Posted by Sarah Whitman on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:24
When showing off your digital portfolio to prospective employers and clients, make sure your tablet cover is as sharp as your skills. Here are seven presentation-worthy picks.
Back in the pre-digital days, the only accessory you had to carry to a job interview or client meeting was a leather-bound portfolio. Today, creative professionals need to not only show their work, but also their interactive savvy, which means toting your laptop or tablet to meetings with employers, recruiters and clients. This holds true for print and digital designers, along with copywriters and advertising, marketing and public relations pros.
Remember that anything you bring into an interview setting is an extension of your personal brand. If your portfolio is strong but you have an unprofessional or scuffed-up tablet case, it will draw attention away from your work. In fact, how you care for your digital devices may send a signal about how you will treat company equipment and projects if hired.
So, remain mindful of how you want to be perceived and consider whether your tablet needs a cover update. Here are seven stylish options to consider.
This is Ground Mod System (pictured top left)
Part case, part satchel, the Mod system works with tablets, laptops and smartphones. Crafted from black or tan leather with a zip-around closure, the Mod has plenty of room for accessories and small items, like your favorite pen, pair of earrings or driver’s license. You can even add inserts to hold the items you carry most. (Starting at $250)
Get a DODOcase and create your own bookbound-style case featuring a strong, lightweight bamboo tray for protection. You can customize the exterior and interior fabric, and elastic color. Other personalization options are available. (Starting at $74.90)
This memory foam-padded sleeve features a textured graphic pattern, providing both security and flair for most 10-inch tablets. It's available in black, pink or gray. ($29.99)
Give your iPad (or iPhone) a stylish makeover with these cases derived from Jessica Hische's Daily Drop Cap project. Choose your initial or the letter you love best. (Starting at $34.95)
This leather iPad Mini case ($29.99) comes in 14 different colors and includes a Nubuck interior, hand strap, two-fold stand, Velcro closure and spot to store a stylus. There's also a version for the iPad 4 that features three business card slots and a pocket for larger papers. ($44.99)
With Picaboo, you can customize a tablet case for your iPad, iPad Mini or Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Just choose your device, and then upload images or add text to create a one-of-a-kind cover. (Starting at $59.99)
This tactile case is available in two sizes – a smaller version that holds an iPad Mini, and a larger version that holds a regularly sized iPad, iPad Air, 11-inch Macbook Air or Galaxy Tablet. It features a sleeve for your tablet or laptop, as well as storage compartments for headphones, cables and other small accessories. (Starting at $46)