10 Best practices for an Ux portfolio
“A GOOD PORTFOLIO WON’T GET YOU HIRED, IT WILL ONLY GET YOU THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE OF THE HIRING PROCESS, A CHANCE TO BETTER EXPLAIN YOUR WORK ”
1- Code if you can , If you know coding (and of course you know design), build a website by yourself. If not it’s ok to considers using tier services such as Squarespace, Adobe portfolio, buying theme from ThemeForest...
2- Don’t showcase everything , only your best work and just enough to get people interested (just like a dating profile) , it should get you the next phase of the hiring process in which you’ll be more exhaustive. Focus on the design process from the conceptualization phase to the finished product, also consider a Pdf file so that people can download all your work.
3- Know your audience , a UX professional is a problem solver therefore most of his work is done in research findings, sketches and wireframes ,these are not easily digestible for the average person. One way to do it is by describing your screenshots with a small note then finish by describing with one note what are the result of the process with numbers.
“A GOOD PORTFOLIO SHOULD HAVE REAL WORLD CHANGING RESULTS”
4- Redesigning is good for beginners , for UX and UI designer in order to manifest your thought process and get a shot, just don’t showcase them as your main work , a good portfolio should have real world changing results. Some screenshots at the end or a link to your dribble account for all your redesign ideas should work just fine.
5- You should try Blogging. blogging is an underrated way to showcase your thought process so by blogging regularly, and engaging with the community you give a good glimpse into your values , mindset and creative process . Write for your personal blog , medium , Linkedin…
“CRAFT A GOOD STORY , A VISUAL NARRATIVE , THAT REPRESENTS YOUR JOURNEY AND THE OBSTACLES, SURPRISES, SUCCESSES AND FAILURES”
6-Craft a good story , a visual narrative, that represents your journey and the obstacles, surprises, successes and failures . You are the main character and your story is your growth and experiences for each project you have been a part of .
7-Be vulnerable, only showcasing your best work doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be open about the difficulties you met along the process , this is an excellent way to explain how you choose to overcome them .
“A GOOD PORTFOLIO IS NOT ABOUT SHOWCASING YOUR SKILLS, IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU APPLY THOSE SKILLS TO SOLVE ISSUES”
8- Demonstrate how you think, a good portfolio is not about showcasing your skills, it’s more about how you apply those skills to solve issues , your thought process is what will determine if you’re a good fit.
9-ask for feedback , ask friends, colleagues, even your mom, having a fresh perspective on your work will help you improve it .
10- Share your work. Having a portfolio online doesn’t mean your work will be seen . Be shameless and share your work through well known outlets such as Dribbble, Behance, your personal Facebook page , Linkedin and such, having a consistent online presence is key.