The Blogfolio: Reimagining the Way Creatives Present Work
Friends, this is my anniversary year. 20 years experience.
20 years of desktop folders full of photos and vector art called "inspiration". (And 20 years of explaining the difference between the file types to clients.) 20 years of naming conventions that include suffixes such as "finalFinalFINALv2". 20 years of amazing work for tiny clients, and templated work for huge ones. (And thankfully, every once in a while, the reverse.) 20 years of winning a few prestigious awards. And losing more than I can count. 20 years of running big departments and barely launching Illustrator, or having no reports and trying to do absolutely everything myself... with barely anything in-between.
And it got me thinking about my portfolio. And that the fact that ANYONE who has done ANYTHING for two decades will have more work to show than they could ever could have imagined when they started. But see, that's the thing, it's not just about the work anymore. It's about the story. The thought processes. The ideas. The challenges. And the methodologies. It's about a unique vision. And being a mentor. And a friend. And ultimately, it's about showing other people the narrative of how you arrived at your destination.
And a slideshow of flats simply can't tell that story effectively.
So I have decided that this professional anniversary will also be my personal portfolio's reinvention. And have combined two well-recognized, but disparate, mediums of expression to launch my first Portfolio Blog. My Blogfolio.
And while I'll still use my new Blogfolio to showcase new or interesting work I create, it'll also be a place to tell stories, discuss issues and trends, explore process, get help, ask questions, and share experiences.
After all, we are communication experts. And when has an effective story ever been told without a healthy relationship between design and content.
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Thanks for listening, and here's to another 20 years of creativity, exploration, learning, and friendship!
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