Personalize Your iPad Portfolio with Custom Cover

CasemodoLogoIf you would like a customized case for the iPad you use as a portfolio or business presentation tool, check out the personalization options available for the Casemodo line of cases.

The 100-percent customizable tablet cases are the brainchild of, an online bindery for library-quality, hard-cover binding. Every Casemodo case meets the exacting quality standards honed from years of serving America’s leading academic libraries.



You can either design the case yourself or adapt one of the dozens of ready-made designs. Choose from a variety of colors, patterns or backgrounds for the exterior and interior. Then, add text or have logos or initials embossed or printed. Plus, you can choose coordinating protective metal corners or even add jewelry or ornaments.

“Casemodo’s redefinition of iPad and tablet cases can be expressed in three words: innovation, customization, and quality,” says Sam Odunsi of “They make a great gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, graduations and holidays.”

Casemodo cases are available in canvas, faux leather or genuine leather. Resin coating for the canvas designs offers water resistance and protection from staining or fading.

Each case features a magnet lock for the cover and a device compartment that matches the cover design. The covers allow your device to stand on its edge and pivot in multiple angles for viewing convenience. The cover can also be folded to hold your iPad or tablet like a book. And for all iPads with the capability, Casemodo cases have smart covers that turn your iPad on and off when you open and close the cover.

While Casemodo cases can be designed to complement an executive suite or fashion wardrobe, Odsuni believes they also can be stand-alone statements of quality workmanship: “All Casemodo cases are individually handcrafted, using time-honored book binding standards.”



Use Premium Photo Books from Shutterfly as Portfolio Books

For a quick, easy way to publish an attractive portfolio book, check out Shutterfly’s new line of Premium photo books. The books are printed on satin-finish, double-thick professional-grade paper, with lay-flat pages that allow one photo to be seamlessly displayed over two full pages.  All Premium photo books are assembled by hand with an expertly bound genuine leather cover and stitched edges.

Shutterfly’s Premium books are available in three sizes: 8 x 8 inches (from $54.99), 8 x 11 inches (from $64.99), and 12 x 12 inches (from $94.99). Each book includes 20 pages, with additional pages priced at $1.00 for the two smaller sizes and $1.50 for the 12 x 12 size.

Shutterfly is promoting the Premium photo books as a deluxe way for brides to convert their wedding photos into lasting keepsakes. So Shutterfly has introduced a Custom Path book-design tool that makes it easy for non-designers to resposition and resize images and add captions or text blocks.

Most of the page backgrounds the Shutterfly offers support specific themes, such as weddings, babies, birthdays, children, travel, and storytelling. But Shutterfly also offers several portfolio-layout backgrounds for photographers and artists.


Shutterfly Premium Photo Books

Avoid Common Errors When Showing Your Design Portfolio

DESIGNERS. A new guide entitled “Creating and Presenting a Powerful Portfolio” can help you avoid some common mistakes when presenting your work to advertising a marketing executives. The guide was produced by The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service for creative professionals.

To identify the most common mistakes, The Creative Group commissioned an independent research firm to conduct a national survey of advertising and marketing executives.

The number-one complaint voiced by survey respondents was that portfolios that showed more style than substance. Thirty-two percent of advertising and marketing executives interviewed said the biggest misstep creative professionals make when assembling their portfolios is including samples that don’t show value provided to the company. Lack of organization was the second most common blunder, cited by 19 percent of respondents.

The chart below shows how advertising and marketing executives responded when asked, “In your opinion, which of the following is the single most common mistake creative professionals make when assembling a portfolio that will be presented to a potential employer?”

“Creative professionals often think their work speaks for itself and, unfortunately, it doesn’t,” said Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group. “Compelling design has a story behind it, and it’s vital for job seekers to provide that narrative so employers can see how they think and solve business problems.”

The Creative Group offers four tips for building and presenting a portfolio that demonstrates value to potential employers:

Prepare. Before meeting with a hiring manager, research the organization to assess its particular needs and which work samples might best address them. Also, ask the prospective employer about the format of the portfolio review process. For example, find out how long you’ll have to present, how many people will be in attendance and whether they prefer to review hard-copy or online samples.

Paint a clear picture. Make it easy for reviewers to evaluate your book and recognize what you can bring to the company. Label each piece with the client’s name (assuming you have their permission), project objective, your role, and any positive outcomes.

Talk the talk. Presenting your work confidently and intelligently can make hiring managers take a second look at samples they may otherwise have missed. Develop short, engaging sound bites that tell the story of how each piece solved a business problem or filled a specific need. Don’t be afraid to show enthusiasm and passion for your work.

Take it for a test run. Before you officially present your book, turn to a trusted colleague, mentor or member of your professional network for feedback. Consider using social media sites to solicit critiques from your online contacts. This can help you fine-tune the content and delivery of your portfolio.

About the Survey
The national study was developed by The Creative Group and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on more than 500 telephone interviews — approximately 375 with marketing executives randomly selected from companies with 100 or more employees and 125 with advertising executives randomly selected from agencies with 20 or more employees.

About The Creative Group
The Creative Group specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals with a variety of firms on a project and full-time basis. More information, including online job-hunting services, candidate portfolios and The Creative Group’s award-winning career magazine, can be found at


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