Portfolios, Then and Now

Back in the 80’s, this was the standard design graduate’s portfolio. Well, it was mine, at any rate. We hand-drafted our work with ink on Mylar and took it to a shop to have it photographed and printed onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets. Then we put them in a plastic sleeve and were off to look for a job.

A floor plan and isometric of a project my senior year.

Sketches I made on a senior trip to Chichen-Itza, Mexico.

Plan, section and isometric of a project my senior year.

Photographs. The one one the left is of the elevator tower in the College of Design at Iowa State University, from where I graduated.

Today’s students have this.  Images of their work are printed onto holographic sheets (and they’re light for easy carrying), becoming visible under a flashlight. Wow!