In my endeavour to keep a record of my portfolio I’ve been scouring the web for images of projects that I’ve worked on. I’ve done cool stuff for big companies so I didn’t think I’d have too much trouble finding screenshots. What I wasn’t prepared for was finding them on other people’s portfolios.
The first one I found the other day was an internal project that I built from the ground up, and I slapped together a stylesheet for the front end. So it shocked me to find an ex-colleague claiming to have done the interface design for the project. Now you could say this is very flattering, but the stylesheet that I put together wasn’t even that good! The guy that’s claiming to have done this interface design is a really talented designer so I’ve no idea why he’s claiming to have done this frankly quite poor interface design which pales in comparison to his other work.
I’ve just found a second example where the designer of a project is also claiming to have built it as well. It was me! I built it! I remember it well because you used bloody transparency in every place imaginable, then overlaid more transparent things outside the grid and had a sky background that was so subtly different on every page that no one could tell the difference! She then claims that there was some nice Ajax, well actually no there wasn’t any at all! A quick trip to the Wayback Machine will tell you that!
I am quite obviously annoyed, but I’m also a bit confused. All of the work I put in my portfolio is my own. I tell you what I did, what I didn’t do, what I enjoyed (or didn’t!) and what I learned doing it. As soon as you start lying about your portfolio you’re running the risk of being caught out. What happens if you’re at an interview and someone asks you why you said there was nice Ajax when there isn’t? What happens if they ask you to explain why you’ve done something a certain way and you can’t?
I’m not overly fussed about getting these people to revoke their claims to my work. I know these projects intimately and can explain every detail of what I’ve done, how and why. So if any questions ever arose about my credibility during an interview or otherwise, I would be able to answer them. The same can’t be said for the people taking credit for my work, and really, who are they kidding? Only themselves.