Don’t get foiled by complicated portfolio creation: a beginner’s look at UXfolio
When I started shifting my career from Media Archives towards Technology a few years ago, the term “UX Design” was still largely unknown to me. In the most basic terms, it’s how companies strive to make websites or apps easier for customers to navigate. But it’s a lot more complex than simply being able to locate the shopping cart on your Prime account & adding stuff.
After a 13-year stint with my previous employer, I made a career change towards User Experience. Building a website from scratch would be time-consuming (not to mention my experience with doing so is minimal), so I searched for alternate options that were beginner-friendly. Enter UXfolio.
I was introduced to UXfolio by Joe Formica - founder of Bitesize UX & instructor at General Assembly, and a designer himself. When it comes to putting together a UX portfolio, many designers miss the point when it comes to telling a story. They believe they need to include ALL the projects they’ve ever designed, otherwise they won’t put themselves on hiring managers’ radars. This is especially true for those who are brand new to UX, and aren’t sure how/where to showcase work. As I’ve learned, all you really need is 3–6 pieces, even if they’re not perfect (because that’s the beauty of UX - you can always iterate before the product is launched).
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest challenges of creating a portfolio is deciding whether to build it from scratch (you could also pay someone to code it for you, but they might charge more than you’re willing to spend) or utilize a site building platform such as Squarespace or Weebly (this tends to be the preferred route for UX’ers). UXfolio falls into the latter category; similar to its drag-and-drop counterparts, UXfolio is simple-to-navigate & you can build & publish a professional-looking portfolio quickly. However, unlike its competitors, it is geared solely towards promoting Case Studies, which is exactly what novice UX’ers need in order to show their process when going from problem to (potential) solution.
Uxfolio does a wonderful job at inspiring designers, regardless of experience level, to promote their brand with tools such as copy writing guides (in case you get stuck on how to formulate your findings into words), built-in mockups (so you don’t have to go searching all over the Internet for them), and the ability to embed prototypes from InVision, Marvel, or whichever design tool you’re using. As an added bonus, you can even request feedback on your Case Studies from expert UX’ers!
With all of UXfolio’s awesome features, you might be wondering if there’s a downside. The only one I noted was the pricing plan; your first project is free, but if you want to add more, you have two plan options: Standard or Premium. But compared to other site building platform payment plans, these are low-cost so it’s really not much of a downside at all!
Oh, and here’s my Uxfolio so you can see what I’ve created.