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    Question Should I accept an adult web design job ?

    Several times Ive been contacted by adult escort services and more private sites, about doing web design for them, so far Ive declined, but Im not sure I should, since the money is good, and I dont really need to show these in my portfolio.

    What are your thoughts about this ?

    Thanks

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    It's a personal decision. As long as you're OK with doing the work personally, and understand that, regardless of how successful the project is, you wouldn't be able to show it to other clients or employers, then your only concern would be the legality of the work.
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    By all means do the work, there's no need to have them in your portfolio. In fact most web designers will never show all their sites in their portfolios anyway -adult or mainstream!

    If you can get a good reputation in the adult industry there is a huge amount of work available for adult sites because there is a massive demand - I have lost count of the number of 2-3 page promo sites I've built over the years - it's easy money if you want to take it.

    The only real difference is the subject matter, they are just web sitesat the end of the day, if you don't like it don't do it

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    If you have to ask here... you're already having a problem with it, so you probably shouldn't do it. Thank them for the opportunity and go find clients you are comfortable working for.
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    Well, personally I don´t have a problem, here in Denmark most people are very open-minded about adult stuff, but I do prefer to do jobs that I can show in my portfolio, because I don´t have that many sites, in any case, money is important, so maybe I should just do it and not link to it.

    Thanks guys.

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    I have often thought about this. I personally wouldn't do this kind of a job as I feel the adult industry is incredibly seedy and feel that I have too much of a conscience to aid in the exploitation of mentally vulnerable individuals.

    However if you feel that what you are doing is for the good of everyone, as well as yourself, then you shouldn't hold back.

    It is all down to personal opinion I suppose - though I would look into the 'behind the scenes' of the adult industry before jumping on the bandwagon.

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    It is a job like any other and you don't need to be negative only because "it is not prestigeous". If you don't want to stare at naked bodies the whole day, then don't get the job. If you however can do it like any other, then you are fine with the job.

    Most adult web sites are not stylish. If you can do a good one it would a challange.
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    One approach you could take is to set up another business which does the adult side of things - that way you can have a portfolio of adult websites which can bring in more of that sort of work.

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    go for it! good money, more experience, get a good name for your self.

    all win win as far as I can see.

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    Setup a new website for your adult orientated portfolio.

    Then actively pursue to obtain referrals from your xxx-clients. They're most of the time very close to eachother - so getting referrals shouldn't be hard.

    I'm sure you can make a very good income from catering to that particular market.

    Hope that helps,

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    If you don't have a problem looking at the content of such a site, you shouldn't have a problem designing the site to serve it to other people. Either don't link it from your portfolio, or set up an entirely separate adult design business, as Edora suggested.

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    IMO the only advantage from it is the money! so do you need that money?
    Because I don't advise you to put it as a reference in your portfolio and you know why! (and you don't seem have the intention to do so) What I know that in countries like Denmark or Sweden people don't have issues with nudity but adult industry is another thing totally different!

    and you don't seem to be very comfortable with the idea yourself otherwise you wouldn't have declined those offers in the past and you wouldn't have asked here or am I wrong?

    Generally when we're not comfortable with a work we don't do great job!
    Also there are things to consider: is their business legal? no underage or stuff like that?

    You should have created a poll for this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBigg View Post
    One approach you could take is to set up another business which does the adult side of things - that way you can have a portfolio of adult websites which can bring in more of that sort of work.

    Mike
    My thoughts exactly. And if after a while you feel you don't like that industry, close down that section of your work. Just don't bother adding the sites to your main portfolio.

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    See if you can get paid in kind for your work. That way you can keep it under the sheets. Besides, the work might be titilating..

    Sorry - couldn't resist. And anyway, at least one person had to be an idiot!!!

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    Absolutely no.

    No compromise with the porn industry. It has to be stopped. Though most people may not acknowledge it, this industry is responsible for a worldwide crisis of sexual lust (shown by the thousands more cases of sexual attacks than there were prior to the growth of this industry).

    I would not take this job, no matter the money involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffster View Post
    I have too much of a conscience to aid in the exploitation of mentally vulnerable individuals.
    Why do people involved in the porn industry have to be mentally vulnerable?

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    Do you get freebies?

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    Thanks for the comments, great replies. No freebies LOL.

    I have no problem with the porn industry, as some of you may know Denmark was the first country to legalize porn, and most of us are very open minded about this, but my main concern in whether to tell others about it (in my portfolio), or just do the job and forget about it. As some have suggested, I have many sites that are not in my portfolio, so this could just be one of them.

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    If Denmark is so liberal about it then surely less of your customers are likely to be put off by seeing something like this in your portfolio?

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    Agreed, but Im not interested in just danish customers, I would like to appeal to everyone (well, almost everyone)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyssen View Post
    If Denmark is so liberal about it then surely less of your customers are likely to be put off by seeing something like this in your portfolio?

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    The power of Christ compels you. The power of Christ compels you.

    Seriously though, If you "have no problem with the porn industry" why the question?
    I personally would never work on a porn site as I don't respect the industry and I feel I have skills that are in high demand. I can choose who I want to work for - I don't need to work somewhere just for money. But each to his own.

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    Exclamation Well get your convictions well defined

    Quote Originally Posted by wii View Post
    Several times Ive been contacted by adult escort services and more private sites, about doing web design for them, so far Ive declined, but Im not sure I should, since the money is good, and I dont really need to show these in my portfolio.

    What are your thoughts about this ?

    Thanks
    Well, the only reason you shouldn't handle the design of that site is if it goes against your spiritual, religious and moral values and convictions. Also the legality of this site and the buisness they are conducting in your area or location is very important.

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    putting it in your portfolio will close some doors in front of you especially in other countries!!

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    I've been asked to do this type of work, the pay is good & the work challenging .. I would go so far as saying that because the porn industry generates a lot of money the web sites are getting to be some of the best on the web.
    Only reason I didn't take the job is because I work at home & would not like my Missus & 2 young kids to walk into my study & see something unsavourable.

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    This is an interesting challenge actually. wii, you talk about adult sites, are they actually porn or just on the edge of it? Of course some people consider a nude body as porn, but as you stated, in your country (and in my original one) this is hardly a problem.

    I would take the job if it was not hard core stuff and try to make it beautiful and not seedy. Take it on as a challenge and see if you can create something that is not off putting to the people who are somewhat open minded. Turn it into a romantic something.

    Then you might actually be able to use it in your portfolio, otherwise forget it. Too many people are not tolerant in this area and they would turn you away.
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