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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 organisations try hard to keep complete control of all uses of their brand. Worries can include: They might simply have unspecified concerns about a comms ...


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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 up names and numbers. There's no need to share the information of others in a portfolio. This is especially true if the items will be viewed online. I've done ...


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As someone who looked over résumés, I would be more impressed by a résumé which was elegant and a little different but readable than something with enormous graphics, fancy fonts, or blinking text. Or glitter. Remember that the readers are going over dozens of résumés in every batch. They need to look for keywords, ...


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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 experience, you would not be in the interview in the first place. As a hiring agent working within a budget, I am always looking for a diamond in the rough. And if ...


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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 you really just need a portfolio for potential employers? Then worry not, because having your work on those major sites is enough for employers to get a feel for ...


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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 in my contracts that states I reserve the right to showcase the work in my portfolio. If this raises a red flag for the client, then it's a topic we can ...


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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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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 own it, you do. So I think she can't stop you. See also: https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2014/06/06/what-if-client-forbids-you-including-something-your-...


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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 say for example IBM had a new logo and brand designed, you would expect them to go to a big, expensive design house in New York. But if it became apparent that ...


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I was recently involved in helping to recruit a new designer and I was asked to design the part of the interview that would test for the right kind of practical creative thinking. "Interpret this brief" tests What I went with - which seemed to work quite well and got very useful results - was to: Give each candidate a plausible, basic design brief ...


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It's probably time to hang up a shingle and promote yourself as a freelancer, at least for the time being. Acquent is one good place to start. Make yourself a fantastic-looking business card, carry everywhere and give out freely. Although you can always poke around for pro bono work for local charitable or religious organizations, these aren't the best for ...


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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 style, their creativity. None of that can be deduced from a resume/CV. Even a designer with zero creativity or a horrible aesthetic sense can be employed. A ...


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Back when my portfolio was lacking I found joy in creating fake businesses and their entire branding. I even when as far to take one idea, buy the domain create all of the branding and auction off the domain with the designs. You could take this time to show your extent of creativity and create unique designs. Don't be afraid to also mention that in the ...


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Common sense would indicate that: if you are going for an "adult entertainment" related job, then do include such works in your portfolio and in your resume if you are going for a non-adult job, then don't include such works in your portfolio or your resume. If you regularly go for both types then by all means have two separate portfolios and resumes. And ...


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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't necessarily translate into design and problem solving skills which is what the person looking at your portfolio wants to see.


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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 that part. Personally, I would always ask the client themselves. It's a sign that you are proud of the work you did for them, wanting to show it off. It also ...


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I like resumés with a bit of flair. However, you should keep in mind form vs. function. If a resumé goes too far into form and loses function it's pretty worthless. I'd suggest using the necessary items and making them graphical in nature with nice headlines, use of font faces, etc. I would never put a photo on a resumé, ever. And I'd be hesitant to use any ...


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You should probably consider several different versions of your resume - possibly one that's very traditional / sedate and one that's a little edgier. You should be doing a little research on any company you go to work for; it should quickly become clear which resume will be appropriate (just as you should be prepping for the interview by asking "khakis or ...


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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't sub-domain your sites (such as clientproject.emilie.com) if you are worried that the finished project to the client will be altered. Just add a basic ...


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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 elements. As we are in the Graphic design industry the artist is "Me". In some cases a person can be 2 elements at once, for example a portrait photography ...


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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 feedback. I still have to deliver the product, so I sucked it up and completed according to their specifications. BUT I also save the version that I liked. This ...


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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 (i.e. AA) Schools Immigration welcoming groups Senior communities Condominiums By the way, you can always do these things without saying explicitly "hey, I am a ...


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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 mention yourself, it serves to better illustrate your process. It also allows people to see that you have a developed sense of context and market sensitivity. It ...


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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 caveat, though: You should own the rights to publish the work (your own). Review the conditions of the contract you worked under (possibly your own ones) for ...


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Your position is unusual but not that unusual, and you're lucky that, more than in other trades, good design recruiters are usually more interested in the quality of your portfolio and what it shows of your aesthetic sense, creativity and ability to meet a brief than they are in doing a box-ticking exercise on your resume. (but not all recruiters are good ...


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Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio? My answer is NO. A portfolio is a collection of your best work. Not EVERYTHING you've done since kindergarten. However, I DO feel that a portfolio should be tailored for who you are showing it to just like a resume. If you are presenting to a client that wants you to do their website, then you ...


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Copyright is copyright. Whether you are making money off it or not is irrelevant (though, note that you ARE making money off of it as you're using it for promotional purposes). For use in an in-class project? Likely no big deal in the grand scheme of things. But as part of your online portfolio? That could (even if unlikely) cause you some issues. I'd redo ...


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I suggest that you contribute to an open source project.


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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 work--which is to say that even though the project is 'fake' in that there is no real, paying client, the project is treated as if there were a real, paying ...


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