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5 Best Architecture Portfolios to get Inspired! w/ @ShowItBetter

Yeah. So we're actually in the same
room to review some portfolios. This is episode four of the series. Remember that if you want to check
out all of the episodes, there will be a playlist in the video description. In this video, we're gonna be looking
at five incredible portfolios that you can use as a good source of
inspiration, and we want to thank the team at Issuu for sponsoring this video. Issuu is the industry standard website
to host and share your portfolio online. Yeah, we appreciate the support
more on it in a second, but first let's dive into the portfolios. Okay, so the first portfolio is
from Mar Gonzalez Cardona, and this is an amazing portfolio,
really good source of inspiration. You're gonna see that it's
incredible from start to finish. It really has a balance between. Line drawings, written text,
and a lot of collages really well put together collages. So as you can notice, there are very
few renderings here, uh, but the portfolio is not worse because of
it or it's not lacking more renders. In fact, on the contrary, she brings so
much personality with these, uh, collages and she adds a lot of depth to it.

So, It just goes to say that
you don't have to include renderings in your portfolio. And then when it comes to text layout
and overall sizing and positioning, she's also got that under control for sure. As you can see, it is however
concentrated at the beginning of every project opening as you can see. But, but she's managed to
synthesize a nerve, and those are manageable pieces of information. Maybe I would like to see this
in, in every other page, a little bit of textile so that you, you
can break that down even more. And to wrap this amazing portfolio, I
found that it was so interesting that her collages are, are powerful as to
the point that you, you can relate to the very first line of, of this
project, for example, so that you can, you can connect both just by a glance.

And also this happens
throughout her whole portfolio. Overall, we were really
impressed with this portfolio. The use of white space here was
just incredible and thank you Mar for sending in your portfolio. Let's check in the other one. Yep. Okay, so let's check in our
next portfolio, which was by Joonas Castren or Joonas. But Joonas, we really
liked your portfolio. What we really most liked was the cover. It's a very strong cover. You know, when we, when you see it in
a sea of portfolios, you need a cover that stands out because it's different
because it's, it has color, or in this case, because it has, because it has a
maquette of picture of a, like a physical maquette, and it's very personal.

And right off the bat, like
we opened this portfolio. And both of us just wanted to pick as
one of the selected ones for you guys, because this is the best cover I've seen. And in this, this, uh, selection of
portfolios that we made this time. Now we always suggest that you always
start with your strongest project, right? And this also applies to the strongest
drawing, you know, uh, as you can see, this is a little bit different from the
usual project opening that you have. It goes right into, Uh, content itself. Uh, sometimes people use templates,
you know, like project opening template, and then they dive
into the actual information. This is, it's different, but it's
so well done and I think it ex it explains the project at a glance. 10 out of 10 for sure, from me. Hey, look at this powerful section. I mean, yeah. The balance between the, the
section, the text, how it like, wraps around the section and
there's just enough white space. So maybe in your section, the
sections you have made, maybe they have, you know, black space around
or they have a lot of annotations.

But remember that you can edit your
drawings, you can edit your sections when you input them into your portfolio. So maybe you would have to do a
little bit of editing, but the, the, the, the work is worth it, you know. So here, I think this is a very impactful
drawing to start and it tells us a lot about what we're going to see. And the next few spreads and, and just
asles comment on this, on the section. Notice that it doesn't have a, a ground
fill, a ground section, feel, you know, so it doesn't have that weight. And also notice that the text is
divided into multiple tidal subtitle, body text, and, and it has hierarchy
within the, the, the text as well. And there's a lot of high
quality technical drawings. I mean, you can notice that
he works very well with line weight and with line patterns. I mean, he can even include drawings
like this, which is, are like section details, which I find are very,
very interesting when you see in a portfolio and here on the pages 14
and 15, I felt a little bit that this timeline here was, was out of place.

Uh, it was distracting a bit from this. Very interesting. Uh, detailed section,
uh, zoomed in section. And also gotta say that sometimes
call out lines don't work as well. For instance, this drawing has very
thin lines and plays up well with line weight, but in a, in a subtle way. But when you, when you overlay all of
these call out lines, the way that he's doing, It may be a bit distracting. So what I usually suggest, and I don't
know if you agree with me, Steven, but use Numberings or uh, letterings
so that you can, you can separate that information from the drawing
because in important photo, sometimes you are not gonna dive into that
very specific technical information. It's more about the, the bigger scale. The, the looking from
a, from the outside and. That might work better. Sometimes call out lines, work
in some drawings, and then, you know, text works in some drawings. That adds a more personal
personality to it. In this case, it just makes it
look much more dense and necessary information, necessary balance. But I get your point. Yeah, yeah, for sure.

Yeah. I think this numbering could have been
done like centered here, so that as if it was completing this, this void space
here, you know, but, but to, to the right so that it also maintain the alignment. He was, he was looking for,
Maybe it could be an option. I think one good, uh, reference that
you guys could check out, if you want to look at section drawings
that are very detailed but are very. Suited por portfolios is, uh, graphic, uh,
the graphic anatomy book by Adier, Baal. Have you seen it? Yeah. Yeah. Which has a lot of sections with a
lot of details, a lot of text, but it just plays very well with the drawing. All right, Jonas, thank you
for sending in your portfolio. Really Ha. We had a lot of fun reviewing it. And let's go on our next portfolio. Okay, so this is the third
portfolio from Nicola, and this is a very interesting portfolio. It starts off as usual, you
know, cover cg, all all that stuff that we are used to. But then you, you diving straight
into the first project and once you go through the pages, you're gonna
see that the projects get even better.

Which I know that he probably started
with the strongest project, but for me, the second one is just the
one that wins it for me for sure. All of the drawings, images,
clutches, take a look. Yeah, I mean it's really impressive. And one of the things that we also notice
is how he uses titles in his projects. You know, sometimes, You think
titles are maybe the least important part of the project, but. Here For him, it's really important
how he titles his projects and how, uh, relevant they are within the portfolio.

So sometimes, for example, in this
spread, you think that the ti like you understand that the title is part
of the project, is part of like his questioning process throughout the
project of how he's investigating it. And it leads you to understand that
there's a storytelling process behind it. That there's a journey when you start from
the first page to the, to the last page of each project and of the whole portfolio
that he's trying to tell a story, which overall is like really important. Yeah, because it's, it's your story. It's the story of the work you've
done throughout many years that you're telling to the viewer.

It feels exactly that, like an
extra layer of storytelling that ties everything into a narrative. I don't think he works every time. Now every portfolio should have
this, uh, these subtitles or second layer titles in the pages. But here I think it worked really good. And one thing I really liked are the
concise use of rendering EC collages. I really liked the sections,
like we were talking about sections of the last portfolio. And if you look at this drawing,
it looks so much very technical, but it also has so much detail. It's like very rich.

Like for me, this could be. One whole spread and it could still
work really good, you know, but the fact that he managed to add other information
like this very interesting rendering slash collage with the plan, and it has
a very noticeable hierarchy going on. Whereas you, you see the subtitle that
we were mentioning, the so incredible section, the plan that's minimal, but
it's there and the image, you don't see it repeating two images in the same spread. So they are not competing. For me, it doesn't look dense at all. It looks really, really like
there's a lot of space to breathe. Again, a portfolio is really a result
of your own personal archival projects and drawings, images, and so on. So yeah, grabbing something like
this and trying to implement to your, uh, portfolio. Will not work out, but maybe you can
take some of the, the work that Nicola has done here as an inspiration. All right, Nicola, thank you
for sending in your portfolio. Very concise, very precise drawings,
and let's go on to our next one. Before we continue, we wanna thank
Issuu for sponsoring this video.

It's thanks to these types of
sponsors that we can create free content for you here on YouTube. Issuu is a digital publishing
platform that allows you to share your portfolio online with
colleagues, friends, and employees. It's used by everyone, and it's pretty
much the industry standard at this point. You get a single custom link that's
easy to share across the web, plus that incredible page flip effect that
adds to the whole viewing experience. And this is a constant
question that we get. How do you guys show portfolios
in such an interactive way? Well, issue is a secret ingredient. Yeah, it is. And it's a robust platform that offers a
lot of information in the backend as well. You get access to analytics so you can
see where the viewers are coming from. You can share your portfolio
as a full screen or even embedded in different places. It's as simple as creating your account. Dragging in portfolio, adjusting some of
the settings, and then hitting upload. You can even upload from InDesign itself. Just download the free plugin
from issues website, install it, and you can then access it from
the tab window under extensions.

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