I want to do web design work for free. Where should I be looking for collaborators/clients?
I'm primarily a print designer, but I've been doing web design for the past year or so, and I love it - I've had some large projects to learn on, and figuring things out as I go is really fun and a great challenge. My last big project is coming to a close, and I want another one. I love my day job and I'm not looking to get out or market myself independently, so I'm approaching this as a chance to learn more and collaborate, not nickel-and-dime (ie, no Elance-type stuff). I'd rather work for free on an interesting project than compete for lowball rates on something boilerplate.
The question is, where do I find those interesting projects?
Here's where I've looked so far:
- Through Googling, I found Taproot
, but the former is not in my city, and the latter looks a little more focused on providing basic services (which is great, just not what I'm looking for here). Am I wrong? Are there any other similar organizations?
- I tried posting a Craigslist ad for this a while back, but it seems that its not kosher to offer free services right next to people offering the same thing for a fee. Which makes sense in retrospect; I don't want to hurt anyone else's business here. Is there a Craigslist for artsy/collaborative/creative projects?
has some great general advice, it's just sourcing clients that I'm stuck on.)