Effective diagramming of ideas and processes can make the difference between an architect and just an aspiring architect. The ability to communicate ideas quickly with a swing of a pencil will be essential throughout your career, from team-meetings at the firms you will work, to meetings with clients or contractors. Diagramming is particularly significant when putting together a portfolio as well, because (simply put) no one will read your text. The admissions committee members will take a quick look at some of your pages, and if they do not grasp their attention immediately, you and your lofty dreams are toast (very very dry). A great diagram captures the essence of your ideas and designs, and presents it in a way that captivates and often inspires the viewer. Mastering the art of diagramming is essential and if you don’t do it, someone else will.
4. FORMAT = THE PLATFORM
Just like a city’s character can be defined by the organization of it’s urban blocks (see difference between NY and Paris for example), a portfolio can be defined by the organization of images on its pages. I am not suggesting that a square format or a grid format will define you as X versus someone else who will be defined as Y or Z by their use of linear or free-flowing formats. What I am saying is that the format will create a rhythm, a type of presentation, and will have some rules that may/ may not be appropriate for some projects or some target audiences. It is a very important factor to consider and try to determine early on.