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As others have pointed out, show your designs. The new client needs to see what you are capable of, not what someone else has screwed up. But keep in mind, that the companies might not want you to publish that you worked for them. Maybe make up some fancy company name or names and use those throughout your portfolio.


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I responded to a similar question at Freelance.SE. I've actually run all 3 types over the years..... a business name, as myself, and as a business name which included my own name. The gist.... Using a business name: People tend to treat you as an "intern" or some random employee. I often find conversations, at least at the beginning, are very abrupt and ...


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This can be the result of a deeper issue that I want to address before answering your question directly. I think many designers feel they need to do everything a client asks without a second thought. But let's face it, clients ask for some terrible things, and that's okay. They aren't designers. They don't know any better. It is the designers job to help ...


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In these kinds of cases, I publish the design that I made. I am not always the developer of my own designs, and as you pointed out, sometimes the client is determined to have something their way, without really caring about the loss of aesthetics that goes with it. I don't think there's any harm in publishing original designs, non-approved designs, or ...


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This question has TOP priority also in my mind and I made research for this a lot. Some other benefits: Using a Business name: It gives the opportunity to sell the business later if needed (of course if you know for 100% that you will not sell, then forget about this); Better because if your business doesn't go as you planned, for example, you get some ...


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I feel it is a very simple choice. Based on your intentions or the intentions of your business. Do you want to freelance and make a name for yourself? -> Pick your name. Do you want to hire people as soon as possible? -> Pick a company name. My opinion: don't be that one-man-company writing emails referring to yourself as "we". It's insincere. If you ...


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I think this is primarily an opinion-based question. Here's mine. Should I use my own name or have a business name for my services? Yes. In other words, it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. It may matter to you personally, but not really in any legal or strategic way. Using your personal name may make it a tad harder to form a ...


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I think its mostly a trend thing. It boils down to a few things: Do you see yourself as an artist? If you do then it is quote natural build a name for yourself, like most artists through the ages have done. There is also a natural tendency to want to do this early in your career/school as you need to eventually sell yourself. Once your brand starts to grow ...


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"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." You'll find good mentors where they are; working on projects and doing design. Finding an experienced designer is not that hard, what's hard is finding one who wants to have you as a mentee! It requires a lot of time and patience, and also passion for this. You can't really ask people to be ...


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Well, joining websites and internships may seem nice but it doesn't quite motivate you. Today, internships is more about making students do your job free of charge rather than teaching them something useful. What I would recommend is that you go to as many exhibition openings as possible and meet the artist, show interest in their work. Many artists ...


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Another common position for this kind of job is a designer for corporate communications (typically abbreviated to corporate-comms). Corporate comms have a wider responsibility than marketing. While marketing tend to only focus on advertising, corporate comms produce artwork for seminars, documentation, presentations, charity events etc. But as others have ...


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The confusing thing about titles is that they often incorporate rank, job duty, and focus. In more absurd cases, you'll see something like "Corporate Vice-President for Corporate Communications" (a genuine position at Microsoft), but in this case you could call her something like Sr. Graphic Designer for Internal Projects. Really, the second part is ...


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Internal Marketing or Internal Communications would be the most common titles. My technical title is Marketing Content Creator for HR purposes though we don't use any titles in practice.


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What is wrong with "designer", "graphic designer", "graphics manager"? She is an in-house designer, but designer nevertheless.


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At any ol' company, they would be called an in-house designer but that likely wouldn't be their job title. They'd still be titled designer--it's just that they'd be working on an in-house team. At an agency, however, I don't think this person would have any specific title. They're doing the same work as everyone else it seems--it's just that they have one ...


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NEVER just give in and start designing, dig as deep as you need to dig to get to the core of the project. What it sounds like to me seeing that this is an ongoing thing with the same company is that they lack Brand Identity, otherwise there wouldn't be as many mysteries as to what should be done. I just revamped my questionnaire and it's 30 PAGES... I do ...


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Well... the Universe has a way of giving us things we didn't expect to receive which seems to be the case here. No matter HOW MUCH you stress the fact that you do designs, people for some reason naturally trust and seek you out for other things, DON'T BRUSH THAT AWAY!!! Investigate it more and add those services to your Business. I encountered the same ...


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It sounds like she needs Corporate Identity and Brand Development but just doesn't know it. Every client who says "I just want something simple" only says that because they're trying to push you into giving them the lowest price possible. Once you give them a lowball price they open up and start telling you what they REALLY want.... which isn't always so ...


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In my experience it is almost impossible to perform an artwork which will be 100% perfect, especially, when one's experience is limited and most of imperfections are typical to starters. This is why when I want to press "Send" button I take a break of 10 minutes or so and refresh my mind - after that I re-look at the work and almost always find something to ...


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There is always some cut-off point in the graphics industry - a Point of No Return. What that is, depends entirely on the total workflow. Not everything will get printed right away (unless it's a real rush job). Even when it's already printed, not everything gets cut and further prepared. Even when it's already cut and packaged, it doesn't get send to the ...


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Others have pointed you in the right direction—look at other people's designs a lot. Take note of the subtle details and your mind will do the rest of the work. You will start "coming up" with your own designs. However, they won't be "original" in the sense you probably hope them to be. Design, and especially interface design, isn't about creating ...



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