Different Types of Portfolio Books and Their Importance

A portfolio is a case that carries documents or drawing.  It is also defined as pieces of creative works that are intended to be shown to a potential employer. In business terms, it is the securities held by organizations or investor. In these articles, we will not delve on the business portfolio but rather portfolio carried by students, models, and photographers.

The big question is, which is better between portfolio book and portfolio website? Printed work is more memorable than work on screens. It also creates a significant impact in a visual sense, paper feel and manipulation. Since most artists first work on a paper before digitizing their work, it is shrewd to organize their best work in a portfolio. The drawbacks of a printed portfolio are that it has a limited audience, inconvenient to carry around and require a constant visit to the print shops.

Nowadays, it is expected that top-notch artists, models and photographers have a portfolio website. One thing is that a website is flexible and ubiquitous. It fits in a pocket, and you can carry it with you if you can fit your Smartphone in the pocket. Making websites today is very simple; you don’t even require a programmer or web designer. On the downside, it is less impactful, and you will also have to learn online marketing and SEO technique to promote it.

Portfolio as a Book

A good portfolio is like reading a good book of poems. One of the missing links, especially in art school, regarding portfolio is the lack of direction in regards student portfolio. Sometimes even professional are at loss on how to present their work. It follows that without portfolio preparation courses, students and professionals are usually left unaware of what the clients are interested in seeing.

The standard portfolios are the black vinyl with double handles, acetate covers and black fill pages. The leather, plastic, or metal portfolio cases have a business like an appearance.

It is imperative to know that a portfolio book is not having printed samples embedded on the black pages. Presenting samples this way is not only sloppy, but it fails to tell your story. The book tells your career and presents your brand. Ensure you design a book. Creating your own portfolio case or book calls for quality prints. Using sloppy designers will only get you sloppy books, both print and digital. You may want to have printed designs because they not only show your work, but it is also good for leaving a copy behind.

It is prudent that you customize your portfolio for the job you are applying for. This means that you should get illustrations and designs that match a specific company and what it engages in. This call for thorough research on your part in regards to the company services and clients. Ensure you present your best work.

Portfolio Materials

Having a professional, a custom portfolio can alleviate your work and impress clients. There are myriad of book portfolio materials options. You can choose permutations and combinations that suit your design.

Custom acrylic portfolio book

Most popular acrylic materials come in matte black, blue and glossy white.  Portfolio books made of concrete and marble are also great choices. White acrylic portfolio with graphic design allows flexibility in treatments you want to use. White acrylic is great if you wish to  include a metallic color fill, multi-colored design and minimalistic design.

Matte Black Acrylic

This material has a shiny interior and exterior. It is also versatile and very easy to clean. This portfolio books are popular with photographers, architects, and graphic designers. Matte lack acrylic portfolio books do not leave fingerprints.

Frosted Clear Acrylic

Frosted Clear acrylic portfolio book is semi-transparent and comes with engraved color treatment. What’s makes this material unique is that it can be a UV cured and printed in any pattern, image, and design. It is more like creating your own colored or patterned book. It is a popular choice for designers and photographers.

Marble acrylic

This is one of the best materials for portfolio books.  It blends the beautiful patterns of marble and light features of acrylic. These portfolio books interest interior designers, photographers, and fashion designer.

Caramel and amber Bamboo

If you are looking for a natural and suitable material, then amber and caramel are suitable for you. It has a great appearance with cutout or engraving treatment. Caramel and bamboo portfolio books are suitable for an interior designer and food photographers.

Brushed Aluminum

Brushed aluminum is not only the light, but also comes with a polished and modern look. It works perfectly well with full UV prints, cutouts and larger engravings. Silver burnishing makes it more elegant thanks you the silver appearance. It is a great choice if you have light materials.

Names Disguised By Betsy Fagin Review

Poetry is inspiring, fun, potent, and more importantly, good for the soul. And what is a better poem than one which rarely uses names, or better still, people with names are hard to come by? Names Disguised is a collection of poems, well curate in sections and feature the issues of urbanization and space. The title of the book is also the title of the first section of the book.

Fagin address issues such as inequality which are a thorn in the flesh even in the contemporary world. Poets’ anthropologies, with audiences ranging from the young to the old, sometimes underrate women. However, Names Disguised comes in handy and makes up for this gap. She writes for all audiences. The author writes concerning hopes and believes in individual ability to influence change.

Betsy Poetry is an epitome of poetry genius and skill mastery.  Names Disguised is divided into three sections. The poems explore a myriad of themes ranging from greed, wealth madness, urbanization, buried eggplant, overconsumption and modernization. The titles of three parts are Names Disguised,  Names Assume Life and Given a Name. One thing that will strike definitely notice as you read is scarcity of names in Fagin poetry. The book simply eschews names. The agency falls on abstraction in a world of absent pronouns.

Opening the first page of the book, we enter a world that is inhabited, strange and enveloped by actions and hardly any agent. For instance, in one of the paragraphs, there is this line  “swift thanks. Thanks a lot ” There is an effect of someone cutting across a remote country and consequently makes it real again. While there are abstract tendencies and elevated tones, the poems have a critical voice driven by grit. The poems are definitely political.

The first part of the poem uses a political unrest language enveloped in a fantastic dream  just like Tristran by Gérard Cartier is an immersive dream. The writer dreams of a world where “leaves are desirous of election” and “licorice profanities fall.” you can’t help imagining that America is actually the world of forgotten castles described in the poem.

The second section of the book focuses on buildings.  Have you imagined this world without people? Where do we draw a line between people and things, objects and subjects? The poems create a sense of uncertainty about ourselves before we even get to the first line “One day will be homegoing” in poem entitled “Transition dynamics.” This section assesses built landscape. The author critiques the urban development, over-consumption and labor policies. Moreover, Fagin explicates how these three issues overlap.

The author shows how space politics apply in both the human body and the built environment.  In this series of three poems, she shed some hope. In the first part, a modern technocapital, is enshrined in a built landscape. In the third part, the author develops an alternative vision, as she does not confine her dream within the capitalist world.  She actually dares to dream outside this world. The important thing is that there is some hope even if it is ambiguous dwelling place.

The poems are a result of scrutiny of the obvious injustices and lack of equality. The poems are fairly enjoyable and well arranged. While they are not forceful, they use abstract, suggestive language. Personally, I found the single poems more fun than the long poems which were subdivided into small stanzas.

Fagin poetry depicts a public world that is openly held out in self-realization. Having read some of her past works, you can’t fail to realize that she is among the best. Betsy work is exactly what you need to read anytime. As one of the admirers of her work, I find I can admit that this proem is something that not only like but really believe in. The poems connect seamlessly as they address the current state of affairs. Fagin composes these poems with loads of intellect and sense of urgency.

Names Disguised a little book, with astounding peculiarity. It puts across an important message on modernization and urbanization. It is our responsibility and duty to ensure this development works to the interest of all humans. It might take you time to internalize it but is worth it. See this review. The book is a great read. I would recommend.

Awesome camera by Laura Goldstein Review

Laura Goldenstein provides powerful but brief poems to elaborate subjectivisation in the relational field.  I have been reading her poems and saying they are great is an understatement. She reminds me of  Names Disguised by Betsy Fagin. In this work – Awesome Camera – she uses a camera, in its steady state, to drive the point home. In its nature, the camera blends the topographical differences and presents a detailed relationship. The camera offers a form for determining and presenting existence. Consequently, it mends a field that formed but subjectivisation.

Basically, the author uses a camera as a knowledge medium that explicates a lot. The poem communicates in a way that resonates with us as humans. She uses a language that longs on its own as she presents small scenarios that have massive significance.


Awesome Camera revolves around how the media influences on our mediation as we witness strangers suffering. The camera can be compared to a high tech coffin that traps the viewer and a corpse in an agonizing attachment that only one of them can survive. A Laura book tends to be, much aware that a photographic image is the shrewd symbol of survival which thrives in death and stillness. The theme of temporary survival is no new in Laura works. In her first book, Loaded Arc, he explores floods narratives- the flood of Genesis and Hurricane of Katrina.

The history of the camera goes hand in hand with death, for example, the post mortem photography in the nineteenth century, especially of children and infants. This photography worked with silver plate photography, which has a slow exposure time. It is no wonder that photographs of living children were blurry with eyes having silver smudges and hands pale chiffon. The clarity of the image and realism of its capture were depended on how long it remained still.


The book touches on leaders and elections. As the people engage in small battles, the news pays little attention to detail but throw full focus on the source. The leaders emerge strong than ever. This means that they control newspapers, prices and security services as some people say.

Reading through Laura’s Awesome Camera, You can’t help notice a peculiar sense she paints a vivid description of distraction. It seems like she is dealing with a gargantuan number of photojournalistic images at the same. Through her rhythmic lines, she expresses what these images share.

Capturing Incidents

One or two frames out of thousands, short in any particular disaster become a substitute of cultural capital of the event. The photographs become a centerpiece of consciousness in public like a photo of a vulture hovering at the top of a Sudanese child or Diana Bryant falling in a collapsing building on fire on Marlborough Street with her granddaughter. That is awesome camera for you! The public reaction is gasps, shocks and shaking heads as these photos scope highest awards. These photos ensure that we remember the incident and development of the incident.

Most direct witness describes the incidents as “like a movie” or unreal. We can never see what has happened.  That is a reality that remains unreal to us. Arguably, we can deduce that witnessing is a struggle between what is real and mediated interpretation. The photographs portray survival fantasy that is fraught structurally. The author reminds us that although what you see is not what you get, it is what you forget and see over and over again.

Laura does a great job crafting a mind-blowing poem, Awesome Camera.  The occasion of the poem is an article published the New York Times published to commemorate the Iranian protest.  A protestor with a green bandana and raising two fingers accompanied the article.  Laura wanted to use the opportunity to reflect on how people received information and manipulated. She writes a series of poems finding different opportunities and occasions to think about how we develop political views.

To be a conscious being in this world, it is really mind-boggling to release the perception ability is constantly shifting and we are being manipulated or influenced.  Therefore the awesome camera is us and the media. In any case, the media is an extension of us.

Awesome camera is a great read. The poems are brilliantly written to help us reflect objectively more about the media and especially the image we come across in day to day life. By understanding our perception, we can understand the truth of what is happening around us.  You will love this work by Laura Goldstein.

Hillary Is Dreaming by Geneva Chao

Turn down the lights, hang on to your nightcaps — Hillary is Dreaming! Hilarious and true, or truly hilarious, this ripping, gripping dream of a book plays a fierce defense, shining an ultralight beam on the questions of the day. And night. An affair of the heart, lamentation and idyll, visions of eidos blaze. Earnest or ironic, or just plain cheeky, she’s (Hillary or Geneva?) “done being sorry.”

Norma Cole, author of Natural Light

Book with limited edition button.

2016 | $15

“Naked Ambition in a Pantsuit”

I’m not immune to shame,
or virtue, or ambition — that
curse word
that makes me a bright-eyed
bucket of
crazy, my mouth full of the
oyster juice you put there;
or some bloody-mouthed
baby eater raving
with hunger like a tidal
wave, mowing down
the hapless who flee before it,
cracking bones;
spit or swallow
is never an old question,
some things stick
in the craw, some things
are worse going up
than down. I don’t pretend
not to want more than
give me my sin again, not to
think better of my mouth
than some golden boy’s
convenient spittoon —
common folk use pop
bottles for that and it’s
just as efficient. Let us
therefore make a deal; I’ll
stash my shame in the back
pocket of these pants and
you’ll take aim
again, from behind the yellow line
this time, and all of these
prizes are ours.

“Naked Ambition in a Pantsuit” was previously featured in Boston Review.
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Radios by Danny Snelson

Radios uses every word and punctuation mark in Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (1977) in the endeavor to recompose John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1674). Wherever he composed the holes, I filled them in. ‘Nothing is erased, everything is lost.’”

– Danny Snelson

Danny Snelson knows of man’s first attenuation, that erasure bears non-erasure, re-erasure, unerasure, the un-whitening by a half tone, and the refillable cartridge. Such cartridge mecanique is destined by providence for serial insertion in any mechanism, from radi os “syntactic static” to radios sweet saccharine transmission and the fruit of that first orbital taste. Turn down the dial OS muse, oh solar o, o attenuation.
– Tan Lin

Danny Snelson continues to amaze me with his unprecedented ability to cut to the heart of a genre or practice — whether it’s “conceptual writing” or the epic catalogue or the archival impulse or (in this case) the ubiquitous “erasure poem.” In the process, Snelson makes major statements with his very first forays, and his interventions simultaneously critique, revitalize, and render obsolete the mode in question with a single stroke. He is a poet of apotheosis. Radios, moreover, is enticingly readable on its own terms — though those terms are themselves self-reflexively historical in their dialectic between Milton and Johnson, presence and absence, memory and speculation, parody and pastiche. Plus, if you miss the old Hanuman books that Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente used to issue from the Chelsea Hotel in the ’80s, you’ll be delighted with the format and design.
– Craig Dworkin

2016 | $14

Far Rainbow by Ed Steck

Steck’s “wild lit up cocoon” of a poem cruises interior expanses of “this geo-asshole world.” I is always a profligate brood of aliens sailing forth on a data sea, synthesizing feeling in the poem-chamber’s triangulated infinities. Like the best sci-fi, Far Rainbow cuts right to the quick of our broke-down sense-making apparatuses, scouring the deft pockets and knock-off truth markets of “clicking rhetorical innovation” to reconstitute our daily dystopia with rare elegance, buoyancy, and clarity.

– Daniel Owen

Limited Edition | 2016 | $12

Tristran by Gérard Cartier

A retelling of the Tristan and Isolde myth through the lens of the translator, Cartier’s book is an immersive dream. The French language review in Mediapart says: “Here is a book of poems in the process of writing themselves, which is also a fictional tale, in ignorance of a defined project, subject to change encounters, different authors and versions of the legend; melding spaces and centuries as diverse as a moor or the streets of a industrial city. The poet is at the heart of this mental landscape, and is himself a character — perhaps another Tristan…”

Translated by Genève Chao.

Limited Edition | 2015 | $16 |

Names Disguised by Betsy Fagin

I’ve been in love with Betsy Fagin’s poetry for years. I’d hear her read, or see some of her poems here & there, & think on each occasions ‘Woah Besty is the BEST!’. Why isn’t there more of her writing to read, everywhere? It’s what I want, what I need to read, every time I turn around.’ Because for me this is the poetry that I not only admire but that I desperately believe in. Reading this book was like watching a talisman I’d been forever in need of materialize the gradual & granular concatenation of a contraband poetics where exodus alights on the limns of elision & with & contesting absolutely, privation’s wreckage, ie the present state of things. So these poems are composed & composing by way of intellect, urgency & music. I guess that’s why it feels like the talisman I’ve so long been in word, it’s like a truly public world in realization of itself, held out in the open, wounded & completely undeterred.

—Dana Ward

 | 2014 | $14 | 

23 Women to Kiss Before You Die by Diana Hamilton

“There are also men in the world,” Lydia Davis writes: “Sometimes we forget, and think there are only women—endless hills and plains of unresisting women.” Diana Hamilton’s Make Now chapbook, 23 Women to Kiss Before You Die (Make Now Press), agrees with Davis. The book is a collection of four poems about consent, female sexuality, and the quotidian. Hamilton’s first book, Okay, Okay (Truck Books 2012) dealt primarily with women crying at work, and two other chapbooks came out in 2014: 1. Universe (Ugly Duckling Presse), a long poem about examples in moral philosophy, and 2. Some Shit Advice (The Physiocrats), in which the speaker provides advice about shitting.

Limited Edition | 2014 | $9.00