Our Slack channel was running hot yesterday when I hosted our good friend Joe Natoli to chat about portfolios.
Joe shared some valuable tips for creating powerful UX portfolios that stand above the competition. If this sounds like something you need in your life, make sure you check out Joe’s newest course Build a Powerful UX Portfolio That Gets Your Hired
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If you’re interested in seeing what we discussed, or you want to revisit your own questions, here is a full transcript of the chat.
Being a researcher gives me a whole new perspective
Joe devotes half of his practice to writing, coaching, and speaking. From guiding students at the beginning of their careers to integrating UX into the work of seasoned veteran developers and designers, he is immensely passionate about the inherent power of UX and design.
The remaining half of Joe’s practice is dedicated to training Enterprise Design and Development teams, helping them integrate best practices in UX into their product development efforts.
Joe runs a series of workshops called Give Good Portfolio. Keep your eyes peeled for his upcoming course on the same subject.
step 1: verify that you add the people that collaborate with you on this project.
step 2: ensure of show yor process & critical eye.
Think like that.
It absolutely is if you can tell the story of why it came to be in the first place. What’s it going to do for users? for your company? That’s the story, the WHY behind why you’re doing this in the first place. That applies to everything.
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Absolutely!!! That’s the WHY.
Ask questions. Ask about the organization, how they work, what challenges they face. Communicate that you care about what they’re dealing with and that you see yourself as someone ready to throw down and help them.
People take this approach.
The criteria you use for the audit is the story. Worth telling. Speaks volumes about your ability to go deeper to find the problem instead of just addressing the solution.
NO, leave the name in. But be 100% clear about what this was, that’s it’s not paid work for that client :wink:
Not necessarily, but it can be.
You’ve got it. It’s all valid as long as you tell the story, explain the value of the work
Not unless it does something to help illustrate your point or tell the story. Animation is commonlace and will in many cases just be a distraction to someone trying to focus on what they see.
Outcomes, outcomes and outcomes. What was the end result, what did it do for users/for the business? And if that’s unknown, what problem were you trying to solve and why did you feel this was the way to do it? I want to see how you THINK well before I see the produced work.
Ask first, anyway. You never know. Second, provided there is work the hiring mgr CAN see, everyone understands NDAs are a fact of life.
Provided they won’t fire you for doing so, that work should be there if possible. But if you’re on the fence, on demand in the CV is fine.