I would greatly appreciate feedback from the list regarding the best sizePersonally, I don't believe a portfolio can be too large - unless, of course, you're applying for a junior position and don't want to look too experience.
for a portfolio and how large samples should be.
My complete portfolio is about half a CD of PDFs. However, I don't very often use all of it. I've divided the contents into about a dozen categories, with HTML title pages. Given half an hour, I can easily produce a customized CD suited for any job that I'm applying for. However, if you go the same route, let me suggest that you make sure that the HTML code is tidy; the tidier it is, the faster you can customize a page.
I use a variety of samples, ranging from single pages to complete manual chapters. The exact size depends on what I plan to illustrate with each sample. If I'm giving a sample to show design skills, a single page will do; if I want to illustrate my ability to handle complex technical material, then forty or fifty pages help to bolster my claim.
In other words, my advice is: figure out how you're going to use your portfolio, and you'll have an idea how large it and its components should be.
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