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

Another common issue is, that by posting their content on Behance in your name, their brand is on a platform they can't control. It may be difficult (even borderline Quixotic) in our age, but many ...
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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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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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I already have LinkedIn, DeviantArt, Dribbble, and Behance. Do I need a personal website?

Before you put yourself through the trial that is creating your own website (and it is, just in the amount of time it takes), you have to ask yourself what reason you represent yourself online. Do ...
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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

It's not normal, but not uncommon. There can be many reasons for it. Often it is simply a strong-armed legal department that insists on NDA-type relations with all vendors. I typically leave a line ...
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The changes requested by the client look terrible, what can I put in my portfolio?

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

Some companies are very snobby about who does work for them and for others. And therefore may not want (with respect) a new, unknown freelancer laying claim to their (potentially big) brand. Lets ...
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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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Are portfolios overrated?

You are kind of comparing apples to oranges. Development is not design. A portfolio is almost always more important for a design position. Employers are interested in a designer's aesthetics, their ...
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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?

Well there are several things you can do but I think personally a site is best viewed at its desired state, which is a site. If you own your own domain with hosting I really don't see why you couldn'...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

You can put tutorial work in your portfolio provided you explain that it is tutorial work. Alas, I don't know if that would gain you much in an interview. The fact that you can finish a tutorial doesn'...
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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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Whose persona should I consider while designing my portfolio?

I don't understand what you are calling "Persona". Is that like an avatar or a pet? In spanish that just mean people. But I'm posting some diagrams. When you make some creative work you have this 3 ...
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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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Using work in your portfolio that you're not too pleased with?

In your case, this CAN be two separate things. Your work for a client and work in your portfolio. Let me explain: I have tons of work that I've done for certain clients that I hate because of their ...
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How can I do some free design work?

Have you tried offering your services to your community? Places always in need of graphic designers include: Religious communities (churches) Community centres Amateur theatre groups Support groups (...
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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 some free design work?

I suggest that you contribute to an open source project.
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What are some good projects for my portfolio?

Most 'fake' jobs in portfolios are often student work. That doesn't mean you can't come up with your own projects, of course. You just want to try and keep to the same methods that are used in student ...
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How to present email marketing in a portfolio?

The same way you would a web page -- images showing the page design. HTML emails are just web pages coded with less-modern methods. You should be able to load any HTML email in a web browser window ...
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Can I upload works from tutorials in my graphic design portfolio?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, so I can't take responsbility, yadda yadda yadda. No. 'Changing' a work 'a bit to make it mine' is a so-called derivative work, for which the original author explicitly ...
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How to properly credit yourself/others for design work on a portfolio site?

I'm not sure there is one best way to do this, but here's an approach: Generally, with each item/project you could mention a line Team project. Members involved:[name][name][myself] My role(s):[...
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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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FizzBuzz for graphic designers?

For a recent job opening, we were looking for a web designer. A lot of resumes we were seeing were print focused, lots of Adobe experience, and maybe they took a web class a year ago. The test I ...
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Is it an usual practice to request portfolio rights?

Look, you're a designer just starting out, and it sounds like you've shown enough talent to be noticed by a reputable client. You're off to a good start. Let's look at your career path from a long ...
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Why does my client want her company name confidential, when I post my work on design sites?

It is most likely that the person commissioning this work is a Freelancer themselves. They are not the company that is asking for work. Some Freelancers do this to save time. They accept a job then ...
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