Join Diane Cronenwett for an in-depth discussion in this video The purpose of a UX portfolio, part of Building and Maintaining Your UX Design Portfolio.
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- [Voiceover] Just like you want to make a positive first impression at a job interview, you want your portfolio to be the first impression others have of your design ability. Portfolios are a part of how you want to represent yourself as a brand and the quality of the work you are capable of doing. A UX portfolio is a representation of your design abilities, your design process, and how you visually represent your work to others. Your portfolio is a communication tool, and it's how you will be assessed as a designer. When approaching the design of your portfolio, give some thought about who your audience might be.
The people who will be looking at your portfolio are most likely going to be recruiters, design managers, and other designers. Generally the first person reviewing your portfolio will be a recruiter. Recruiters don't always specialize in UX, so they will be quickly scanning your work and reviewing that you have the elements that design managers are looking for. Given the amount of candidates recruiters have to go through, you can assume that they will scan your work for just a few seconds. Think about whether your portfolio passes the glance test.
During the initial scan of your portfolio, what elements stand out quickly for people to make judgements about? Within these few seconds of the visual scan, the recruiter is looking at the overall experience of your portfolio. They aren't judging the design in your portfolio, they're making sure it is well organized and has the right elements in it. They need to make a decision on whether they can pass you along to a hiring manager. When assembling your portfolio, you should ask yourself the following questions. Is the information organized so that a viewer can easily find a project they are interested in? Are there design deliverables like wire frames or mock-ups to show the design solutions and problems you solved? Are there images of your process to highlight how you solved a problem? Is it clear what your role was in the project? Did you do the visual design or UX research? Who did you collaborate with? Did your portfolio look good? Is there a summary of who you are and how to contact you, or an attached resume? These are some key elements to include in your portfolio to make sure that your portfolio passes the glance test for recruiters.
Your portfolio should be structured clearly enough for a recruiter to look at it quickly, but have enough project details for managers and designers to understand your design process and how you approach your design problem solving.
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