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Sara Eisenman (Milton, MA) started designing books in 1977 at Random House and later designed for Pantheon, Knopf, the Modern Library, and Houghton Mifflin. She is an award-winning designer who has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Product Details

  • Series: Design Field Guide
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592534384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592534388
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Alachniewicz on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a pretty good book. It shows a variety of portfolios and explains some of the ideas that went into them. It's almost more of a showcase though than a learning tool. I don't feel that the author teaches much. She shows the portfolio then describes a little about what makes it work, and that is all. I would prefer it if she also showed some bad portfolio designs and show why they do not work.

Some of the web portfolio she shows are pretty lackluster. One is built with flash and has pixelated type. The 'design' of it doesn't seem all that fantastic either.

I felt like many of the portfolios shown were more about theory than practice. Cutsie ideas that may work in a school environment but may not work in the real world.

Stan Alachniewicz

Designer for 6 years.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wakefield on October 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While I'm not a design newbie, I am still in the beginning of my career and my portfolio continues to be a challenge. This is the first book on portfolios that I've actually found to be helpful and inspiring. I love that she shows and addresses resumes and cover letters, and I love that various types of portfolios are addressed. I only wish there were more comments/quotes/advice from well-known designers in the industry. It feels like the ones that were included were rather old or too specific to one area of design. But overall, definitely worth the read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angela Comer on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a great book for those looking for ideas on making a new portfolio. Especially students about to graduate (like me). I got the idea for my portfolio from this book. It shows a ton of awesome examples in there and it is really inspiring.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on March 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am an architect with 15 years experience, and am thinking of making a book type portfolio. This book has some nice images but it is primarily geared toward graphic designers. I would not recommend it for an architecture design portfolio. The title is a little misleading..... Building Design Portfolios..... its not about "building" in the sense of constructed habitats....
Beautifully designed book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Cleary on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great at getting ideas going for portfolio's and resumes. Unlike other books I have where they just show you very basic layouts, this book shows you very innovative ideas and various ways to go about designing and creating your portfolio.
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I started reading it and I can say it keeps a fast pace and covers very well the details that might make the difference for your portfolio. I'm very concerned with building my portfolio and I think it already made me feel confident on having the right information to get the job done in the most accurate way.
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First part: How to build a portfolio, which is pretty good. Second part: Example portfolios, which is not worth looking at. No real architecture portfolio examples, which stinks.
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By Feathers on June 5, 2013
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This book was a lot of fun, it definitely gives inspiration for good portfolio ideas and teaches exactly what kind of work, focus and materials should (or could) be found in one.
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