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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 ?

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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 themightystephen View Post
    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 themightystephen View Post
    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.
    Can you substantiate that comment? Pornography has been growing since the 50s, and before then the vast majority of sexual crimes such as rape and molestation went unreported. I have not heard of any reports or studies that make this correlation and I doubt it's true.

    As for working for the adult industry, I think it's a personal decision. If nothing illegal or dangerous is going on, I see no problem with it but I choose not to work on adult sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themightystephen View Post
    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.
    Fair enough if you don't agree, you don't take the job. However your statement about the adult industry being responsible for a "crisis of sexual lust" is IMO complete rubbish. You only have to go ti India/Nepal and similar places and see medievil architecture that is plastered with erotic carvings and sexual depictions. Sexuality is part of humankind and no amount of religious/political suppression will ever change that. Sure there is what we call sexual attacks but there always has been since mankind first walked the earth, only with the advent of the internet has it got *noticed* more because we can now see news and opinion worldwide and not just in our own localities.

    "Porn" is only a small slice of the adult industry. What most people refer to as "porn" is only the tip of the iceberg. Alongside you have a plethora of actors, directors, camera crew, producers, editors, technicians, marketing staff, support staff, graphic designers, web designers, programmers, manufacturers and so on. Also don't forget that lingerie and adult toys also falls in this area.

    Of all the people I have worked with in the adult industry around half were female and most were very talented people, whether they were designers, web site owners, producers or porn actors. They were all genuinely nice people as well who did what they did because they loved their work.

    A lot of folk will shout "exploitation" as well. Yes there is some explotation in adult but this tends to be well outside the mainstream area, usually run by criminal gangs who will do anything to earn bucks and likely the same people responsible for rackeetring, drug running, fake viagra email/scams and so on - porn is just another money making line to them. Also don't forget that there are still many people being exploited by big brand names in 3rd world countries making your nice designer trainers and clothing.

    I'm off my high horse now

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedreamer View Post
    Fair enough if you don't agree, you don't take the job. However your statement about the adult industry being responsible for a "crisis of sexual lust" is IMO complete rubbish. You only have to go ti India/Nepal and similar places and see medievil architecture that is plastered with erotic carvings and sexual depictions. Sexuality is part of humankind and no amount of religious/political suppression will ever change that. Sure there is what we call sexual attacks but there always has been since mankind first walked the earth, only with the advent of the internet has it got *noticed* more because we can now see news and opinion worldwide and not just in our own localities.

    "Porn" is only a small slice of the adult industry. What most people refer to as "porn" is only the tip of the iceberg. Alongside you have a plethora of actors, directors, camera crew, producers, editors, technicians, marketing staff, support staff, graphic designers, web designers, programmers, manufacturers and so on. Also don't forget that lingerie and adult toys also falls in this area.

    Of all the people I have worked with in the adult industry around half were female and most were very talented people, whether they were designers, web site owners, producers or porn actors. They were all genuinely nice people as well who did what they did because they loved their work.

    A lot of folk will shout "exploitation" as well. Yes there is some explotation in adult but this tends to be well outside the mainstream area, usually run by criminal gangs who will do anything to earn bucks and likely the same people responsible for rackeetring, drug running, fake viagra email/scams and so on - porn is just another money making line to them. Also don't forget that there are still many people being exploited by big brand names in 3rd world countries making your nice designer trainers and clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura View Post
    Can you remember when you were a child? I can. At the ripe old age of 5 I knew about the basic stuff that is involved.
    You knew all that stuff when you were 5? How bad.

    ps how big are your boobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bals28mjk View Post
    You knew all that stuff when you were 5? How bad.
    I grew up a very healthy girl and was glad to know the stuff.


    Quote Originally Posted by bals28mjk View Post
    ps how big are your boobs?
    This question I will just let stand. That is a question you should not ask on this forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by bals28mjk View Post
    ps how big are your boobs?
    I think that was the point at which this thread started to lose all value!
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    Quote Originally Posted by themightystephen View Post
    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.
    Sexual Attacks such as rape predated Jesus. I don't think a porn "industry" existed back then. If anything, places where sex and nudity is greatly restricted have the highest levels of sexual abuse (Afghanistan anyone?).

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    Interesting thread. Do you apply your same ethical sensibilities to other industries that you might find personally objectionable or exploitive, such as oil companies, multi-national corporations, the fast food industry, insurance companies, etc?
    Last edited by Kricket; Sep 8, 2007 at 15:30. Reason: clarification


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