Mr-914 wrote:Lastly, you can always ask your boss, just practice the conversation in your head before hand. "Hey, next time I update my portfolio, could I toss in that derailleur gear concept we canned?" Lots of coulds-woulds-ifs makes it seem like you have no immediate plan. Just plan for follow up questions in case the boss is paranoid.
That is a good strategy, just be casual about it, even for designers not planning to leave it is probably good to have some sort of agreement or understanding around this. Consider establishing these ground rules with your new employer.
I would also say that if you are interviewing at a company in a totally unrelated industry then it would be less risky, but I agree, you never know who you might run into.
If some of the projects are purely stylization projects then I think those should be fine unless your company has a strong reputation for being a trend setter in a realm like fashion, apparel, or soft goods.