Re: Samples Query

Subject: Re: Samples Query
From: Greg Holmes <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 08:00:55 -0400

Michele Davis wrote:

>Last year I created a calendar called
>Minnesota's Finest. I digitally altered the
>women, and I designed it, then made a Flash
>website for my client.

>Well, lo and behold TWO people this week
>disqualified me for having it as a link on
>my website. The men at Firm A called it a
>"girlie" magazine and said that since I have
>bad judgment to have a sample like that on my
>website then what type of "bad" judgments
>would I make in the office. The woman at Firm
>B called it "pornographic." And, obviously,
>since she thought it was porn, I wouldn't be
>a good fit.

Reasonable people hold varied opinions
about this sort of thing. While I gather you
are mystified that any such objections exist,
you received clear evidence that they do.

>So, what to do? Bury it on my site so deep it
>will be hard to find? Dump the sample
>altogether? Argh! I don't know what to do and
>am feeling frustrated.

>For all the Internet to see, it can viewed at:

As Barry pointed out, at the least tone down
the copy. You probably read it as merely ironic
or humorous, others may not. Think of it as an
exercise in "knowing your audience" ;), trying
to understand these other points of view.

Do you have other, less risky (or risque ;))
samples that showcase similar skills? Just as
some universities, say, might be less than
impressed by your talent at laying out weapons
system brochures, you will similarly be closing
some doors with these samples.

Greg Holmes


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