Portfolio Inventory
This inventory includes my design work that has accumulated from the past 4 years of my education. By the end of this book, I will be able to determine which pieces are portfolio worthy, which I can rework, and which will be abandoned. It will also help me to recognize the amount of growth that I have made in the past few years and realize where I stand as a designer. These past few years, I have learned a great deal, but there is also room to grow. Evaluating myself will help me pinpoint the areas in which I can improve. I am also hoping that this inventory will help me to spot my strengths and possibly even point me in a direction of design to pursue. Each project will be scored from one to five in ten different criteria and then will receive an overall score out of 50.

Sketches were completed and a grid was established to lock the layout and composition in to place. The grid allowed for a ton of information to fit on one page in a comfortable way. Ample margins allow for both the binding and negative space to give the viewer a break from the information packed in the center. The margins also leave room for the viewer to hold the bottom of the page without obstructing the view of the typography. Mr Eaves XL Mod OT Bold was used for the headings and subheadings and paired with Mrs Eaves OT Roman and Italics for the body copy and documentation column respectively. The color green was chosen to nod to the idea of growth and to reflect my passion for the natural world. Circles are a reoccurring theme that also mimics the cycle of growth that is needed to be a great designer.

The process of creating this inventory was long and extensive, but extremely worth it. Self critique has always been something that has been of importance to me. They say we are our own worst critics, which is entirely true on my behalf. I tend to be very self-critical when assessing my own work, but breaking down the scoring into ten different categories gives me the chance to be more objective and look at the projects in terms of strengths and weaknesses. I was able to pick out which aspects of each project I have excelled at and areas that need more work instead of looking at the project as a whole and deeming it "good" or "bad." With that being said, I tried to look at my work from the point of view of a design professional that does not know me, which helped me be objective when scoring my work. Though not every project I have done has made it in to this inventory, it is nice to see the amount of projects I have completed. Overall, I am excited to see how many projects I consider portfolio worthy and which I will be able to revisit and improve. Throughout this inventory, there is a trend of growth and improvement from the beginning of my career to where I am now in my last semester of school. I look forward to continuing my journey of knowledge and growth and can't wait to see what the future holds for me in the world of design.

Draft Progression

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