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So I've come seeking some suggestions. As of right now, I preparing for my senior project (which begins Jan. 12th). This project involves me creating a total identity package (or as much as is needed) for a business/organization/established group. The project is basically the final determining factor for me to complete my bachelor of science in graphic design.

The requirements of the project are to basically meet a clients needs completely in terms of advertising, logo design, letterhead/stationary/business cards, package design, brochures, website(s), interactive media, even embroidered and screen printed items. All of this will be done for free with the exception of actually paying to have the advertising placed and larger runs of any printed materials.

Before anyone scoffs at this and rolls their eyes - I do have real world experience (about a year working as an actual designer), I've also worked as an intern designer, and for several months in a printing company.

My problem right now is finding a unique company to offer this service too. I have one candidate now but I need three to present to my head professor who will then select from the options which one to pursue. What I'm thinking now is that I should probably choose a tech company, maybe a small tech business, since that fits my interests well.

Here's my question to you: Do you think it would be worthwhile to seek out some small business owners here on OCN, and if so, where/what forum should I post my offer?
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several notes to this:

1. you should use your creative side to create the three companies. three off the bat that pop in my head are restaurant, plumbing company, and internet company.

2. with the said mentioned above you do what any common new start up company would need, logo, business card, letterhead, envelope, post card (maybe), magazine ad and website. I did about 12 of these pieces for my portfolio and still crank out ideas for my portfolio on a regular basis.

3. I believe it is againt the terms to advertise work, contact the admin.

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you are also very lucky i had to create 5 for my design project/portfolio class. you only have to do one, i hate you, lol
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several notes to this:

1. you should use your creative side to create the three companies. three off the bat that pop in my head are restaurant, plumbing company, and internet company.

2. with the said mentioned above you do what any common new start up company would need, logo, business card, letterhead, envelope, post card (maybe), magazine ad and website. I did about 12 of these pieces for my portfolio and still crank out ideas for my portfolio on a regular basis.

3. I believe it is againt the terms to advertise work, contact the admin.

EDIT:
you are also very lucky i had to create 5 for my design project/portfolio class. you only have to do one, i hate you, lol
Thank you for the quick feedback and plus rep!

I have been debating coming up with my own companies, I'm thinking I might but I'm uncertain as of now. There is a emphasis on finding and working with a real client, particularly one who is established (not a start-up) and who is in need of design work (ie needs stationary, website, etc but maybe cannot afford professional work).

To be exact, I think the maximum grade allowed with a "invented" company is a "B". So there is basically a one letter-grade penalty involved. I doubt this would hurt me, I essentially at the top of my class in terms of grades, but it still feels like giving myself an unnecessary handicap.

Assuming I did want to offer this service on OCN, is there an particular admin I should talk to about this to clarify? I'm not looking for payment, this is more of an offer for a freebie to a business owner, but I suppose it is a bit of a grey-area...

all that said, does anyone have some good ideas for unique tech/internet company? Another idea I had was to design a total package for a hypothetical non-profit organization (like a cancer awareness foundation or something to that effect).

EDIT:
One project isn't as great as it sounds, there 2 huge presentations involved where we are expected to give a 15+min talk and then showcase essentially everything we designed (all of which must be reproduced physically and/or exactly to spec on our own dime) and finally there is also a multiple essays ending with a 30+ page final paper which must explain our process for the project.

On another note, awesome desktop/rip/servers setup you're building, i hate you too, lol
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i dont see how you can get a letter lower because you didnt use a real company. if thats the case they are saying you have to find work and offer it free in terms . . . . id challenge that if i were you. best way to find ideas is do a search and locate a typical trend and alter yours to be better, i do typically 1/4 research time if the client has not already presented ideas. if no ideas, fee is more, regardless of vision because i can not read minds
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i dont see how you can get a letter lower because you didnt use a real company. if thats the case they are saying you have to find work and offer it free in terms . . . . id challenge that if i were you. best way to find ideas is do a search and locate a typical trend and alter yours to be better, i do typically 1/4 research time if the client has not already presented ideas. if no ideas, fee is more, regardless of vision because i can not read minds
The lower letter grade is a sort of unspoken thing, professors trying to make the project more difficult I guess. Either way, in the past years the design graduates I know who made up their own companies have always, always gotten graded lower even when their work is arguably as good or better than that of those who received something higher.

At the end after submitting and presenting the project a panel of all the design professors all score the project and give an average. So all the design faculty seem to have the same feeling toward wanting us to find a real client.

I do have some promising news, through a friend I found out that a local antique car museum is in need of website/brochure/advertising - definitely the most interesting possibility yet. I'll be contacting them tomorrow so fingers crossed...
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