if it doesn’t highlight the type of work you want to get,
if it’s incomplete
If you are trying to sell your services to potential client, show your best work and eliminate confusion. If you are trying to get hired to work for an agency or design studio, I guess it’s ok to show experimentations… but the client vs. employer should clearly be separated. As they serve two different purposes.
It’s a good idea to keep the design for reference/resource, it’s possible you might use the code base for another project… but the things you show, things that get you hired, be very strict and only show your best.
When I said he should include it in his portfolio and then informed the user that the project was not launched. This is important because a potential client can see a project which you claimed you did and go to the internet to search for it. Now, if you mention that it was not launched, that will be simple sincerity on your part and shows you are a human. We all have unlaunched and unfinished projects.
Paulie, with all due respect, think about what you’re saying. You don’t think clients want to see your ideas regardless if projects were launched or not? We’re not talking about putting text that says “client hated it”.
The suggestion was to indicate that the design/project was ‘not launched’.
Now I agree that there could be multiple reasons for that but it indicates that something negative happened. To me, and perhaps I am in the minority, marketing is about reinforcing positives and downplaying negatives.
By all means show an unused design as “Available” which might be a better option) but why highlight something that didn’t proceed?