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HandBound Portfolio

Hello

My name is Dalitso Malikebu and I am an artist and graphic designer.

The design process of my portfolio

Here is my mood board

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I decided to create a book with the screw post binding method as it is versatile since pages can be added and taken out at will. I couldn't decide what pattern or paper to use for the book (read paralysis analysis) so I went with white paper.

I do not have power tools and so I used these items to drill my holes with.

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The book has a cutout because I had once been planning to make a photo  album with a window cut out and had cut up some board. I just decided to repurporse it for my portfolio instead.

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I wanted my book to be able to lay flat in case the person viewing it only had one hand to spare to flip the pages, so I gave my screw post book a spine.

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As white paper can easily get prone to dirt and smudges, I also added this water proof transparent sticky paper. I don't know what it is called. This was probably the hardest part of binding my book . The transparent paper  kept warping and I had to keep taking it off and sticking it back. I must confess, I think I ended up smudging my white paper more in the process.

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White paper can feel relatively dull sometimes, so the addition of the spine to my book also gives me the option to use a book jacket such as the one I made here, by hand coloring paper with water colors. I could also use patterned paper or even fabric.

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Here are some pages I created in illustrator for my portfolio

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