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Have You Ever Designed Something You Were Too Ashamed To Put Your Name On?

We’ve all taken jobs we’d prefer not to advertise. Consider this your chance to absolve the sin.

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A lot of the time, non-disclosure agreements prevent designers from advertising their best work for their biggest clients. But disclosure is a two-way street. There’s no law saying you have to claim something that you designed–especially if it was risque, controversial, ruined by a client, or just horribly conceived in the first place.

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So we’d like to know: What work have you done that you’ve been too ashamed to tell anyone about?

Email your story to our tips line. Your response will be kept anonymous and judgement-free. We will share the best with the rest of the class.

When writing a letter, be sure to: Generally describe your work and background. Explain how or why you were involved in the project. And let us know why it’s a project you choose not to claim as your own today. Did something go awry? Or did you know from the get-go that you’d regret your decision in the morning?

Thanks in advance for your candor. And if you need a little inspiration to get started, read this confession from the Tony Soprano of porn SEO.

About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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