The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Portfolio and Folder Options
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:59:45 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/19/2013
Posts: 4,220
Neurons: 23,873
Location: Wrocław Pracze, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
Portfolio and Folder

is there a difference in meaning ?

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:15:12 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/8/2010
Posts: 18,177
Neurons: 73,829
Yes, to me there are several.

A folder is a basic name for a functional object -something of plastic or paper that you put papers into.
It is the container. In practice, it also describes the contents, but that is just by default.

A portfolio is a much more refined word (no coincidence it is French rather than Anglo-SaxonWhistle )

It depends on the context, but I would expect a portfolio to be (a) the contents and (b) some sort of complete work or organised presentation.

Of course, a piece of stationery could possibly be called a portfolio, and it sounds as if that is your experience, if you are asking this question. But that sounds very pretentious to me. That is a plastic folder, in your image. Not a portfolio.

An artist showing their work has a portfolio. They have a portfolio case to carry it around in!
A student gathering evidence to show they have met certain criteria, such as evidence of your teaching, has a portfolio. Kept in a lever arch file.

So, I guess in practice if you want to distinguish between something to pop papers into and something to display your beautiful creative masterpieces with, you would call your product a portfolio. But outside of the stationery trade you might get a few odd looks if you called it a portfolio. Certainly your image does not meet the required elevated status. Whistle
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 12:46:19 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/14/2009
Posts: 14,735
Neurons: 46,045
Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom

I would agree with Thar. A "Portfolio" contains your work, your reviews, your articles,your photographs, - all proofs of what you do if you are in any of the creative fields: actors, writers, sculptures - even models & academics.

A folder is either (usually) buff-coloured cardboard; or more rigid. But it's still just a place to shove things into.
Users browsing this topic

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.