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File Naming and Archiving


I might have missed it but I could'nt find much info on file naming and more importantly archiving. I've been using a single folder for current work, giving a 4 letter tag to the projects and giving them a 01-99 tag before that to show priority. But now that I've actually been completing projects that system doesnt quite work for archiving.

How you all archive your work?

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So much competition. I'm a...

So much competition. I'm a graphic designer too, just graduated.

I hadnt thought about the DVD/CD burning but that makes total sense. I've been constantly going back to older work, re-designing, and re-photographing so such a permanent storage never crossed my mind.

I'm always wary of sub folders (out of sight out of mind) so that my folders end up being timelines with folders for images only. The only problem with that is that is when there are two visual ideas going forward at the same time and/or I start saving additions onto older files. I know the solution is to break up every visual iteration into seperate files to avoid backsaving but it seems paradoxical to create more files to organize better.





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