What's in your portfolio?

Like the portfolios at today's critique session, the reasons for being there were diverse.

Lindi Daywalt-Feazel from the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., said she got a lot out of watching others' critiques. For next year, she suggests splitting the groups up by departments, like features and graphics.

Nicole Ray, from the Times Review newspaper group, wasn't sure what she was looking for in her critique. Her newspapers are going redesign, and she brought a few samples to show Fevzi Yazici, art director for Zaman (Istanbul), and get ideas.

Charles Apple, graphics director of The Virginian Pilot, had a good mix of students and professionals at his table. He said he saw a lot of good skills out there and a lot of people who are "one art director away from moving up" in the industry.

Charles said he tries to offer positive advice along with improvements to pages. "The most important thing to take away from a critique is the feeling you can do better and at least an idea on how to do that."

Tomorrow there's another round of critiques, and, according to Charles, it looks like "there's some talent out there bubbling up."

Hear that? Better keep an eye out for the next round of design rock stars.

Morgan Phillips
Detroit Free Press

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