How can I do some free design work?
I am a designer that wants to do some free design work for people, but the problem is, how do I find people to do free work for? Is there any place online?
The reason behind this is that I am good at this, but I don't have any clients, or any previous experience and I am a freelancer, so this would look good on my portfolio.
By free work, I mean that the clients don't have to pay a single penny for the work that I do.
Have you tried offering your services to your community? Places always in need of graphic designers include:
- Religious communities (churches)
- Community centres
- Amateur theatre groups
- Support groups (i.e. AA)
- Immigration welcoming groups
- Senior communities
By the way, you can always do these things without saying explicitly "hey, I am a graphic designer and I am looking for graphic design tasks". Just volunteer to do things that are graphic design by nature like posters, websites, flyers etc. As a bonus, you will get experience on how to handle clients: even if you do it for free people can get very demanding and opinionated.
Mind you, the more we offer or work for free the more people think our work is worth nothing. It is always good to give back to the community, but it is also important to educate the world. We do what we do for a living, not just for the love of it.
I suggest that you contribute to an open source project.