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Designing a UX Portfolio

Book Description

Employers and clients often ask prospective hires to submit a UX portfolio as evidence of their value and achievements. If you’re like many UX designers, however, you probably don’t have a portfolio—or if you do, it might not do your work justice. This practical guide not only shows you how to create an effective UX portfolio, but also shows you how to use it in an interview. Employers and recruiters will be able to use this book to improve their hiring processes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents Page
  4. Chapter 1: What is a UX portfolio?
    1. Misconception #1: A collection of screengrabs will do
    2. UX/UI portfolios
    3. Misconception #2: A collection of annotated screengrabs will do
    4. Misconception #3: A collection of UX deliverables will work
    5. Misconception #4: An illustrated UX lexicon will do
    6. Misconception #5: Just one portfolio will do
    7. So what is a UX portfolio?
    8. In this chapter
  5. Chapter 2: Why have a UX portfolio?
    1. A great portfolio differentiates you from the competition
    2. Portfolios help you get your story straight
    3. Portfolios can influence your interview
    4. Portfolios can clear up confusion
    5. A portfolio helps others act as your advocate
    6. Preparing your portfolio can make you a better designer
    7. Portfolios encourage career management
    8. Can you get by without a UX portfolio?
    9. In this chapter
  6. Chapter 3: Know your users
    1. The recruiting process
    2. Recruiters
    3. Learning more about your users
    4. Chapter summary
  7. Chapter 4: Preparing your UX portfolio
    1. Take care of the fundamentals
    2. Maintain a logbook or work diary
    3. Optimize your deliverables
    4. Keep organized
    5. Actively seek feedback
    6. Audit your previous career
    7. Know what you want to do
    8. Chapter summary
  8. Chapter 5: Getting the basics right
    1. Work with convention
    2. Keep your portfolio as brief as possible
    3. Choose the right platform
    4. Make it look good
    5. Ensure it reads well
    6. Ensure your voice comes through loud and clear
    7. Keep it updated
    8. In this chapter
  9. Chapter 6: Completing the picture
    1. Process
    2. Training and Education
    3. Awards and honors
    4. Volunteer work
    5. Activities and Interests
    6. Speaking engagements
    7. Writing and podcasting
    8. Client testimonials
    9. Interviews
    10. Professional associations
    11. Patents
    12. Social Media
    13. Thank You / Next Steps
    14. Things to Avoid
    15. Chapter Summary
  10. Chapter 9: Common Constraints in UX Portfolio Design
    1. Limited Work History
    2. Experience in a Different Role
    3. One Loooooong Project
    4. Non-Disclosure Agreements
    5. Work You’re Not Proud Of
    6. Work Completed Some Time Ago
    7. Work in Progress
    8. Projects that Never Deliver
    9. In this chapter
  11. Footnotes
    1. Chapter 1: What is a UX portfolio?
    2. Chapter 2: Why have a UX portfolio?
    3. Chapter 3: Know your users
    4. Chapter 4: Preparing your UX portfolio
    5. Chapter 5: Getting the basics right
    6. Chapter 8: Completing the picture
    7. Chapter 9: Common Constraints in UX Portfolio Design