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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

One of the clients I'm working with insists that my work with her stays confidential, she doesn't want her company logo nor their name to be shown on my designs when posted on Behance. Is it normal ...
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Is a graphical/original resume a good idea for a designer?

This is more a question about graphic design as a field than about methods. I am applying for web designer jobs out there, and have been wondering more and more about my resume. I have a quite ...
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The changes requested by the client look terrible, what can I put in my portfolio?

So for a while now I've been lerning web design / web development, done a few small projects for classes (I'm a student), read up on the subject, watched videos and so on. I'm now somewhat familiar ...
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How can I showcase a working example of my past web development work, without linking to the constantly changing live site?

Whenever I design a website, I think it's useful to not only show screen captures but also coding abilities. Unfortunately, most of the time, clients end up editing websites themselves and if ...
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I already have LinkedIn, DeviantArt, Dribbble, and Behance. Do I need a personal website?

With the presence of different social networking sites that allow anyone to easily create a web presence, as a graphic designer do I still need a personal website? What is the pros and cons of having ...
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How much process can I / should I show in my portfolio?

I have some cool visuals to do with process of developing an end idea or product, but I was wondering how much process I should show in my portfolio.
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Are portfolios overrated?

It seems like all my designer friends are focusing on their portfolios too much. They tell me, "my portfolio is the most important factor in getting hired, as it demonstrates my skill". So, they seem ...
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What are some good ways to gain practical experience to add to my portfolio?

I passed the ACE exams for InDesign and Photoshop a few months ago, but I am stumbling on how to get practical experience. I have a couple of years of news page design, and a very small number of ...
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What are some tips for getting hired without a formal education?

I don't really want to go into too much detail, but my life took an unexpected turn and I haven't been able to transfer into a 4 year college. I only have an AA degree but I've taken loads of random ...
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FizzBuzz for graphic designers?

Is there some kind of test equivalent to what the FizzBuzz test is for developers, for graphic designers? That is, a short and simple question/task that can be asked/assigned just to determine whether ...
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Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio?

I've been freelancer for many years as a graphic designer and web developer. In the last few days I've found myself filling a huge portfolio for a creative company - videos, websites, branding and ...
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What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of?

What is a portfolio, and what should it consist of? Please include details such as the format, use of, number of items, types of items, etc.
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Using work in your portfolio that you're not too pleased with?

This is going based on the fact that apart from my University work, I don't have a great deal of freelance work to fill a portfolio so I can't really choose to leave stuff out. I've heard people say ...
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How to properly credit yourself/others for design work on a portfolio site?

I'm working on a portfolio site to showcase some of my design/layout/photography work. In a lot of cases, myself and one other person would work on a design idea; but in all cases, I am the one doing ...
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Can an artist display their past work in a portfolio if they were paid to produce it?

I'm creating a website an artist who draws with pencil+paper. The artist has scans and/or prints of all the illustrations completed over several years for various clients. Many of these were for ...
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What to include in my portfolio?

I am a relatively recent graphic design graduate. I have been working at a small printing house for about two years, but will soon be interviewing for a different position in another city. My ...
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Is it acceptable to include portfolio items from adult-themed projects?

If you worked in the adult entertainment industry as a graphic designer would you put those pieces in your portfolio? Or would you make a "G" portfolio and include a statement that a full portfolio ...
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How do I build my webdesign portfolio when all sites I've designed have been taken offline?

This is my first time on this site. Here's the problem. I've been designing since I graduated from college and have been for 4 years. After I graduated, I had my first client, who I grossly ...
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What type of paper should I use for print outs for a physical portfolio?

I'm creating a physical portfolio for an interview. I've bought a portfolio binder/case. I was wondering on what kind of paper should I take the print outs of my work? For example, would it be fine if ...
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Using Copyrighted Characters in Portfolio?

I've seen numerous design portfolios online that involve characters from movies, TV, games, you name it. I'm building a portfolio and for one project I was thinking of creating a few mobile UI ...
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Images or functioning websites for portfolio?

I am new web designer, should I include images or functioning websites in my portfolio? All of my designs are personal projects that I have designed and built using html, css and javascript. By ...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

I am wondering if it's possible to have works from Photoshop or Illustrator made from online tutorials, into your portfolio? If some work's design can be changed a bit, can it be counted like mine?
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How can I do some free design work?

I am a designer that wants to do some free design work for people, but the problem is, how do I find people to do free work for? Is there any place online? The reason behind this is that I am good at ...
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Whose persona should I consider while designing my portfolio?

Recently I came to know about Personas and how to implement them. I read few design processes and came to know how to execute it. Through my learning I found two kind of personas i.e. 1. Persona of ...
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How to present email marketing in a portfolio?

Print design is easy to present. Web design is a little more complicated but not too bad. How do you all suggest presenting Emails to a client? Forward them the actual emails? Save them as .PDFs / ...
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Is it an usual practice to request portfolio rights?

I'm an amateur graphic designer. I've been doing work for local companies and initiatives for just over a year now. I recently got a job designing for a pretty big client (by my standards). They ...
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Can you use logo design that wasn't used by the client in your portfolio?

...or if I just want to showcase my ideas for existing companies with not-so-great logos, can I put that in my portfolio? or even fictitious companies, is that okay to build up on portfolio?
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Should my portfolio have a personality or it should look general

I concerned that having certain type of personality, ie. certain type of design and showcased work would put off potential clients as they would think i am not the person they are looking for. For ...
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A3 indesign file, wanting to export to A4 PDF how?

I'm sure this can be done, just cant figure out how. I'm needing to export my portfolio as a pdf but my indesign document is a3, i see no option to chose the size. Any help? Thanks
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Where can I have my work reviewed?

I'm new to graphic design coming from a software development background. In this area, I can easily have feedback about my work by open-sourcing my code, participate to existing open-source projects, ...
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Tips for creating a packaging designer portfolio

I am a graphic designer and I have never done packaging design before. What is the process when it comes to branding packaging? Do you use templates depending on what you are branding. e.g. Beer ...
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What goes in a Graphic Design portfolio on Slideroom for graduate school?

I'm going to apply to graduate programs this year and Slideroom seems to be the preferred choice for portfolios. I'm wondering about what to put in it and what I'm even able to put in it. Do I design ...
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Is Black Pooka or Pooka Studio a bad name for a Graphic Design business?

I'm having a hard time deciding on a name. As of right now I'm going between Black Pooka and Pooka Studio. Is Pooka a good choice? Is it stupid?unprofessional? too obscure or confusing? Will I hate it ...
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How to convince agency clients I know what I'm doing? [closed]

I'm the solo designer at a 7-person web agency. The other employees are programmers and the owner (whose background is in IT). Our clients are mostly small to mid-sized businesses. While I do have ...
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Number of pieces of work required in a Portfolio

I completed my undergrad in Graphic design and I'm currently looking for a job. I'm aware that I need a portfolio to be considered for an interview. I would like to know ideally how many pieces of ...
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Design Portfolio Copyright

when I was at design college 2013 we were told (for educational purposes) that we could use images from the net (only photographs) to incorporate into designs for posters, collages, magazine covers, ...
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Advice on freelancing in the same field as your day job

I have a day job in graphic design, but I'm looking to start doing some freelance on the side. I have a couple of questions/concerns... 1-All my work on my portfolio site would be work I created at ...
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How does a programmer showcase his work?

I'll start of by saying that I'm a programmer who rarely ventures outside of Stack Overflow, so sorry if this post is off topic. Right now I'm in the process of updating my portfolio site and I'm ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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For a portfolio of hi-res digital art, is bigger better?

I want to show a dozen of my digital art pieces in a physical portfolio. These works are in large image files - 8000x10000 pixels, for example. They can be printed on 11x17 paper and come out ...
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What are some good projects for portfolio?

I'm a student and I started my first portfolio. I'm doing some "fake jobs." I can do 3d and 2d (I'm not so good at drawing [yet]). In the future I hope to work with designing album covers, posters and ...
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What are some good ways to showcase someone's portfolio work online?

I've been happily employed for awhile now, so I've not kept up on various trends and changes in the online portfolio field. I would like to remedy this knowledge gap. I can do a search for "best ...
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Where can I find unique templates for Presentation folders?

I have to design a Presentation Folder Design and print it. I have never done one before, I googled a bit and found some templates with a great tutorial above them : ...
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How to improve supersampling screenshots in designer's portfolio

Look at iMac mockups on this page. Quality of skewed screenshots placed in the mockups are poor. Seems like photoshop knows too little about super-sampling. I know how to render a 3d model in ...
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How are designers creating the 3d effect often seen on sites like dribble lately for displaying portfolio screens? [duplicate]

I am seeing it a lot lately and I'm curious what tools are being used for this technique, is it an actual 3d app, or photoshop? Here is an example: ...
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Where to start preparing a portfolio to enter a graphic design program?

I need to create a portfolio to enter a graphic design program. Subjects are the use of typography and imagery to communicate information and ideas. Possible projects might include things like ...
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Rounded corners for digital portfolio

I'm creating my architecture portfolio, which will be printed but also distributed digitally. I'd like my pages to have rounded corners (to be similar to those of a writing journal, for example) - ...
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What guidelines should I consider for a web design portfolio?

I need to know what are the essential things that one web designer must have on his/her portfolios or things that really make a difference...the following is what i think is a good starting point. but ...
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How to slightly rotate my photography images with a little twist of 3d perspective?

How could I slightly rotate a photography thumbnail like this? (e.g. first web videogamer.com): How and how much should I rotate the photography to change the perspective in a slightly 3D way? Is ...
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Free print portfolio software?

I work for a public relations firm. One of my new clients is very well renown. She's made it years without having a professional portfolio. I have several gigs lined up for her. However we must submit ...