This question has probably been asked before, but as I am a newby to forums I would like to give my views and ask others opinions. Looking at other forums I see that there are discussions about giving your work away free. Personally I am dead against the idea, but then in the current financial climate and with limited opportunities I can see why people advocate giving their work away free. I really think it takes the piss when people post on a forum asking others if they can come up with a design, by Wednesday (sic) and by the wayâ€¦ can I have it for free. Anyone who is willing to do the work for free is undervaluing themselves and undermining the design industry as a whole. If I want a service that I cannot do, I will pay for it, either that, or I will try and figure out a way of doing it myself by doing the research. I wouldn't take advantage of someone else's goodwill and expect to get something for nothing. I think that the start of all this free work comes from the internet, I'm sure that everyone has done it (I know that I have) and searched for scripts/templates/designs/icons etc for free to use in their work. I also take a look at all the free apps for my iPod Touch (wouldn't pay for the paid for ones). So I'm a hypocrite!! No, the point is that I am against exploitation of new talent, there are websites that are exploiting new graduates, showcasing their talent and creaming off a nice little retainer if a graduate picks up some work. I am all for a creative talent showcase and someone representing new talent, but not exploitation. I also hate the idea of these design competition websites where you design a logo, they just promote plagiarism and cause so many legal issues. Mind you, if you're stuck for ideas!!! Anyway, be interested to know what others think, especially if you have just graduated and you need to build up your portfolio.