You are in school, or fresh out. So, how do you build your portfolio with real work? Because in reality, that’s what you need to get hired these days. Design is only a part of being a professional in this industry; your ability to work with real clients matters too.
As an alternative to wasting your time with design contests, we offer you an array of solid, ethical, choices.
In the section nav to the left are posts written by the committee and supporters of NO!SPEC. Below are posts useful for design students, but be sure to check out the other sections as well.
davidberman.com: Ethics FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
designertoday.com: Spec Work: Then and Now
escapefromillustrationisland.com: What Do You Wish You Knew When You Started?
ethicsingraphicdesign.org: spec work and crowdsourcing
freelanceswitch.com: How To Win Jobs On Freelance Job Bidding Sites
howdesign.com: How to Say No to Spec Work
davidairey.com: Responding to spec work requests
freelancefolder.com: : Building Your Portfolio With Zero Clients & No Spec Work
homepage.mac.com: The ‘free pitch’ practice
jeremybolton.com: Crowd-Sourcing, Contests, & Spec Work
kevinpowell.ca: Crowdsourcing and Spec Work
shantomo.com: The difference between spec work and pro bono work
sixrevisions.com: The Crowdsourcing Quagmire
Ethics in Graphic Design
students.washington.edu: Ben Lucas – Seattle Designer and Photographer
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