RISD/INTAR/PORTFOLIO
WS 2021
Zoom
Slack

Miro

Web

2021 Portfolios 2020 Portfolios
Syllabus + Class Description: This class is primarily intended as a means for students in their year of graduation from the Department to prepare their portfolios for interviews with potential employers and for entry to the professional world of design. The course will be helpful to all those who wish to gain some knowledge of techniques which will enhance the presentation of design work already completed. This is an essential aspect of the class, and should not be regarded as an opportunity to extend further design work on earlier studios, although some refinement of existing drawings will be necessary. InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop software is required.
Deliverables:Three copies each of your portfolio, résumé, and cover letter: one for the INTARCH department, one for me (the instructor), and one for you to keep. You are not required to print and bind your portfolio this year.

You will also build (or refine) your website for this class which will be stored on Cargo.
Week 1

Class 1

In Class

Daily Designers:

Linked By Air
Nejc Prah
OMA
The Whitney Museum

  1. Introduction of Syllabus
  2. Portfolio Lecture
  3. Show and Tell Portfolios
  4. InDesign Tutorial (Resume)
  5. Exhibition Compositions (due at 1pm)

Homework Due

Post 3 portfolio examples to the spreadsheet (here) that you like. Be prepared to explain why!
Look at the resume examples in this RISD Career Center Guide and put together your most up-to-date resume.
  • Just text for now—we will learn layout design next week.
Begin gathering projects/images for your portfolio.

Class 2

In Class

Daily Designers:

Bethany Heck
Julia Hasting
James Goggin
Other Library

  1. 8 Typefaces
  2. Resume Workshopping
  3. InDesign Tutorial (Spread)
    • Master Pages
    • Bullet Points
    • Justification Settings
    • Paragraph Styles

Homework Due

Choose 6 potential typefaces (3 serif, 3 sans-serif) for your portfolio.
  • What typeface/font will you use for your titles and body text?
  • Check out Fonts in Use for inspiration.
Create 3 completely different layouts of your resume in InDesign.
  • Post in Miro for group crit.
Post images of 5–8 projects you will include in your portfolio.

Class 3

In Class

Daily Designers:

Lorraine Wild
Pentagram
Metahaven

  1. Typography & Layout
  2. Deconstruction of Last Year’s Portfolios
    (Part 1)
  3. Spread Workshopping (Part 1)
  4. Begin Draft of Concept Statement

Homework Due

Create 3 completely different spread layouts for two projects in InDesign.
  • Post in Miro for group crit.
Look at the resume examples in this RISD Career Center Guide and put together your most up-to-date resume.
  • Revise one of your three.
Begin gathering projects/images for your portfolio.
Week 2

Class 4

In Class

Daily Designers:

Laura Coombs
Experimental Jetset
Mindy Seu

  1. Deconstruction of Portfolios (Part 2)
    • Look carefully at the Concept Statements
  2. Spread Workshopping (Part 2)
  3. Introduction to Cargo Collective
  4. Group Crit

Homework Due

Draft a Flatplan of your Portfolio

Compose 3 Covers for your Portfolio
Week 3

Class 5

In Class

Daily Designers:

Other Means
Neil Donelly
arc

  1. Portfolio & Website Workshopping (Part 1)
  2. Cover Letter Introduction
  3. HTML/CSS Tutorial
  4. Work Time

Homework Due

Compose a Draft Portfolio with just images and dummy-text.
  • All images need to be high resolution: minimum 150dpi (recommended: 300dpi)
  • Use Union for the layout (you're just considering the layout).
  • Experiment with your page size (and CMYK color).
Share your Cargo Collective draft (with at least one project) in Slack.

Class 6

In Class

Daily Designers:

Forthcoming Studio
Mark Owens
Eric Hu

  1. Cover Letter Tutorial
  2. Portfolio & Website Workshopping (Part 2)

Homework Due

Post Glitch website composition in Slack.
  • You will take a project description and post in on a mini-website. This website will include: the name of the project, the description, a font you import using @font-face, and one image.
Full Draft Mock-up of your portfolio

Class 7

In Class

Daily Designers:

Cem Eskinazi
Elaine Lopez
Olivia de Salve Villedieu

  1. Cargo Collective Walkthrough
  2. Jquery Tutorial
  3. Gestalt Principles Lecture
  4. Gestalt Activity
    • Post in Miro for group crit.

Homework Due

Post Cargo Collective Site with at least 4 projects included.

Post Full Cover Letter in Slack
Week 4

Class 8

In Class

Daily Designers:

David Reinfurt
Kasper Florio
Mike Mills

  1. Media-Query Tutorial
  2. Small Group Crit: Portfolio Mock-ups
  3. Individual check-ins (Part 1)

Homework Due

Post completed Cargo Collective site

Class 9

In Class

Daily Designers:

Lorraine Wild
Collins
Raf Rennie

  1. Individual check-ins (Part 2)

Homework Due

Full Draft Mock-up of your portfolio
  • We will discuss ordering and binding through Blurb
Complete documentation and project descriptions of your portfolio projects.
  • We will edit these in class.
Week 5

Class 10

In Class

Daily Designers:

mgmt
Synoptic Office
Jacob Wise

  1. Individual Meetings (Part 1)

Homework Due

Bring the following to Individual Meetings:
  • Edited portfolio—InDesign or PDF
  • Edited resume
  • Draft of your Cover Letter
  • Cargo Collective Website

Class 11

In Class

Print-on-Demand Services:

Blurb
Lulu
Mixam

  1. Individual Meetings (Part 2)

Homework Due

Bring the following to Individual Meetings:
  • Edited portfolio—InDesign or PDF
  • Edited resume
  • Draft of your Cover Letter
  • Cargo Collective Website

Class 12

WORKDAY
  • I will be available if you want to talk—email in advance to schedule a time.
DUE AT 5PM:
  • 3 copies of your final portfolio book, resume, and cover letter
  • I will keep 2 of these copies: one for me, one for the INTAR department