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We asked ourselves, how much time do we collectively waste creating a portfolio from scratch?

Creating a portfolio can be a daunting task, we've all bookmarked portfolios we've liked and spent more time remaking it.

One of the biggest benefits of using a template is that it saves time. Instead of starting from scratch, a template gives you a solid foundation to work with. This means you can focus on the important stuff, like the substance of your portfolio, rather than getting bogged down in the layout and design.

You know, when it comes to architecture, I've been thinking a lot about the idea of open source architecture lately. It's all about sharing information and resources among architects, designers and other stakeholders. And honestly, it makes so much sense.

For starters, it leads to a more collaborative design process. Instead of working in silos, open source architecture encourages everyone to work together which leads to more innovative and effective solutions. Plus, it's a win-win situation as it leads to cost savings for both architects and clients.

Let's not forget, it's also great for making design more accessible. Open source architecture makes information and resources available to more people, including those from underrepresented communities. This allows for a more inclusive design process, which is a huge plus.

It promotes transparency and accountability in the design process, so you can trust that projects are completed to a high standard. And, by sharing knowledge and learning from others experiences, it leads to better quality of design.

All in all, I think open source architecture is a great idea and has so many benefits for the design and construction industry and the wider community. It encourages collaboration, cost savings, greater access to information, transparency and better quality of design. Toolkits is a version of that. The first iteration.

We asked ourselves, does this stifle creativity? In fact, it can actually help you be more creative. With a solid foundation in place, you can add your own unique touch to make your portfolio stand out.

As someone with years of experience building portfolios thanks to my architecture course, I can tell you firsthand that using a template would have been game changer. As we continued, we realised that the template didn't have to be bound to architecture. It could be forminterior designers, artists etc. It was a canvas for all.

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