This week’s dispatch comes as a guest post from our amazing Digital Design Intern, Jordan Facin. Jordan is a senior at Roger William University where he is studying Graphic Design. We turned to Jordan for his unique insights into opportunities for undergrads to improve any presentation with a Portfoliobox Stock Product.
There are a variety of important considerations to address when assembling your work for an academic or professional presentation. Whether you want to display your photographs, final thesis, printmaking collection, or button up a curated array for portfolio review, you definitely don’t want to be the kid with their work in a paper folder stapled together at 2:30am the night before. Fortunately for creative students across America, there is always a great way to exhibit your work when you know about Portfoliobox.
With over 30 years of experience, steeped in a tradition of classical book binding, we at Portoliobox have perfected the art of handmade custom portfolios and are sought internationally by artists to house their work. To accommodate any budget, we also offer four different handcrafted stock portfolios. Made in the USA with beautiful premium materials, these stock options come in a myriad of different dimensions to suit your project. With all the options, however, the toughest part is choosing the right portfolio for your work. We are here to help!
Our Edition Folio is a timeless folio design that can be multi-functional and catered to your display needs; two stiff boards lined with acid free Stonehenge paper, 3 Stonehenge paper flaps to keep your prints in place, and an elegant grosgrain ribbon closure. Designed to hold a small volume, this would be the perfect fit for those who need to display or carry up to eight sheets of prized photographs, prints, architectural drawings, perhaps a short proposal, etc. If you are seeking a portfolio that is light, yet functional, and evocative of old school fine art portfolios, then this is the Portfoliobox for you.
With sizes up to 13” x 19”, this is a great option for students who prefer a select portfolio, and is perfect to hold those special creations being shown to potential schools, employers and buyers. With a 100% cotton, archivally pure lining, the Edition Folio is also a great place to store your sensitive works after class is done.
Every medium has unique needs when it comes to presentation; even among the fine arts! Besides, your portfolio represents work in at least one concentration, likely two or more. If your mix media collection requires more space than the Edition Folio can provide, the Overflap Folio may be your best bet with its roomy ½ inch depth. The Overflap Folio is made of stiff wrapped board, with 3 lined flaps that fold in to offer additional structural and security support. The inside is lined with acid free Stonehenge paper to protect your sensitive photographs, and wrapped in smooth professional Arrestox.
If you have a thesis, proposal or project summary, and don’t want to be just another laminated booklet or plastic binder in the stack, the Overflap Folio can offer an elegant and singular home for your opus. Again, the Overflap Folio comes in sizes ranging from 8” x 10” to 16” x 20” so whether you’re housing small prints, large drawings or something in between, you’re certain to find what you need
Our Lipped Clamshell is a classic bookstyle silhouette that has become the gold standard for presentation boxes. The wooden construction ensures structural reliability and sturdiness, not to mention a premium heft when held that is complimented by the tactile quality of the linen book cloth wrap. The amazing1.5” depth of this portfolio guarantees all of your best work will be housed comfortably without any overcrowding, and can even accommodate certain dimensional creative works. The Clamshell itself opens to lay perfectly flat, and creates a dual viewing area framed within the two trays. This would be a great choice for any artist, but particularly photography and print students.
The Lipped Clamshell presentation is a prime selection for its luxurious materials and breadth when completely opened– perfect for showcasing during a crit or calling on galleries!
While the Lipped Clamshell may be the classic choice, there is yet another option to consider. If you are looking for a portfolio with the same depth as the Lipped Clamshell, but a more contemporary and commercial aesthetic, you may want to consider the Tray Box. Our Tray Box is constructed with a heavy cover board tray, and comes wrapped and lined in either smooth black Arrestox or black Brillianta linen book cloth, for a monochromatic, chic appearance. The wrap around cover and closure flap are secured with Velcro to guarantee contents are safe and sound. Like the Lipped Clamshell, the Tray Box has a 1 ½” deep tray, which means that you can fit all of your favorite works of art, a thick business plan proposal, or even an insert to hold dimensional work like jewelry and prototype miniatures. This would be a great option for those going on interviews, who may need to carry more than one resume or CV.
Somewhere between a traditional folio and a business presentation case, a display and a storage solution, the Tray Box is an unsurpassed value for your next project.