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The art direction in my CW book is lacking

Hello Ladies. I am a junior copywriter of sorts — I am currently doing my internship. My question to you is about my portfolio. I am confident in my book and ideas that it presents and I am somewhat pleased with the Art Direction I have done for it too, however I am a writer and from a graphics view, its not that greatest of books from the art direction standpoint (considering that art directors are much better than me! hehe). Will that be any hindrance to me when presenting my book for actual jobs. Also, I do not have a tremendous amount of ads with heavy copy, is that a bad thing? Thanks.

intro The art direction in my CW book is lackingWe go pretty easy on the art direction in writer’s books. We look for the ideas and of course, the writing. It’s a big plus if you have a great art director friend to help you nail your pages, however. We’d suggest you either have tight, excellent comps, or rough comps not attempting to address design. You’re a writer, you’re allowed.

It’s ok to have a limited number of ads with long copy. We do expect to see enough to know you can write more than headlines, but don’t be tempted to put in long-copy ‘filler’–long-copy ads there for their own sake, not as strong as the others. Bad move. Keep working on the book if you don’t have great ads with words. Throw in some radio scripts while you’re at it.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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