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IXDA UX Portfolio: Do's and Dont's

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This presentation covers the qualities of good and bad UX portfolio's and their role in the UX hiring process. We uncover insights gleaned from reviewing hundreds of resumes and portfolios to illuminate your best chance to land that UX dream job.

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IXDA UX Portfolio: Do's and Dont's

  1. 1. #IXDAPHX
  2. 2. #DESIGNSCIENCE UX  PORTFOLIO     DO’S  AND  DON’TS
  3. 3. #IXDAPHX MIKE  JOHNSON MANAGING  DIRECTOR,  NERDERY  PHOENIX #IXDAPHX FORMERLY   VP,  STRATEGIC  SERVICES   DIRECTOR  OF  UX   UX  DESIGNER   PROJECT  MANAGER   WEB  DEVELOPER
  4. 4. 702APPLICANTS 364 338UX VISUAL 681NO  THANKS 21HIRED 2.9%HIRE  RATE 34% 11%MADE  IT  TO   THE  FIRST   INTERVIEW MADE  IT  TO   THE  SECOND   INTERVIEW
  5. 5. #IXDAPHX WE’RE  GONNA  TALK  ABOUT THE  GENERAL  HIRING  PROCESS   WHO  ARE  THE  DECISION  MAKERS   GOOD  UX  PORTFOLIOS   BAD  UX  PORTFOLIOS   JUST  STARTING  OUT   PORTFOLIOS  AREN’T  EVERYTHING  
  6. 6. #IXDAPHX DO  YOU  NEED  A  PORTFOLIO? SHORT  ANSWER:  YES,  ABSOLUTELY.  
  7. 7. #IXDAPHX PROCESS  AND  ARTIFACTS PORTFOLIORESUMEAPPLICATION COVER  LETTER CHALLENGE RESUME  SCREEN PHONE  SCREEN DESIGN   CHALLENGE TEAM   INTERVIEW(S) WRITTEN  OFFER THE  PROCESS THE  ARTIFACTS
  8. 8. #IXDAPHX KNOW  YOUR  AUDIENCE HR UX DEV THE  CHAIN  OF  DECISION  MAKERS PM
  9. 9. #IXDAPHX HUMAN  RESOURCES
  10. 10. #IXDAPHX USER  EXPERIENCE  /  CREATIVE
  11. 11. #IXDAPHX DEVELOPMENT
  12. 12. #IXDAPHX PROJECT  MANAGEMENT
  13. 13. #IXDAPHX “TOO  MANY  DESIGNERS  ARE   DESIGNING  TO  IMPRESS  THEIR   PEERS  RATHER  THAN  ADDRESS  REAL   BUSINESS  PROBLEMS.”
  14. 14. #IXDAPHX “THE  MOST  IMPORTANT  PRODUCT   DESIGN  WORK  IS  USUALLY  THE   UGLIEST”
  15. 15. #IXDAPHX GOOD  UX  PORTFOLIOS GOOD
  16. 16. #IXDAPHX TELL  A  STORY
  17. 17. #IXDAPHX DEFINE  THE  PROBLEM   OUTLINE  THE  APPROACH   SHOW  THE  ARTIFACTS   ELUCIDATE  RESULTS
  18. 18. #IXDAPHX FOCUS  ON  YOUR  STRENGTHS
  19. 19. #IXDAPHX IXD UR IA UX CS SHOW  A  DIVERSITY  OF  SKILLS
  20. 20. #IXDAPHX SHOW  THE  MESSY  STUFF
  21. 21. #IXDAPHX SHOW  THE  BORING  STUFF
  22. 22. #IXDAPHX QUALITY  OVER  QUANTITY
  23. 23. #IXDAPHX ARE  CUSTOMIZED  TO  THE   AUDIENCE
  24. 24. #IXDAPHX GOOD  UX  PORTFOLIOS TELL  A  STORY   SHOW  A  DIVERSITY  OF  SKILLS   SHOW  OFF  THE  BORING  STUFF   SHOW  YOUR  BEST  WORK   ARE  CUSTOMIZED  TO  AN  AUDIENCE
  25. 25. #IXDAPHX BADBAD  UX  PORTFOLIOS
  26. 26. #IXDAPHX LACKS  CONTEXT  OR  PURPOSE
  27. 27. #IXDAPHX TAKE  CREDIT  FOR  OTHERS  WORK
  28. 28. #IXDAPHX VIOLATE  NDAS
  29. 29. #IXDAPHX BIG  CLIENTS,  SHINY  AWARDS
  30. 30. #IXDAPHX BAD  UX  PORTFOLIOS LACK  CONTEXT  OR  PURPOSE   TAKE  CREDIT  FOR  OTHERS  WORK   VIOLATE  NDAS   BIG  CLIENTS,  SHINY  AWARDS
  31. 31. #IXDAPHX HOW  DO  I  GET  STARTED? MAKE  UP  A  FAKE  PROJECT   WORK  FOR    FREE  OR  CHEAP   REDESIGN  A  WELL  KNOWN  WEBSITE
  32. 32. #IXDAPHX PORTFOLIOS  AREN’T   EVERYTHING FACILITATION  AND  VERBAL  COMMUNICATION     POSITIVE  ATTITUDE   RELEVANT  WORK  EXPERIENCE   EAGERNESS  TO  LEARN  AND  GROW   BE  PASSIONATE  ABOUT  UX
  33. 33. #IXDAPHX MORE  RESOURCES DESIGN  SCIENCE:  GETTING  A  JOB  IN  UX   HTTP://BLOG.NERDERY.COM/2013/03/DESIGN-­‐SCIENCE-­‐GETTING-­‐A-­‐JOB-­‐IN-­‐USER-­‐EXPERIENCE/     THE  DRIBBBLIZATION  OF  DESIGN   HTTP://BLOG.INTERCOM.IO/THE-­‐DRIBBBLISATION-­‐OF-­‐DESIGN/   10  STEPS  TO  A  PERFECT  UX  PORTFOLIO   HTTP://UXMASTERY.COM/10-­‐STEPS-­‐TO-­‐A-­‐PERFECT-­‐UX-­‐PORTFOLIO/   SELL  YOURSELF  BETTER   HTTP://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/JASONMESUT/SELL-­‐YOURSELF-­‐BETTER-­‐10
  34. 34. #IXDAPHX QUESTIONS?

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