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about building a design portfolio

5:27 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

I've recently gone freelance, and need to build an online portfolio of my work. I've seen many nice portfolios where the designers include images of their designs. My question is: how do I create an "image" of my designs, instead of providing a link to the actual site? My concern is, that over time, those who've hired me may make changes to their sites that are outside of my original design intent, and I want my portfolio to reflect *my* work in its original state. How does one save an html page as an image?

Thank you!

5:42 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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take a screenshot.
3:48 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm dealing with this issue myself. Most of the clients I provide Content Management tools to end up completely boogering up the design with huge fontsand bad colors.

My plan is to simply create a directory on my own server for each website that houses the original design. That way, prospective clients are looking at the pristine, unadultered site that I created, not the crapstorm that the client creates. The portfolio just points to my samples.

11:34 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I only work for clients that don't want to take care of their sites themselves (too big of a headache) so my portfolio is the same as when I designed it unless I made the changes myself.

If you set up a whole new page on your own site unless you change all the text then your client, or yourself may get penalized for duplicae content.

3:44 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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With all due respect, how to you decline to provide a CMS to a client who makes that part of the specs when they call you for a quote? Are you busy enough that you can either turn folks away who request that or simply demand a maintenance agreement?

If either, I am jealous. But I may need to work myself in that direction. Because you are correct, CMS systems do nothing more than open up a pandora's box of problems.