This post is sponsored by Blurb.
Do you know Blurb? I first wrote about them in 2008 — not long after they had launched. Blurb is an independent, creative book-making and self-publishing platform, and they’ve been innovators in the book-making space for a decade. And I’ve been a fan for just as long. Recently, they reached out to ask if I had ever created a portfolio with their super cool tools. I hadn’t. But I looked through the inspiration on their site — tons of unique book projects by Blurb’s community of photographers, designers, and creative makers — and suddenly I really, really wanted to be holding a portfolio in my hands asap.
I immediately reached out to Amy Christie — if you’ve been reading Design Mom for awhile, you know she’s my crafting guru — and threw out the idea of a book full of Design Mom Projects. Not a DIY book with instructions and how-tos, but instead a record of the amazing work we’ve created over the years.
Amy was all in, the project is done now, and friends, I am so pleased with this book. We filled 148 pages! And it doesn’t even contain every single project. We could have added at least a dozen more. For me, looking at it is pure joy. There’s so much work I had forgotten about. So many favorites that had faded from my view. And then, just the sheer numbers. I mean what an accomplishment. I’m so proud of Amy and Design Mom and what we’ve created.
And I’m not sure how to express it, but it’s a game changer to see it all in book form — about holding the work in my hands. I suppose when work is digital, taking up no weight or space, sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much you’ve actually produced.
So I’m here today to encourage you to make a record of your work. You don’t even have to call it a portfolio if you don’t want to (because I know that can imply you want to use it to get more jobs). You can just make it for you. No one else even has to see it and it will still be worth it.
Whether you are a designer, a photographer, a painter, an illustrator, an architect, a crafter, a typographer – you are an artist. And having a record of your work, something tangible that you can hold in your hands, really feels like a big deal.