Close up of the keys on an antique typewriter.
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In my time as a UX designer, I have interviewed many design candidates. Based on these experiences, I want to share a single piece of advice to all the designers out there looking for work: spell check your work!

Your CV (or résumé) and your design portfolio are your calling card. They are the very first impression I have of you as a potential hire. My experience of these two crucial documents will inform whether or not I recommend you for a face-to-face interview and they will determine my expectations of you going into that interview.

You see, I too…


I recently met an acquaintance who was hoping to move into the (wonderful) world of UX design here in South Africa. She was working as a developer, and had done some formal but limited UX training, and was coming up against the age old issue of “where is your portfolio?”. The following is an adaptation of my advice to her.

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Make a portfolio, no matter what

If you can’t wangle any UX into your current work, then work on creating a portfolio in your spare time. …

Nicola du Toit

UX designer and usability specialist by day. Musician by night. Archaeology and anthropology student in between.

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