When I was in design school our professors had us design booklets that walk through complex/multi-part projects. The idea was that we could take them to job interviews to show that we can handle the design and application of brands to a variety of materials. I’ve been taking them to interviews, and while they’re always well-received, I think they might be hurting me because people want to grab them, flip through them, pass them around, comment on the design of the booklet, and then compare my work to other interviewees who don’t have the cute little books. This ends up taking up a ton of time and distracts from the work I’m trying to show.
At this point I want to just move the strongest items from these little books into my portfolio. Does that seem like a good way to go? Or do people really just dig those cool little books?