Acrobat 103

Five Resumes and Related Correspondence 105

The Resume 106

Resume Design 106

Resume Organization 108

Word Choice 115

Cover Letters and Thank-You Notes 119

Cover Letters 119

Thank-You Notes 122


Six Resumes and Related Correspondence 127

Seven In the Mail and on the Web 153

Eight Components From Complete Portfolios 169

Appendix One Professional Voices 205

Appendix Two Personal Narrative Exercise 207

Appendix Three Portfolio Project Review and Inventory Worksheet 209

Appendix Four The Pamphlet Stitch: Instructions 210

Index 212

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