Info for students

You’re in school, or you’ve recently graduated. So, how do you build your portfolio with client work? Because in reality, that’s what you need in order to get hired. Design is just one part of being a professional; your ability to work with clients matters a great deal, too.

As an alternative to wasting your time with design contests, here are a few solid, ethical, choices.

In the navigation 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.

Blogs:
davidairey.com: How to improve your portfolio with pro bono design
davidairey.com: When pro bono design pays off
freelancefolder.com: Building your portfolio with zero clients and no spec work
jeremybolton.com: Crowdsourcing, contests, and spec work
sixrevisions.com: The crowdsourcing quagmire

Dedicated websites:
Ethics in Graphic Design

Design organisations:
gdc.net: What is speculative work?

Websites:
davidberman.com: Ethics FAQ (frequently asked questions)
ethicsingraphicdesign.org: Spec work and crowdsourcing
howdesign.com: How to say no to spec work

To help us help you, go ahead and visit what you can do.

If you have questions or suggestions, contact us.