Publish Online Project of the Month: The Cyberfolio of Michel Allio
So far in our look at Publish Online projects, we’ve seen a couple of high end projects put together by agencies for major clients. But other folks are producing high end stuff for themselves, ranging from personal projects to portfolios. Case in point: the Cyberfolio of Michel Allio.
This 35-page document functions as a digital portfolio, showcasing Michel’s work producing all kinds of textbooks. It is packed with interactivity and animation that enhance the portfolio viewing experience to go way beyond something like a static, print-replica PDF.
Michel’s Cyberfolio is entirely in French, but even if you don’t know pommes frites from the Centre Pompidou, you can still understand everything about this document and be inspired by it to create your own portfolio in Publish Online.
The opening page is a study in minimalism, with a simple invitation to enter.
The next page begins with a splash of color, courtesy of a rainbow of pages,
which fades to more detailed information about Michel’s skills and the kinds of projects he produces, enhanced with several kinds of animation effects.
Clicking on the Extraits de livre (book excerpts) button reveals a sliding color-coded table of contents organized by subject matter and grade level you can use to jump to any project.
The same button is placed on all the portfolio pages, giving you a great navigation tool, usable from any point in the document.
Within each category, there are clickable thumbnails on the left side of the page that you can use to see additional examples.
There are also navigation buttons under each example spread, as well as a home page button and a Contact button to send Michel an email at the top left.
My favorite interactive feature is the Help button, which is found at the bottom of each page. When you click it, a partially transparent overlay appears, explaining all the interactive features.
Clicking anywhere on the overlay dismisses it. Easy and effective.
Other thoughtful design touches are evident throughout. Michel even simplified the navigation thumbnails that are part of the Publish Online interface so they are easy to read and match the color scheme used in the sliding table of contents.
It’s brilliant stuff and it ought to inspire other folks to assemble a showcase of their own work with InDesign and Publish Online.
If you want to know more, click here to check out Adobe’s tutorial on getting started with Publish Online.
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