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I'm updating my folio and there are a few jobs where the client kind of ruined the design at the last minute with changes.
When it comes to adding work to your folio is it wrong to upload the version right before the client added 2c?
They look pretty much the same, the client just insisted on a dodgy photo or made a logo too big...
You're a designer: design a solution.
Include concept sketches as well as the final product. Or stick to just one version. Hide, or show, the details you want to emphasize. Write your copy well if you choose to include it on a medium you aren't presenting in person. Et cetera, et cetera.
It's for my web folio, its nothing major and the clients wont be fazed by it, just wondered if it was unethical :).
never put anything in your portfolio you're not 100% happy with. The viewer will assume you're both happy and proud with what you show.
Yeh. Always include the 'best' thing you've done. You HAVE done it, haven't you ? It should therefore go in your folio.
Have a separate section about how you've have some right twats for clients and show how they fucked your shit up.
Include a "I promise not to fuck shit up" checkbox on any contact form.
Classic client response:
"I love it, Really, really great stuff. Now if we can just change [proceeds to list one single detail which can, by itself, completely ruin the design]"
- usually starts with: "can we try making everything orange?"Miguex
- "yes, logo as well, everything, background, text, photo and logo... al orange"Miguex
- Make it bigger than their screen, actually jumping out in 3d with a fucking godzilla spitting lemon juice in their eye. More goatse.mikotondria3
I had to deal with this BS recently. My old agency emails saying basically, "You are showing work that wasn't actually produced on your portfolio, and our clients would not be happy about it." Ironically, the clients would have been much happier if they hadn't mis-managed the projects to shit and we could have used some of the concept works I was showing. I've been tempted to email those clients and ask for their approval, but it's not worth stoking those fires.
Its just frustrating when you get a job 90% done and everyones happy and they client decides to ask some people and suddenly its design by comittee.
Usually means adding unneccessary photography or trying to value add with extra copy.
I'm all for putting up whatever you feel is your best work on your folio, approved or not, produced or not. But, really, the safe way to deal with work that either differs from the client-approved end product or work that never even made it out the door, is to make a section on your site specifically for pitches, concepts, etc. That, or stated very clearly in your project descriptions that the end result was significantly different than your concept.