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Is it OK to leave real names & info visible in business card portfolio?

Dummy it up! I would not "blur" anything. Blurring doesn't allow anyone to view the typeface you chose or it's actual size very well. Just replace any actual personal information with made ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

😀 You hopefully realize you are asking many professionals, who make their living via design work, how you can charge nothing and essentially compete for the same clients. You gotta "read the ...
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Should I create designs for non-existing companies for my portfolio?

Absolutely, yes. Do not be shy about your inexperience. When interviewing for a job - they know you don't have a lot of professional experience. If an interviewer wanted a designer with a lot of ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

Contact a nonprofit that does good work and offer to do volunteer graphic design for them.
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

I'm assuming you're in the US, and I am not a lawyer. Short answer is that unless you have a contract specifically stipulating that the client gets the copyright when the work is complete, they don't ...
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Should I create designs for non-existing companies for my portfolio?

Back when my portfolio was lacking I found joy in creating fake businesses and their entire branding. I even went so far as to take one idea, buy the domain, create all of the branding and auction off ...
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Is it OK to leave real names & info visible in business card portfolio?

Ask the client. There is no guideline, except for applicable privacy laws in your local jurisdiction that might prevent you from publishing personal data. I'm not a lawyer so I cannot advise you on ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

You're asking the wrong question. You're asking where to find work to do for free but your real issue is finding good clients. Here's a key: Don't work for free. You're bound to get better and more ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

If you say your work is free, you are saying that it is not worth it. You are not adding value to a potential client or company. If you want to design "for free" design a strong portfolio ...
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What title do I put on a project where I did the menu, posters, and the art direction of photos but NOT the logo?

I would use Brand Collateral materials. Meaning you did materials which are collateral with the branding.. but does not indicate you completed the branding itself.
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Should I include the original image I based a logo on in my portfolio?

This question is probably a bit too opinion based for this site, but here's my opinion anyway: You should absolutely include the previous version of the logo and clearly label it as such. As you ...
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Can I put work in my portfolio that I conceptualized but someone else executed?

Absolutely! It might be a good idea to drop the Illustrator a line about what you're publishing. That way, they won't be surprised when they see their work in someone else's portfolio. There is one ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

Help open-source projects! There are uncountably many open-source applications used by thousands to even millions of people that look like absolute ass. Because while open-source is a very common ...
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Should I include the original image I based a logo on in my portfolio?

I think you should include this in your portfolio as a logo redesign. Because that's what it is, no matter if it originally came from a stock website or not, that doesn't even matter. It's a second ...
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Should I create designs for non-existing companies for my portfolio?

Yes, but ... you should avoid it. A lot of non profit or individuals would love to get a willing designer's help. You are going to spend time (and time is a form of money) into this projects. Made ...
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

The issues with this situation are the "personal favor" approach with your client and that there is nothing in writing. The latter actually benefits you as the creator of the work: When you create ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

It’s a bit counterintuitive that working for free does not yield more job opportunities. It fights against conventional wisdom of how money works. But what you’re seeing is consistent with actual ...
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How can I do graphic design work for free?

So, I'm not being harsh here—I'm a developer, and I've worked with and been involved with hiring graphic designers before for projects. Why would I hire you? Getting a not great design done for free, ...
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What to put in my portfolio if I have not had any clients yet?

I am a newbie self taught web designer. My skills are HTML/CSS web designs A few things to parse there. First of all, being self-taught, you're lacking the typical portfolio fodder of a design ...
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How to present page layouts in a portfolio

If I'm correctly understanding the goal here, I would create a 3D mockup and present that along with the flat layout (probably each on their own page so they don't fight for the viewer's attention) ...
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A 30 year old Engineer's plan on becoming a Graphic Designer

This question is a bit board and probably opinion based. But here are some tips. Focus. Do not think on "I want to be a graphic designer" Think about "I want to do 2D Infographics" or I want to do "...
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How to shore up a portfolio with only one major application for the last five years?

You've effectively joined the 9 to 5 job market and must rely on a CV until you can squeeze-in a few contracts to build a reference. That's the trade-off with the job market versus freelancing. You ...
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Is it possible to have an unique graphic style as an average graduate yet?

You can have a unique style at any level of a design career - even as a hobbyist. Many do inherently. But one also needs the ability to show off your style in any portfolio if employment is the goal. ...
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Should I create designs for non-existing companies for my portfolio?

Yes, you should. It is much better to offer something to your interviewer rather than go empty handed. This way, you will be able to show that you have the skills and could be a good investment for ...
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What to put in my portfolio if I have not had any clients yet?

You should create items for a portfolio then. Buy some stock photos (or get them for free but hey, it's a design board and paid photos are usually very designable), set some goals and create few pages....
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Getting clients on Dribbble?

As it has been stated, Dribbble isn't as popular as it once was but that doesn't mean you shouldn't treat it like any other social media platform. If you plan it correctly and have your own site you ...
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How to build an online portfolio?

What should I include in the portfolio apart from Home, About, Work, Contact? That is not a portafolio. That is the CV. Be carefull on publishing adresses on a web page if it is not a business adress....
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What should I include in my portfolio to apply to design school?

You can and should include sketches and other things. Parsons isn't looking for Interior Designers, that's what they'll be teaching you. They're looking to see if you have a genuine interest in design ...
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Designer vs client: portfolio rights?

If there wasn't a contract, which specifies that you can't put works which you created for her to your portfolio/website, there is no problem. I have a similar problem in my company, which produces a ...
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Is volunteering my time as a graphic designer for charities a viable way to get some client-facing experience?

do paying clients give a damn about portfolio work that was done on a pro-bono / voluntary basis? Some do but most don't. Potential clients will all have their own opinions of your previous work. ...
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