Why I moved my UX portfolio to Medium
As a Human Computer Interaction masters student looking for an internship opportunity, I had to create my first UX portfolio. It is not very difficult to design and hard code your “Perfect” portfolio website….at least that’s what I thought.
I was not sure about the design but I knew that it had to be simple, easy on the eyes and fun to read. Using any WordPress themes or any other CMS was a big no because you know customization, integrity, and freedom(kind of BS standards I made for myself). Some research on medium on how to make your first portfolio, few boxes on Photoshop, some HTML, few slices of pizza and lots of coffee later I had my portfolio Beta version ready.
I called it portfolio beta because I had the basic layout ready but it still had to be optimized, responsive and also needed a domain name with hosting and then SEO, a better way for me to manage and edit since I was not using any CMS. I also wanted to share it with some other designers so that I could get some feedback. This was a major project in itself and I didn’t know how much longer I could survive without a portfolio.
And one day I stumbled upon this old tweet by this dude which got me thinking
I had spent so many hours creating the design for a website which had no content. For a beginner in UX, my focus was all wrong and I should have looked at some platform which provides great design, easy setup, great exposure and easy to use text editor. I didn’t have to look really far for an answer and decided to move my portfolio to medium.
But why medium?
Great user experience, responsive design and mobile application. With a publication, you can have enough customization on the landing page with a custom banner image, different layout and also a custom domain(paid feature). The text editor is very simple to use but does not support Grammarly :(
A UX portfolio is bound to have images, videos, gifs, and InVision prototypes. Medium has custom presets for images and also videos so it is much easier than creating media in a different resolution to fit all the platforms and also InVision prototypes can be embedded onto a medium post(#hidden feature).
The main purpose of having a portfolio in the first place is to be able to visually and elaborately communicate your ideas with experts and muggles. Medium is a popular platform with a huge design community presence, this could be a great way to get critique and even to make new connections.
Medium stats make every post speak to you after it has been published with information such as read ratio and recommendations. It gives you enough data to nudge you to create more content(great for your portfolio).
I believe that medium can be a great starting point for making a great portfolio for beginners in UX and as of today I am taking my old portfolio offline and using Medium as my primary portfolio. I will update back on any road blocks or discoveries in a few months.
See you on the other side