above: Typography by Heather Noddings and applied to a t-shirt for a 210 assignment.
Welcome to the third installment of Command Save interviewing 2009 Spring Portfolio Review participants. This information is meant to help the 2010 Sophomore Portfolio Review Participants! Read on!
We asked Junior Heather Noddings a few questions and she graciously supplied answers!Please share anything you think is relevant regarding your education at PSU.
Make the absolute most of your time here! The awesome Show and Tells? Go! Studio Tours? Go! Hanging with other design kids? Go! Those are some of the best ways to get real-world info, and make contacts. You know all those faces in your classrooms are your future* co-workers and collaborators, right?
*why wait until it's the future? Get working with your peers! :]
above: Pieces that Heather submitted to the review. See them here!
Please share your process for putting your portfolio together.
First, I did what I usually do when there's something scary looming on the horizon: I freaked out. Then, I made a list. Several actually, mostly on what was needed for the review, what pieces I wanted to use, what changes those pieces needed and the ball started rolling. Some things needed touchups (read: all of them needed touchups.), and nearly all of the pieces I used were multiple pages, and so I had a lot of printing. I've recently realized that the further you go in the program, the more pieces you have for each project. And sure you can show just parts of projects, but that just doesn't show you or your work off to best advantage.
I ended up buying my own printer and was so much happier for it. 2:00 am printing? Hellz yes! It's a bit of an investment as far as cost and supplies go, but I found it totally worth it. (I got the Epson 1400 and highly recommend it for those of you looking. Check it out!)
Overall, it was a completely draining, time-consuming, amazing endeavor. Best of luck!
Please share any advice / thoughts for students who will be submitting their portfolios.
•You learn so. much. more. after a class has ended and a project been turned in. Updating and fixing older projects that had a good concept, but maybe not a stellar execution is a good thing.
• Feel free to get opinions on your work. Teachers. Classmates. the Friends of Graphic Design flickr pool.
• You know that gorgeous pile of work that you've slaved over, and just spent a small fortune printing out? Don't destroy it with dull ex-acto blades, and sloppy mounting. Craft matters, and nothing makes a fierce piece of work look grosser than scruffy edges and totally crooked angles.
• Plan ahead to make sure you have time. And sort of a lot of it. Make sure you've got your work printed and ready for cutting, mounting, and mistakes well in advance of the drop off date, 'cause that is the stuff that takes time.
• The Portfolio Review is not a class where the teacher knows how much effort you've put into the project and let's the little problems slide. It's a pretty big deal and nobody is going to listen to excuses about why it is what it is, and not what you wanted it to be. Clients won't either.