Good designers write portfolio case studies. Great designers write stories.

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Understand the difference between a story and a case study.

  • The business impact of the people problem you solved
  • What happened around the project
  • How you think about design
  • Your work and self values
  • Your interaction with other people
  • Your trade-offs and push-backs
  • What went wrong in the project, and how you overcame it
  • The impact on the audience both short and long term
  • The effect on the design maturity of your company
  • What you learned from this project that changed your behavior
  • Etc

It boils down to a better representation of your full-self as opposed to just your work-self.

Show what went wrong.

People stand out when they highlight struggles, challenges, and how they overcame them.

Write only two or three stories.

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Stéphane Martin

Design leadership @Meta. Previously @ Shopify @Riotgames. I write about design leadership, product design strategy, and UX career.