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Top 10 Portfolio Questions for UX & Visual Designers

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Want to land your dream job or keep your portfolio fresh while you're employed? Your portfolio is the key to the next step in your career! …

Want to land your dream job or keep your portfolio fresh while you're employed? Your portfolio is the key to the next step in your career!

Troy Parke from Big Fish Games, http://www.linkedin.com/in/troyparke, presents his answers to the Top 10 Portfolio Questions from Filter, the anatomy of a good UX or Visual Design portfolio and provides insider information on how to catch the eye of a hiring manager.

This event was part of Behance Portfolio Review Week: May 13-20, 2013.

Published in: Design, Technology, Business

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  • 1. The Top 10 Portfolio Questionsfor UX andVisual Designers(and my answers)
  • 2. http://slidesha.re/19mdxne
  • 3. Q:Who am 1?
  • 4. Troy Parke
  • 5. http://www.behance.net/troyparke
  • 6. Everything...but the games and external marketing
  • 7. StudentIllustratorFreelancerArt DirectorHiring ManagerEngineerEntrepreneurContributorFilterTalentFilter Client
  • 8. Practical UX/UI Designer
  • 9. Who are you?
  • 10. Students?Illustrators?Freelancers?Web Designers?UX/UI?Copywriters?Content Strategists?Photographers?Visual Designers?Career Changers?
  • 11. #10
  • 12. Q: How many piecesshould be in a portfolio?
  • 13. 7±2As many as it takesOnly your latest workIt depends...I don’t knowAll of the above
  • 14. A:You will be rememberedby your worst piece.
  • 15. Be selective(Reviewers are too)
  • 16. Relevant, real and ready for scrutiny
  • 17. Yes...There are exceptions(freelance business, agency & single project)
  • 18. #9
  • 19. Q: How should it be presented?(How do you call out work andhow much detail do you provide?)
  • 20. A: Quick synopsis that leaves thereviewer wanting more.
  • 21. You have to tell them(Don’t let the work “just speak for itself”)
  • 22. Explain what was done(The problem, what you did and the outcome)
  • 23. ProblemAudienceProject DurationYour InvolvementPress LinksAwardsMetrics
  • 24. Include Metrics(Implies you understand business needs)
  • 25. #8
  • 26. Q: How do I present work thatI did on a team without takingcredit for the whole project?(How do you call out whatyou did vs. someone else?)
  • 27. A: Say so.
  • 28. Role at time of creation(Identify work as team, collaboration orfeature task during a project phase)
  • 29. I did the red portion
  • 30. I did the red portion
  • 31. #7
  • 32. Q: Can I include student work?
  • 33. A: Only if it doesn’t look like it.
  • 34. Replace it ASAP(Volunteer, pro bono, concepts,collaborations & personal projects)
  • 35. It takes time...
  • 36. #6
  • 37. Q: How do you handleNDA work?
  • 38. A:With non disclosure.
  • 39. Don’t Show It(or don’t sign it... I know... it hurts)
  • 40. This is Tough(because as a reviewer, I want to see)
  • 41. If you are going to betray theconfidence of a prior employer,how can I trust you?
  • 42. Password protected siteSwitch out the logoPlaceholder contentPrinted portfolioPersonal machineShare during interview
  • 43. Password protected siteSwitch out the logoPlaceholder contentPrinted portfolioPersonal machineShare during interview
  • 44. #5
  • 45. Q: How do you choosewhat to include?
  • 46. A: By handing out roses.
  • 47. Mediocre workNo online portfolioUnfinished workNo recent workAll process... no final
  • 48. Mediocre workNo online portfolioUnfinished workNo recent workAll process... no final
  • 49. Your best workShowcase strongest talentsDemonstrate applicable skillsCrossover skills
  • 50. Representative, recent& recognizable
  • 51. Remember to be selective(Reviewers are playing “The Bachelor” too)
  • 52. #4
  • 53. Q: Should I include work thatdoesn’t reflect my style if itsfor a well-recognized company?
  • 54. A: If it’s good, why wouldn’t you?
  • 55. Designers and WritersGreat value in being versatile
  • 56. IllustratorPhotographerIf you feel pigeonholedNotoriety
  • 57. #3
  • 58. Q:What do you hate to seemissing or included in a portfolio?
  • 59. A: Lying, %$@*#! & NSFW.
  • 60. Poor quality portfolios are good(They save me a lot of time)
  • 61. Lying by Omission(Describe your role and contribution)
  • 62. This isn’t a value judgement(But a liability in a professional environment)
  • 63. #2
  • 64. Q: How long do you spend lookingat a portfolio? What makes youdecide to look closer?
  • 65. A: Less than 10 seconds.(If you’re lucky)
  • 66. Application SystemRecruiterOffice ManagerHiring ManagerReferral ProcessWholeTeam Review
  • 67. A: Exhibit design approach.
  • 68. At a glanceBrowsingDeeper dive
  • 69. #1
  • 70. Q: What do you look for in aportfolio as a hiring manager?
  • 71. A: Is this someone Iwant to interview?
  • 72. (A: Everything we’ve just covered.)
  • 73. Portfolios get your foot in the door(Nothing more)
  • 74. I haven’t hired “by the book”Referrals & connectionsAt least a phone screenSome interview loops take weeks
  • 75. Q: What are the questions ahiring manager is thinkingduring an interview?
  • 76. A: Invite me back.(This is another topic. ^_^)
  • 77. A: Invite me back.(This is another topic. ^_^)
  • 78. Q: Any suggestions forour portfolio reviews today?
  • 79. A: Discuss with your group(Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree?)
  • 80. troyparke@gmail.com
  • 81. Q: Can we ask more questions?
  • 82. What do you think of Behance?What about PDFs & physical portfolios?What traditional work do you like to see?What other skills to you look for?What do you look for in a resume?How do you present in a group setting?
  • 83. Thank-you.