I have a portfolio review coming up within the next two weeks for CCS
The requirements are that I have ten images of my work, five of real life drawing/art of what I see and five images of my field of interest.
I’m applying for a product design degree but my only reason for getting the degree is to ultimately design footwear or product relating to footwear.
Should my five images of field interest incorporate “product” like tools, furniture, utensils and appliances? Or would it be better to focus it on things related to footwear like a shoe, shoe carrying devise, bicycle, cycling apparel and a bike rack for your car?
Should I design and build a special portfolio case that reflects the tone of the contents, or just use a standard black off of the shelf case.
I thank you for any advise on this matter you can share as it is critical to the path I have chosen and it will set the tone for my educational career.
maybe i am misunderstanding, but if they are asking for 5 images of your field of interest, and you field of interest is footwear, then I would think that you just answered your own question? I dont think that you should show appliances if this is the case…
This is for entrance into the product design program in general, so I would show some variety at this point, you can easily narrow your focus once you’re in the door. If this means creating a ton of new work, it may be a little more risky of an endeavor.
I know you mentioned involvement with Urban clothing, etc in other posts, any chance you have anything there that could translate to product design?
yeah for entrance you definitely need to show some variety. Two weeks is not much time though. Hopefully you have a majority of this completed and you are trying to narrow down your work.
When it comes to picking one interest over another, go with what is a stronger piece. I would much rather see something that was done well, over something thats different but doesn’t show your talents to your full potential.
Here is a sample of my work.
ECRU was a brand I was going to launch but decided to hold off while I completed a construction project with my home…took me all summer, but I was fit as a fiddle
There is quite a bit going there so I’ll let you just take a look at it. All of the real products I made. I don’t think it’s correct for me to add items that have been manufactured by a manufacturer to the portfolio. What do you think?
I am going to go out on a limb and say that you’re in great shape for an entrance portfolio.
anybody else got an opinion??
I would concentrate on getting it all in a nice/neat presentation format to allow you to really tell the story for each project. You probably don’t need that (full story and process) at this point (for every project), but use it where you have it and it should help you stand out.
Thanks for the input. Actually every item has a story that can be elaborated on but it’s probably best to keep it tight. I’m sure the reviewer has seen a bunch of items with big stories behind them. I might make a flip cartoon book of how the bag proportions came to be, that would give them something to interact with and it will tell the story nicely.
–I was sitting outside my studio when a little kid went zooming by me on bike, skidz the brakes and jump off then runs into the store.
After a few moments he comes running out with a 2litre bottle of soda in a plastic bag, you know the bag type… the generic one with the two holes on the side that every store has. Brilliant design by the way.
He then throws one arm through a hole then his other, the soda bottle laid horizontally along the bottom of the bag and hit him at hip level. He then bent over… “bag staying on his back at hip level not even moving” and picked up his bike. He then shot off like a rocket all the while he was peddling out of sight the bottle stayed put with minimal movement.
If you look at all of my bags you’ll see what I am saying and the influence of that fateful day.
That would translate to a flip book easily… I’ll build a tester and make an animated gif. It will be stick like figure but it will be cool I think…
I was thinking that I really don’t want to show brands that I am not involved with, this is a main reason I rarely apply an existing brand to my drawings. I try to design items that are not updates to pre-existing proprietary product but come from an inventive new perspective point of view, some time I get it correct and sometime I miss the mark but I can never be accused of plagiarizing anyones work.
So I had to analize what could be a hypothetical brand that I could develop through my educational career and it hit.
This stands for… man (me) Technically Inspired Shoes.
I also think it will be good to show my process of creating a brand for the portfolio.
**I do not own the rights to this name nor am I commercially marketing this brand… damn disclosures.
Today I am going to concentrate on the portfolio case itself. Here is the drawing. This is my first sketch but I thinks it’s damn close to what I want.
After I complete the final drawings of this item I think I need to explore creating an “ideation” page for something. I have been going through my drawings and I am realizing that as in the portfolio drawing I rarely search for what I want to design on paper. I don’t think this is due to laziness, I think it’s due to how I process designing. I design it in my head, flip, turn it, re-design it and then draw it. We’ll see how it goes.
This piece will be explained when I make the next post later.
This is pretty sweet. It has multiple configurations while taking up the minimal space. Both sides of the board will contain images, I’ll mock up some on the model or I might draw it in sketchbook pro loosely.
This is why one has to make models, even though my sketch is pretty close I would have never realized some of the functions if I never built it. Take for instance the way it folds and closes. You can use the drawing above for reference.
Oh I only used the tools in the first pic and some tape