I recently created a logo for a local student body that I want to include in my design portfolio. They already had a logo, but it was taken straight from a vector graphics stock website (CC-BY licence). I used that as a basis for the look and feel of my design.
The finished logos (I created a couple of variants, including a simple one as the general logo and a more intricate one for their T-Shirts) have really nothing in common with the original vector graphic. However, I'm wondering if I should still include this vector graphic in this project in my portfolio, mentioning it as the starting point of my own creative process. Of course, I would clearly attribute it to the author, thus fulfilling the licence terms.
Will this make my own portfolio look better or worse?
- Shows my process, giving better insight in how I work
- Clearly separates and underlines my own creative work
- Potentially gives the impression that I'm honest and open
- Could diminish my own work (i.e. "it's not original design, he just ripped that thing of and changed it")
Those are my thoughts on the matter, but I would like to get some other opinions. On a related note: If I do include the original vector graphic, should I include earlier versions/revisions of the final logo design as well?