It has been really interesting for me to see how much the trend of print mockups has been on the internet as a way to showcase your work. Not so long ago when I first was adding portfolio items to behance I was using just screenshots of my files and now I take the time (which is getting quicker and quicker) to make mockup images. They really do tell the story better and are instantly recognisable. It is not until I see the two side-by-side that I realise this is a trend that will not be going away and this is something I am very happy with.
It certainly makes a difference when showing spreads of a book. Previously I felt the need to show the spine and edges otherwise there is no context.
I really do not think the difference is as profound with the cover but certainly, it is more obvious that this is a book cover and not a flyer or something else.But when showing something really quite big, like a billboard, the mockups are simply wonderful because it is so much easier to understand the scale in this context.
Sometimes the best way for me to show people what I did is to show them where I started.
This week I have been wanting to update the format of the Lakazdi Behance account to be broken into project types, not my project/client. I also wanted to take some time to explain visually what it is that I have done.
I started with showing annual reports because this is a project type I just love.
This format also works well when showing multiple versions/designs for the one project. The visual overload of seeing my usual mock-ups for four pages for three different versions is, well overloading. This format shows the four pages but in a more condensed form.
How do you showcase the documents that tend to be single sided and mostly viewed on a screen aka “ebooks”?
I have opted to show the design as both a single page and on an iPad.
Using free mockups with smart layer capability I have added these two different elements to show the versatility of these documents. I have two versions, one for A4 pages and one for letter pages.
By always showing these types of work using this mockup template it gives people a clear indication as to how the designs are different from each other because the “background noise” is always the same.
Attributions: Page and iPad Smart Layer branding elements by: Santiago Moreno