A modular new media portfolio.
February 7, 2010 12:46 PM Subscribe
I've decided to finally get create a portfolio modular enough so that I'll be able to reuse parts of it for at least a year or so. But how ought I go about this so as not to waste time.
posted by monocultured to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm an artist who works with web, sound, photography, video and text. 2010 is the year where I'm getting my stuff together and I'm applying for shows, grants, stipends and AIR programs. And for each program, I'm finding myself throwing a new portfolio together, and it's getting to the point where I realise that 50 hours spent on coming up with a sustainable, long-term solution to the portfolio would save me a ton of work and aggravation, so I'm casting about the best way of doing this.
I'd like the end product to be a system whereby I'd be able to specify (for example) to use the short-text English version of three selected art pieces, and have a pdf output, ready for either print or email, with a table of content and an introductory cover letter. (which would be specific to that particular output)
I guess I could bite the bullet and do this in LaTex; Being able to markup different versions of the project descriptions (I'd need them in Swedish as well as in English) would be useful, but I wonder if there isn't a neater DB solution for this, which isn't as thick with the ugly.
The brute force way of doing this would be do do finished, separate designs of each project description in InDesign or somesuch, and then just join whatever PDFs I need into a finished document. Doing global changes to the layout would be impossible though, as would proper page numbering and a TOC which takes the cover letter into account.
So maybe FileMaker or another such app would do? An added bonus would be if I could export for web, either into straight html or integrated with MySql or a CMS front end. (I'm using Wordpress)
Perfection is indeed the enemy of good, so as things stand I just want to get this done. Please advise.