Graphic Tech. Portfolio – FINAL PROJECT

It’s time to show off what you’ve learned and created this semester, by creating a portfolio that you can hang on to and show to others. Whether you signed up for this course next year or not (and I sincerely hope that you did!), I want you to have something that shows that you made some cool things and learned some new skills and techniques in this course. If you have something impressive and interesting, it will be great to look back on later in life and may even help you to get a job or apply for other opportunities that may come up in life!

Using InDesign, you’ll put together a multi-page document that combines your best work from the course and describes some of the things you’ve learned and created along the way.

Using Adobe InDesign software create a MINIMUM eight-page portfolio of your best work completed in Graphic Tech. Page size is letter (8.5X11 inches) and orientation Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical). This portfolio will serve as the final exam for this course.

Original files must be PLACED into your document. Check for missing links or other errors using the Preflight Panel before you attempt to hand in. The finished portfolio must be properly packaged without any missing links and handed in to your usual folder. You may have a printed copy if you wish.

Your portfolio should include:

  1. An opening page: Title, image (either a photo of you or one of your best pieces of work), your full first and last name, section (class), and graphic design elements that make the page aesthetically pleasing. (Use contrast, high quality, appealing elements, effective colour choices, etc.)
  2. AT LEAST one Illustrator project that you created.
  3. AT LEAST one InDesign project that you completed.
  4. AT LEAST one Photoshop project that you completed.
  5. AT LEAST one other project of your choice.
  6. A final summation of what you learned, accomplished, or gained from the course.

EACH PAGE will contain enough information to explain the project/process/software to someone who did not take the course. Your parents, relatives, friends not in the course, or a prospective employer should be able to look at your project and understand the following things:

  • What was the goal/objective/assignment? What were you supposed to learn/include/accomplish?
  • What was your personal goal – how did you figure out what you were going to create/do/accomplish? Was your goal to make something classy, interesting, silly, serious, weird, etc.?
  • What steps were involved in completing the task?
  • What did you have to learn in order to complete the task?
  • What did you struggle with along the way?
  • How do you feel about your work in hindsight?
  • What would you do differently if you had to do this project again?

Make this as informative, interesting, and appealing as you can. This will show that you learned and accomplished something in this course and will demonstrate some of the skills that you should have picked up along the way. You will get a good mark if you do a good job, and you should be able to bring this portfolio to a job interview to show what a creative and intelligent person you are!

Sample pages:

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