The Text-First Portfolio

ux-beginner-the-text-first-ux-portfolio

Creating a UX Portfolio can seem like a daunting task. There seems to be a million items to take care of, from the visual design to storytelling. It’s going to take so much work! When I was redesigning my portfolio, I realized that it wasn’t the amount of work that scared me, but these hidden factors:  Making my portfolio eye-catching … Read More

Top 10 UX Portfolio Best Practices

top-10-ux-portfolio-best-practices

There’s an exciting UX job you want to apply for. You’re putting the finishing touches on your UX portfolio. Just to make sure you’re not missing anything, you want some portfolio advice that you can implement TODAY. Enter this list – a “quick hits” of the Top 10 UX Portfolio best practices. You can click the links below to jump … Read More

5 Hidden Sources of UX Portfolio Projects

get-ux-job-experience-with-ux-projects

The path to become a UX designer is often frustrating, especially if you’re faced with the chicken & egg problem. To get a job, you need UX experience. But to get UX experience, you need a job…right? In Minimum Viable UX Portfolio and How to Get a UX Job with No Professional Experience, I recommended having at least 3 solid projects … Read More

List of Top UX Design Portfolios (Updated 2019)

best-ux-design-portfolio-examples-UPDATED

This will be a continually updated list of UX Design Portfolios I admire.  Ah, the UX portfolio. Annoyingly hard to build, ridiculously essential for getting a UX job. In the years, I’ve written about how to quickly create a UX portfolio and how to create a content-first portfolio. I’ve even published a popular course on creating a UX portfolio. Throughout … Read More

Minimum Viable UX Portfolio

minimum-viable-portfolio

Ah, the portfolio…the magic key to the UX universe. In terms of hiring anyway.Nowadays a UX portfolio is required for many good reasons: it highlights your work and shows your process as a UX Designer. Job listings nowadays often say “link to portfolio” required or “no submission without a portfolio will be considered.” This is also to separate the number of … Read More

UX Storytelling Techniques for Design Portfolios

ux-storytelling-techniques

By Daljit Ahluwalia, UX Writer You passed the initial phone interview and now comes the final test to show potential employers what you are capable of: the UX portfolio presentation. You might wonder… “Which projects should I talk about?” “Should I just walk through projects on my website?” The purpose of the portfolio presentation is not only for recruiters and … Read More

Presenting a design? Try the fine dining method

ux-fine-dining-vs-fast-food

This is one of the most common problems I see with UX portfolios – Designers will show their work without context… “This is a wireframe. This is a user flow. This is a sitemap.” It feels like the designer is just going through the motions of what they think they’re supposed to show. When a UX case study lacks context, … Read More

No One Cares How Much You’re Paid

I hear and learn interesting things from UX job coaching mentees all the time. “I have 3 projects to include in my portfolio, but only 1 of them was paid.” This assumes that unpaid projects are not as valuable as paid ones. And it makes some designers feel that unpaid projects aren’t worth including in their UX portfolios. Not true. Hiring managers and … Read More

The Best UX Portfolio Building Tools

best-ux-portfolio-building-tools-banner2

Creating a UX Portfolio is hard enough. Luckily, there are a handful of tools that make the portfolio-building process much easier. Some tools are the obvious, popular ones. But I’m excited to share some “hidden gems” with you as well. My favorite UX Portfolio tools are organized in 4 different sections: Working with Text Working with Images Working with Videos Working … Read More

UX Portfolio Case Study: Zach Kuzmic

This is the second in our series of UX Portfolio Case Studies, featuring Zach Kuzmic. Today’s post is organized as follows: Intro to UX Designer Zach Kuzmic Case study of Zach’s UX Portfolio Interview with Zach. In-depth portfolio and UX career advice here. Intro Zach Kuzmic is a User Experience Designer who hails from Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Austin, … Read More