Upgrades and Downgrades
Given my newfound employment situation, I have had some time to rearrange a few things around here. First up, Weekly Photography is gone. Don’t cry, in its place you will now find Daily Photography! Every day you will hopefully be treated to a new photograph; just like before, there will be a photo thumb in the sidebar on the homepage, but now you can also access it from the main nav or through syndication (RSS or Atom). What’s more, I have finally gotten around to adding comments and individual pages for each photograph. I did indeed love the previous Weekly Photography Flash module for its simplicity, but in the end, I needed something a bit more verbose. And now I have another reason to take too many photographs.
Reach Out and Touch Me
Also with my new professional aims, I decided it was time to straighten up and get a proper contact page going. Now you don’t have to use your boring old mail program or even leave your favorite site to contact me. 24/7/365, I am here for you, buddy.
Sadly, the last bit to note is not an addition, but a retraction. Due to copyright concerns, the extreme grey area that is fair-use, and the work-for-hire agreements I signed, I have had to temporarily take down my public portfolio. After getting hit from a couple of my past employers for showing some of the work I did while I was employed with them, I was asked to remove the work from my site. So it goes with work-for-hire agreements. For those who don’t know, work-for-hire agreements basically state that any work you do while employed under them are considered under the copyright and ownership of the employer/company. This means that your employer/company (and not you) is the one who created the work. It sucks, but this is pretty standard for just about any design related full-time employment contract.
I imagine before the internet, this wasn’t as big of a deal because people could use the work in their books when they would go interviewing around town. But that is just one copy of the work, shown privately. An online portfolio of your work on your site becomes a public entity for all the world to view at their leisure.
Fear not, since there is no work-for-hire contract for any new work I get, I can attempt to be master of my own domain. So, as soon as I have amassed enough to form a comfortable body of work, the public portfolio will be back. Until then, just take my word for it that I am a designer and I can design some OK stuff. If you are interested in hiring me for work, you may contact me to obtain a password to view the private portfolio. Please, no casual inquiries.
I apologize if anyone was trying to comment earlier this morning, in my mad dash to update the site I broke them. Everything is just peachy now.