I caught up, quite by chance, with a woman I used to know pre-children and we were discussing the divergent paths our lives had taken. She was a graphic designer back then and now works outside that field in a small NZ city.
We got talking about how she might restart her graphics career without the commitment of a job, or a CV to assist her to get one. One of the options I suggested was selling her services online via the forums where there are frequent requests for logos and contests. The end result may not be great money but it’s a great way to get yourself known and build a CV.
Along the same lines there’s Ben, one of the nicest kids I know who happens to be quite arty. Currently he’s sticking to paper designs but as soon as he’s ready for computer art I know that he’ll do well online too. What a great way to supplement your student income!
Some real life examples:
- cobano decided to give away free logos and his work was excellent. With a non existant brief he was able to quickly throw up a logo for my real estate directory that fitted with the existing design and site. Check out his Globalwarming Awareness2007 blog.
- Another user gave away caricatures of members – and very clever they were too. He went from being a total unknown to being a “name” in no time – all for doing something he probably found quite easy. I can’t find the thread anymore but if I do I’ll post it as a great example.
banned by a rep gang run by sundaybrew who used zerosleep and abused crazy_rob wow dont you just love DP?
the 1st ever msn convo with sundaybrew 6 weeks ago:
Session Start: Friday, March 02, 2007
samantha(firstname.lastname@example.org) Joe – Sundaybrew (email@example.com)
[04:36:06 AM] samantha: boo
[04:36:12 AM] Joe – Sunday: ha
[04:36:21 AM] Joe – Sunday: I USE that alot as well
[04:36:22 AM] Joe – Sunday: lol
[04:36:33 AM] samantha: me 2
[04:37:02 AM] Joe – Sunday: some people on dp are just assholes
[04:38:39 AM] samantha: yea i know, thats why i seem to have a standing rep, for 2 years, i guess i get some good and the same bad, so it equales out and i never move up or down, lol but i got 2 bars now and i am gonna try and keep em
[04:38:54 AM] Joe – Sunday: haha
[04:39:03 AM] Joe – Sunday: Just join a rep gang
[04:39:22 AM] samantha: whats one of them?
[04:39:38 AM] Joe – Sunday: you just create a group of buddys
[04:40:28 AM] samantha: i aint into giving rep to every post i see, i think rep should be given to posts you feel for
Designing stickers is great fun and can be rewarding also.
I would suggest trying free logos etc as you suggested but also sites like get a freelancer and try and build a profile
I started by doing free logo stuff for friends and building a portfolio
Yes like “Manny” says u can try free logos and i am agree with him about the freelancer