Creating Your Interior Design Portfolio
A great portfolio can be your portal to better and better work as in interior designer. Here
are a few tips to get you started.
What To Include:
Depending on how long you have been in the business, you may have a lot of project to
choose from to include in your portfolio, or perhaps just a few. The key is to make sure
that at the end of every job, you take pains to ensure that there are lots of high-quality
photographs of your work. You can hire a professional or take a class or two and learn to
do this yourself. Since these photographs are all your potential clients will have to go on
when judging your work, they need to be as well presented and professional looking as
You should include somewhere around a half a dozen or so projects in your portfolio. If
you have enough work under your belt that you can tailor your portfolio to the needs of
each client you show it too, all the better. If you are not quite there yet, simply make sure
that your book shows off the best of your work and that it includes examples that show a
nice range of work and abilities.
There should be an introduction wherein you explain your background and experience as
well as your overall philosophy when it comes to design. Here is also where you can toot
your horn a little bit about any specialized skills you have acquired and any awards you
may have received.
Compiling Your Information:
There should be a little bit of background information included with your images, such as
drawings, the materials that you used, and especially "before, during, and after" shots. If
you have the ability to use special tools and methods, include that information as well.
There should be a few pages for each project that show the work as it progressed. The
pages should be arranged chronologically, with perhaps a really nice shot of the finished
project introducing each section. Add a short bit of text to any pages you feel may benefit
from some explanation.
You should, of course, always be