As is often expected, many of the portfolios had weak spots that were paired with strong ones. There was a struggle in discussion on a purely design versus functional design standpoint.
The discussion of magazine versus newspaper designs in the portfolio categories also came up, and again, typography was a big topic that was discussed. The challenge of doing great design in a newspaper format showed through in some of the portfolios.
Editing was brought up yet again this year in the portfolio categories. When weaker pieces showed up in strong portfolios, they are noticed.