Portfolio – is a biennial publication of the leading Irish contemporary craft and craftmakers who practice in a “world-class context”. This book is published and distributed by the DCCoI in order to increase awareness and understanding of top Irish makers and their work, particularly among Irish and international collectors, galleries, commissioning bodies and museums. Due to both the audience and positioning of the selected makers involved, the publication design demanded expertise in the “design and craft of book design” and that the book itself as an artefact is an appropriate complement and showcase for the stunning portfolio of makers and work featured.
With such visually rich and appealing sources the occasion of the publication presents us as designers an opportunity to conceive and create a beautiful “container” that focuses on, and accentuates the, meticulous craft, design and material qualities of the artefacts.
This is achieved in the 2019 edition by using a revised and generous format and mix of paper stocks and print techniques. The book is printed in 5 colour and 2 colour sections with metallic inks, metallic seals and transparent foils and blind debosses on the cover.