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HCID2014: Personifying your portfolio. Nick Grantham, Source.

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How to improve and what to include in a UX portfolio.

How to improve and what to include in a UX portfolio.


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  • 1. Personifying Your Portfolio Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83 Making your portfolio speak for itself
  • 2. Personifying your portfolio? Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 3. Why?? Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 4. 1.Times have changed - Clients always ask for portfolios • More people know what they are looking for – not just UXers • More dedicated UX people in the market – point of differentiation – can’t just rely on your CV • As well as core UX roles there are also a number of hybrid roles that require more than just UX experience/knowledge – this needs to be shown Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 5. 2.Representation of yourself - Showcasing • Define who you are, what you can do and what you specialise in – again, don’t rely on your CV • Potential to show cultural suitability – don’t be afraid to add a touch of character or your own style to your portfolio • Set the expectation (show your calibre) – prove yourself Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 6. 3. How you work - Not just where you worked • So important! • Proof that you can do the graft and thinking that comes before the pretty pictures • Again – setting the expectation – showcasing your potential Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 7. 4. Adds depth to your CV - Convince the client Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83 • Anyone can call themselves a UX designer on their CV
  • 8. How?? Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 9. 1. Show the approach Most important of all – saying this at the start rather than leave till the end so if anything sticks at all it should be this! • Process / Methodology / Show them how you work – not just picture of a few wireframes and a screen shot from the web – it’s the how that makes you a UX designer • Don’t be afraid to show the dirty work • Show your work – don’t rely on output your team has done Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 10. School science projects - stages Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83 • Walk the reader through your work/project
  • 11. 2. Tell its own story… everyone loves a story! • Don’t forget to annotate – but don’t make too text heavyNick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 12. 3. Button up your shirt, button up your presentation, whatever your style • Consistency – make sure page 3 matches with page 10 • Represents your attention to detailNick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 13. 4. Engage - Not graphic design but do your best Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 14. 5. Show ‘em what you got • Deliverables – sketches, wireframes, low to high-fi prototypes, user journeys, research Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 15. Additional!!! 1. Don’t forget the CV 2. Case Studies Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83
  • 16. Any Questions? You can contact me on Email: nick@wearesource.co.uk Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/nickgrantham/ Twitter: @nickgranthan83 Telephone: 020 3116 6727 Nick Grantham Specialist UX Recruiter @nickgrantham83