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14 Ways to an Impressive UX Design Portfolio

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Tips on how to make your UX Design portfolio impressive by demonstrating your UX skills, strong understanding of User, adding value to business and team while being results-oriented and at the same time making your story compelling to your target audience.

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14 Ways to an Impressive UX Design Portfolio

  1. 1. 14 ways to an Impressive UX Design Portfolio
  2. 2. Why do you need a portfolio?
  3. 3. It is a demonstration of your: ▷ Skills and talent ▷ Personality ▷ Accomplishments ▷ Evidence of work which can be reviewed and compared to other Designers’ work.
  4. 4. “It is your first impression to be considered for a project or a role. Portfolio is your story
  5. 5. How do you make your story compelling enough to kick start a great conversation with your potential employer?
  6. 6. 1. Know your audience
  7. 7. ▷ You should know who they are and what they are looking for. ▷ How can you as a Designer add value to the team and the business.
  8. 8. 2. Deep understanding of your ‘User’
  9. 9. ▷Does your portfolio showcase a strong understanding of users and how your designs have resulted in ‘Happy’ users?
  10. 10. 3. Be Objective
  11. 11. ▷Showcase in your portfolio your curiosity and passion for what motivates users for certain action. ▷The action can be a specific task you want them to do or an emotion or experience you want them to leave with.
  12. 12. 4. Showcase your skills as a Designer
  13. 13. ▷Use case studies to show how you solved certain problems. ▷Examples where you can show through screenshots (or videos, sketches, and graphs): Visual Design - icons, typography, colors, layouts. UX Designers - wireframes, prototypes, flowchart, sitemap. UX Researchers- Focus groups, interviews, personas, surveys.
  14. 14. 5. Focussing on Nonaesthetic aspects of Design
  15. 15. ▷Showcase how you solved business problems and achieved certain objectives
  16. 16. 6. Research process
  17. 17. ▷Narrate your process of identifying user needs, and analyzing the data you collected.
  18. 18. 6(a). Research process Identifying User needs
  19. 19. ▷What were the objectives and why did you chose a particular methodology. ▷Narrate through screenshots of research questions, in-depth interview videos etc.
  20. 20. 6(b). Research process Analyzing the data
  21. 21. ▷What were the insights that drove you to certain conclusions? ▷How did you develop user personas?
  22. 22. 7(a). Design process Ideation
  23. 23. ▷Show sketches, handwritten notes, and whiteboard pics of ideas you had brainstormed explaining the context to help viewer identify what you have tried to achieve.
  24. 24. 7(b). Design process Prototyping
  25. 25. ▷Display your sketches, wireframes, and prototypes while also providing a snippet of what you achieved.
  26. 26. 7(c). Design process Usability Testing
  27. 27. ▷Show how you collected data and what changes you made from the feedback.
  28. 28. 8. Limited or no UX experience
  29. 29. ▷Look for companies that look for Designers at entry level, do side projects and show your work in your portfolio. ▷Don’t miss out the volunteering opportunities. ▷Connect with a mentor who can guide and help you learn fast.
  30. 30. 9. Be a Results-oriented Designer
  31. 31. ▷Did you achieve any business objectives in the past projects? ▷Were you able to bring in more business such as: More revenues. More customers. Achieve a higher customer satisfaction (better user experiences).
  32. 32. 10. Deliver your story
  33. 33. ▷Make it compelling. ▷Categorize your stories in mini stories. ▷Add images and case studies in each. ▷Use rich, in-depth case studies
  34. 34. 11. User friendly
  35. 35. ▷Make your portfolio simple and easy to navigate. ▷Make it mobile friendly.
  36. 36. 12. Dealing with NDAs (Do check with your clients first)
  37. 37. ▷Blur sensitive info. ▷Create sample of your work. ▷Use text only version of your work.
  38. 38. 13. Testimonials
  39. 39. ▷Feature what your manager and team members have to say about your contribution to the project.
  40. 40. 14. UX Learning
  41. 41. ▷Show your curiosity for learning as a Designer. ▷Mention the name of books you recently read, UX classes you are taking, even non-UX courses related to design (such as Psychology, Marketing etc.).
  42. 42. We believe the future of innovation is through design – design that puts people first. Need help with Design projects or hiring UX talent? Email us at hello@bayux.com Sign up for our weekly newsletter for Design tips, jobs, and articles. Newsletter Sign up