There has been a debate in design circles for years about whether spec work is productive or destructive to the designer. Arguments can be made for both sides and sites exist that support both views and profit from them.
As for my personal opinion, I only support it if it falls under the category of personal work, meant to show your skills or stretch your creative muscle.
It seems the crew at Topic Simple shares the same view and has created a video to support it. It’s short and sweet, giving intelligent definitions and arguments to support their belief. Check it out below and hit their website here to view more of their videos.
I’ve been a follower of Lifehacker.com for a while now. They have excellent reviews and posts on just about everything.
This past week they covered freelancing, which I know is the ultimate goal of many of my former students. Here are a couple of links to posts they covered in their Podcast. I would definitely suggest subscribing to their Podcast, it’s usually only a few minutes long but packed full of great information and links.
How To Start Freelancing (Without Quitting Your Job)
Top 10 Tips and Tools For Freelancers
Stumbled upon this blog entry by accident but it makes perfect sense.
Two things I want to add to this list… it’s important to get real world experience before you try going it on your own. I would recommend at least three years working for an agency, firm, etc.
Also, if you can get a variety of experience then that is better than just riding it out at one place. If you want to focus on print, make certain that at the very least you work closely with a printer.