I've made a catalog of varied work in the past year that never makes it to this site. It's often freelance design and problem solving that brings in a little extra income (always appreciated) or helps a friend in need.
My Dad was a lunchbucket construction guy, and the work I do is similar to how he made a living, just with different tools and more comfortable surroundings. He climbed ladders, I scale photos. He scratched figures with a carpenter pencil, I sketch with brushes and vectors.
It's the same blue collar work, though. We build things and put them in the world for people to use. Often, the work isn't even noticed, but that's the nature of our jobs.
I've never been much for design awards or elaborate showings of work. The best recognition is happy customers who use what I make.