I’ve been sending out resumes and portfolios to the companies listed near my area that i found via the “design firms” list. the problem is that more than a few have responded that they no longer have offices open in my area. it made me wonder, ‘what design firms ARE near me in the calofornia bay area?’. i know that i can get a list from IDSA, but it will cost me something along the lines of $100. are there any other resources out there where i can get a listing of companies up and running around me?
A design school in your area may have a list of contacts on their site for students to use. Do you have any friends in the design field where you live? After 5 or 6 years you become aware of a lot of the firms in your city.