End of the Year Portfolio

Amanda Belue ’15
Over the last year and a half, I have diligently worked through the Museum Communication Program here at UArts. During that time, I have had the opportunity to create pieces of that I have chosen to include in my final portfolio as a way to showcase my skills as a communicator, a designer, and ultimately a museum professional.
Typeface Exercise – Rockwell –
My portfolio inspiration came from two sources: first being my resume which was designed as part of an exercise during my Museum Graphics course in the Fall of 2013, second being several portfolios found during stolen moments on Pinterest. The portfolio itself is made up of several parts. The first piece is the above mentioned resume, which depending on the job opening has multiple iterations. The second section includes written works including a sample blog post, social media calendar, and will eventually include an excerpt from my completed thesis coming to a screen near you in early 2015. The third portion will consist of graphic design work completed during my tenure at UArts during classes and my internship at Art-Reach. These include social media collateral, an event invitation, a brochure, and two type-face exercises. Eventually this will also include an excerpt from my thesis companion piece. The last portion of my portfolio is a small sampling of my photography. This is a combination of work related object photography and out of office hobby photography. I chose to include this because I felt it was important for a portfolio to reflect a good portion of my skills that can be utilized within this field. I consider photography, whether it be for collections or communications, to be an important skill to have and to showcase.
FB Banner for the Art-Reach Fall Festival
I found the process in creating this portfolio to be a very rewarding experience. First, it forced me to realize how much work I have actually completed in such a short amount of time. I was able to look through my work and feel proud of my accomplishments. Secondly, it forced me to think about the products that would showcase the skills that I highlight within my thesis. It was a great exercise to put yourself in the shoes of a potential employer. While this portfolio is a bit larger than one that I would send an actually employer, I am now able to put together a job specific portfolio in no time. Lastly, the process of putting together the portfolio was great as well. I was forced to find a great way to showcase my work, while also highlighting design and communication skills. Eventually I would like to morph this portfolio into a personal website that will give me a platform to communicate my thoughts and ideas to the museum community as a whole.