The UX design industry is a vast, complex, and one of the in-demand sectors in the current market. There are various areas like User Research, Visual Design, Content Creation, Interaction design, and many more. Applying for a position as a UX designer, it is crucial to find out your niche area and then portray it similarly in the portfolio you build. After working in this industry for more than five years, we have closely followed changing trends, different requirements, targeted audiences from a 5year old to a 60-year-old user. We have gathered up a few guidelines to build a kickass UX portfolio.
UX portfolio guidelines
- The best thing about the UX industry is it tends to ignore the x in the years of experience you have. It focuses on the work you have built so far.
- It’s good to start with showcasing the process you followed. Always keep your designed screens in handy. It’s beneficial if those are added to platforms like dribble, Behance, and also Instagram these. This helps the recruiter to get a gist of the kind of process you follow and the work you produce.
- If you have worked as a collaborator on a certain project, then highlight your contributions and ensure you add from the discovery phase to clickable or even paper prototype.
- Explain with screens how you came up with a certain idea. The research involved behind it. For example, if you designed a website for a bakery, it is important if you explain why the particular colors or font was chosen. This gives an idea behind how you think and execute things as a UX designer.
- You can also prepare a case study of a certain app where it went wrong how the entire user flow can be improved. It can be done by showcasing IAs formed, wireframes created.
- Never forget to create an online presence by using platforms like Adobe Portfolio, PortfolioBox, Behance, Dribble, etc.
- You can also create your own website. The website should include the challenges faced, what approaches you thought of, and what all failed. The learnings of the entire project, and then the final accomplishment.
Being a UX designer isn’t easy but if you create a perfect portfolio, it will help you get the type of work you are looking for.