Design survey: ideas & your portfolio

24 Oct 2004 - 10:48pm
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aquinn at westp...
2004

Hi Folks, I'm doing a survey for my postgrad studies. The aim is to answer
the following question:

How many of your ideas make it into your portfolio, ie become real pieces
of work you can point to when applying for a job or pitching a client?

1. About a third or less.
2. About half or less.
3. About two thirds.
4. More than two thirds.

I'd be most grateful if you could take a few seconds to complete my online
survey at

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=82465672930

There is only one question. You don't need to give any identifying
information.

If you don't want to go to another site, just post your answer in a reply
on this thread.

I'll post the results when my survey is finished.

Thanks in advance,

Antq

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Comments

25 Oct 2004 - 9:16am
Josh Seiden
2003

I know you asked for a survey response, (which I
answered--about 1/3 or less), but this is a more
complex question.

How much of my work becomes real work: more than half.
How much of that real work makes it into my portfolio:
less than 10%.

--most of my work is enterprise apps. Hard to show
running versions w/o an army of consultants.

How much of *my* work (not the
converted-into-real-software version) is available to
be shown during the sales process? Under the right
circumstances--respecting ownership, but showing
modified versions--nearly 100%.

How many of my sales start with portfolio work: 0%.

--I'm relatively established now, and most of my leads
come from my network, not from cold contacts with my
posted portfolio.

How many sales want to see portfolio at some point:
100%.

- Everyone wants to see something.

JS

>
> Hi Folks, I'm doing a survey for my postgrad studies.
The aim
> is to answer
> the following question:
>
> How many of your ideas make it into your portfolio,
ie become
> real pieces
> of work you can point to when applying for a job or
pitching a client?
>
> 1. About a third or less.
> 2. About half or less.
> 3. About two thirds.
> 4. More than two thirds.

26 Oct 2004 - 2:56am
H Taylor
2004

Antq,

I'm not sure if this is intentional, of course, but I'd like to point
out that your question is a bit ambiguous. On my initial read, I
thought you were driving at a question along the lines of "how
receptive are your employers to your design ideas (how much influence
do you have in product development)?". Rereading, I wonder if the
question is more like, "when developing design ideas, how many
alternatives do you create for any single problem?"

Basically, you seem to be asking about a filtering process, but you
don't make clear which one you are interested. I see (at least) the
following types of filtering:

- Design ideas proposed by a designer but rejected by an employer/client

- Design alternatives created in parallel to solve a single problem,
where only one may get fully developed and/or implemented

- Designs that are fully developed and possibly implemented, but don't
get used for a portfolio due to the rigorous editing required to
produce a powerful but succint portfolio

These are different questions. Is this distinction important to you,
and if so, do you think varying interpretations of the question may
skew your results?

- Hal

> Hi Folks, I'm doing a survey for my postgrad studies. The aim is to
> answer
> the following question:
>
> How many of your ideas make it into your portfolio, ie become real
> pieces
> of work you can point to when applying for a job or pitching a client?
>
> 1. About a third or less.
> 2. About half or less.
> 3. About two thirds.
> 4. More than two thirds.
>
> I'd be most grateful if you could take a few seconds to complete my
> online
> survey at
>
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=82465672930
>
> There is only one question. You don't need to give any identifying
> information.
>
> If you don't want to go to another site, just post your answer in a
> reply
> on this thread.
>
> I'll post the results when my survey is finished.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Antq

26 Oct 2004 - 6:46pm
aquinn at westp...
2004

Hi Hal,

You're correct, there is some ambiguity and while not intentional, it's
made the survey very interesting. I didn't initially think about the
filtering issues you mentioned but they are a big factor. In fact, quite a
few people have responded with suggestions as to "why" ideas don't make it
to the portfolio stage and this has been the most interesting part of the
survey. I'll complile the numbers but also a summary of these related
issues for posting in a few days, out of courtesy but also because I'm
interested in the reasons behind the numbers.

Cheers

Anthony

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