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Graduates - Expand your portfolio free!


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Hi All!

I work for a company called CarbonCube Design who offer travel card holders for promoting business/products.

We are looking to bolster our social media and have started a campaign of 'showcasing young designers'. It is early days but has really helped our numbers and are looking to get more designers on board.

Here's the deal:

You choose a organisation (we'd like it if you helped out someone else too, maybe a charity, group or good cause, but anyone you fancy) based on a brief you give yourself. E.G. 'LoveActivists' help the homeless across the UK by taking over unused buildings - Brief - to create a design to demo their cause, ethos, struggle and positivity in an aesthetic and meaningful way.

Send us the design (we'll provide a template and instructions) and delivery address.

We'll send you a handful (5-10) holders with your design printed. You can keep some for your portfolio, and hand some to the organisation. We'll post on Facebook your design and mention you and the organisation.

No catch, no cost.

If you're keen please email me at {contact the OP directly via a PM for this wonderful opportunity -hankscorpio, moderator}

Thanks!

James
 
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our social media and have started a campaign of 'showcasing young designers'.
Young designers can showcase themselves on portfolio sites like Behance and their own FB/TW/IG/G+ etc. They don't need you.

Here's the deal:

You choose a organisation (we'd like it if you helped out someone else too, maybe a charity, group or good cause, but anyone you fancy) based on a brief you give yourself. E.G. 'LoveActivists' help the homeless across the UK by taking over unused buildings - Brief - to create a design to demo their cause, ethos, struggle and positivity in an aesthetic and meaningful way.
I'd encourage young designers to this anyway - I don't see how it benefits them, as you get the artwork and can sell it and they get nothing???

Send us the design (we'll provide a template and instructions) and delivery address.

We'll send you a handful (5-10) holders with your design printed. You can keep some for your portfolio, and hand some to the organisation. We'll post on Facebook your design and mention you and the organisation.
Wait - they do get something, 5-10 holders?

If you're a young designer and want pieces printed up for your portfolio there are plenty of printing companies locally that would print these for you free of charge if you ask them to help you out.

Bolded part - they hold this right anyway - regardless!



But there is a catch - you're purporting young designers to give up their designs so you can profit.


If you want designs then you pay the designer to design for you - regardless to the fact of if you use the designs or not.



You wouldn't ask budding young architechts to design houses for your Building Construction Company Ltd. in the hope that their designs will be seen by your limited customer base? Then you own the rights to all these great house plans/designs and make profit from them?


Cop on.


http://www.nospec.com/

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Every day, there are more and more online requests seeking artists for everything from auto graphics to comic books to corporate logo designs. More people are finding themselves in need of some form of illustrative service.

But what theyre NOT doing, unfortunately, is realizing how rare someone with these particular talents can be.

To those who are seeking artists, let me ask you; How many people do you know, personally, with the talent and skill to perform the services you need? A dozen? Five? One? none?

More than likely, you dont know any. Otherwise, you wouldnt be posting online to find them.

And this is not really a surprise.

All over the world, there are almost twice as many neurosurgeons as there are professional illustrators. There are eleven times as many certified mechanics. There are SEVENTY times as many people in the IT field.

So, given that they are less rare, and therefore less in demand, would it make sense to ask your mechanic to work on your car for free? Would you look him in the eye, with a straight face, and tell him that his compensation would be the ability to have his work shown to others as you drive down the street?

Would you offer a neurosurgeon the opportunity to add your name to his resume as payment for removing that pesky tumor? (Maybe you could offer him a few bucks for materials. What a deal!)

Would you be able to seriously even CONSIDER offering your web hosting service the chance to have people see their work, by viewing your website, as their payment for hosting you?

If you answered yes to ANY of the above, youre obviously insane. If you answered no, then kudos to you for living in the real world.

But then tell me why would you think it is okay to live out the same, delusional, ridiculous fantasy when seeking someone whose abilities are even less in supply than these folks?

Graphic artists, illustrators, painters, etc., are skilled tradesmen. As such, to consider them as, or deal with them as, anything less than professionals fully deserving of your respect is both insulting and a bad reflection on you as a sane, reasonable person. In short, it makes you look like a twit.

A few things you need to know;

1. It is not a great opportunity for an artist to have his work seen on your car/zine/website/bedroom wall, etc. It IS a great opportunity for YOU to have their work there.

2. It is not clever to seek a student or beginner in an attempt to get work for free. Its ignorant and insulting. They may be students, but that does not mean they dont deserve to be paid for their hard work. You were a student once, too. Would you have taken that job at McDonalds with no pay, because you were learning essential job skills for the real world? Yes, your proposition it JUST as stupid.

3. The chance to have their name on something that is going to be seen by other people, whether its one or one million, is NOT a valid enticement. Neither is the right to add that work to their portfolio. They get to do those things ANYWAY, after being paid as they should. Its not compensation. Its their right, and its a given.

4. Stop thinking that youre giving them some great chance to work. Once they skip over your silly ad, as they should, the next ad is usually for someone who lives in the real world, and as such, will pay them. There are far more jobs needing these skills than there are people who possess these skills.

5. Students DO need experience. But they do NOT need to get it by giving their work away. In fact, this does not even offer them the experience they need. Anyone who will not/can not pay them is obviously the type of person or business they should be ashamed to have on their resume anyway. Do you think professional contractors list the experience they got while nailing down a loose step at their grandmothers house when they were seventeen?

If you your company or gig was worth listing as desired experience, it would be able to pay for the services it received. The only experience they will get doing free work for you is a lesson learned in what kinds of scrubs they should not lower themselves to deal with.

6. (This one is FOR the artists out there, please pay attention.) Some will ask you to submit work for consideration. They may even be posing as some sort of contest. These are almost always scams. They will take the work submitted by many artists seeking to win the contest, or be chosen for the gig, and find what they like most. They will then usually have someone who works for them, or someone who works incredibly cheap because they have no originality or talent of their own, reproduce that same work, or even just make slight modifications to it, and claim it as their own. You will NOT be paid, you will NOT win the contest. The only people who win, here, are the underhanded folks who run these ads. This is speculative, or spec, work. Its risky at best, and a complete scam at worst. I urge you to avoid it, completely. For more information on this subject, please visit NO!SPEC.

So to artists/designers/illustrators looking for work, do everyone a favor, ESPECIALLY yourselves, and avoid people who do not intend to pay you. Whether they are spec gigs, or just some guy who wants a free mural on his living room walls. They need you. You do NOT need them.

And for those who are looking for someone to do work for free please wake up and join the real world. The only thing youre accomplishing is to insult those with the skills you need. Get a clue.
 
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