Sometimes the “bad piece” can be great signal on how this designer has grown in the past x months…
Adam Storr

I totally agree about the value of past work & how it can show growth. I think my main distinction is that a portfolios main purpose is to show your best work, not the growth through your career. I think a resume is a great way to show growth and showing early work in a portfolio without a conversation could do more harm than good. That being said if there’s thoughtful commentary and context around the early work I could see how that could be beneficial, but requires the reviewer to spend a lot of time investment and review.