A few months ago (before Corona) I had the opportunity to participate in a portfolio review for an entire class of college Seniors. Our team went through each one of these student’s portfolios and gave them feedback on what to improve. I am writing this article to share some of the feedback we gave in hope of helping other UX Designers improve their portfolios.

You might be saying, “I don’t have time to work on my portfolio.” and I would believe you, but we are all stuck at home so stop making excuses!

Let’s get started! (These are not in any specific…


Are you an amazing public speaker that loves to be in front of a large audience? Well, I am not. I have a fear of public speaking (like many of you might) but this did not stop me from volunteering to teach a design workshop in Utah and Armenia.

Now that these two workshops are over I thought I would reflect on what I have learned so far. If nothing else, I hope to remind you of a few things you should do when creating slides, collecting materials, public speaking, and facilitating a workshop.

This article is not about what I taught, but what I learned from this experience. I hope that by reading this you are less likely to make the same mistakes I made teaching my first workshop. …


I have a degree in Industrial Design (ID) but I switched my focus a year and a half ago to User Experience Design (UX). Now that I have a better understanding of UX and still have ID fresh on my mind I wanted to break down how the design processes compare.

While both design processes are very similar, there is a clear distinction between the way companies design physical products vs. digital products. Both processes have influenced the way I design today and I hope that when compared, it will influence your work as well.

🚨Warning: These are my opinions from my experiences and are not defined processes. There are overlaps in these fields which I won’t get into in this article. …


Have you ever designed an amazing feature just to find out no one is using it? As designers, icons are something we deal with regularly. Whether you love them or hate them, the right icon can drastically change your user's experience.

My team and I recently worked on redesigning some of the interface and interactions used in Workfront’s secondary navigation. I would like to take a few minutes to share my experience on how we used UsabilityHub to run tests against potential icons to increase discoverability by 40%.

Why

At Workfront, we just ended a closed Alpha for a complete redesign of our software. During this Alpha, we got a tremendous amount of valuable feedback that we summed up to help us focus on areas of the software to improve. Secondary navigation was one of those areas that needed to be improved. …

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Alex Barker

UX Designer @Workfront | Founder @Crowwwn

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