I'm a product designer and recently started looking for a new job. I'd been working on an app idea on the side and already got pretty far with the whole design and have a prototype. A developer friend also wanted to partner with me and we've started building the actual product.
I was originally just going to put it as one of my projects on my portfolio while I job hunt. I have a couple other work projects, but none of them compare in the level of enthusiasm and passion I have for this one, so it would be a strong case study to use in interviews.
However, my developer friend mentioned he was concerned if I made the design public, that makes it pretty easy for anyone to steal since they would not only have the idea but also basically the design blueprints that I showcase in my portfolio. I've never ventured into actually building/launching my own mobile app and wanted to see if anyone has experience with this and advice on the best path forward –
- Just put it on my portfolio and continue with job hunt as well as building it, and deal with it later if someone else tries stealing/developing the designs (is the risk high or low?)
- Leave the app off my portfolio since it's something that's being actively developed, and create some new project ideas for my portfolio instead
- If I'm going to be getting the app developed, commit to that fully instead of job hunting
- Password protect the portfolio (though the general consensus I've heard is passwords are annoying to recruiters/hiring managers)
- Some other option?