Holidays over back to work… Thanks for the good suggestion, I did in fact give Scribd a try and it seems to be a nice improvement over the old pdfs and a good short term solution. You remind me, though, that the best long-term solution is a custom one. A good goal for me in ‘09! Thanks
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen something like what I am imagining to showcase copy. (I’ve been fortunate to work with some awesome designers, and their work undoubtedly enhances the appeal of the copy product.)
My present portfolio is here…annoying, especially with Firefox! I feel like I have to keep the number of items showcased to a minimum to curb the irritation of a pdf launch for every link. http://gayleleonard.com/portfolio.html
I’ve wondered if it would be feasible to handle like Google maps, only with a printed piece instead of a map. Zoom in, drag, etc. so someone can actively skim & read the copy. http://www.forevermore.net/photozoom/
Or if resolution/sharpness could be maintained, maybe a magnifier-type deal? http://valid.tjp.hu/tjpzoom/ http://www2.gucci.com/us/us-english/us/classics/mens-shoes/
Or, maybe it might be something simpler, like upon a mouse hover over a copy block, a popup would display the straight text in the popup.
I looked a bit this year for something similar to lightbox that could handle pdfs, but no luck there. I also couldn’t quite figure out how one would handle multiple pages without a corny page-flip action.
Thanks for listening! Gayle
I’m a copywriter, and I’ve looked at hundreds of templates over the past few years, hoping to stumble on one that would be visual yet good to showcase print content and copywriting.
As it is, I’m still stuck with launching a clunky pdf to enable a user to read the copy in it’s native design habitat without loading huge images or, worse, bare, raw copy.
Come now, folks, designers, photogs, et. al. have scores of templates to choose from. This might be a nice niche for someone, as I can’t the the only frustrated writer out there, right?
What about a clean modern look with a zoom and drag portfolio function, not unlike the techniques used for jewelry or clothing. Or, something akin to the zoom/drag action seen in magazine/catalog browsers?