Sadly, paper portfolios appear to be a bit of a rarity these days. But, thankfully, there are many designers who still recognise the power of print. Done properly, a handheld, printed portfolio can really make your work stand out and leave a long lasting impression.
Therefore, we scoured the web to find some brilliant examples of paper portfolios. Here are our five favourites...
01. ALUItalian graphic design studio Happycentro created this beautiful handheld portfolio for ALU
Italian graphic design studio Happycentro was behind this beautiful, handcrafted portfolio for modular merchandising systems company ALU. "All their products are mainly made in basic materials like aluminum, " comments the team. "We then took inspiration from the material soul of these elements to develop ALU's ID. Starting from this basis, we chose to tell the brand through a series of keywords explaining their values."
The result was this gorgeous book containing illustrations and typography made with paper cuttings. Other pages feature photos, original sketches and moodboards, with a red thread connecting the identity and products through the entire project.Intricate paper cuttings feature on many pages in this paper portfolio for ALURed thread runs throughout the portfolio, connecting the identity and products
02. Nathan HinzNathan Hinz's paper portfolio features window envelopes on each page
US-based graphic designer Nathan Hinz developed this beautiful, handheld portfolio back in the days before everybody went online. Each page is a window envelope, which displays an image and info of a project.
Hinz comments on Behance: "It allowed for a quick overview and served as a rich presentation in one book. It's completely handmade, mostly with found materials, my favorite being the spine made from orange duct tape I have never been able to re-find, sadly."Hinz created this beautiful design out of found materialsThe designer carefully selected his best work and crafted it into these display envelopes
03. Dyla RosliDyla Rosli developed this infographic paper portfolio to assist in her search for work
Dyla Rosli is an intern graphic designer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In order to assist in her search for work, she developed this cool paper, infographic portfolio.
Using matt laminated art paper, Rosli selected her best work and carefully placed images of each into this template, along with illustrations detailing her skills and personal information.The intern graphic designer carefully selected images of her best work to go into her paper portfolioRosil's design folds up neatly into this small CD cover size