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UI/UX Designers: How To Enrich Your Portfolio & Get People Knocking On Your Door
By Yoon Sann Wong, 16 May 2017
“You’re only as good as your portfolio.”
Designing an aesthetically pleasing portfolio is one thing—populating it with value adding, substantial content is another.
Eric Bieller recently shared five ways for UI/UX designers to upgrade their portfolios in aims of securing more interviews, clients, and promoting healthier career prospects.
Get a sneak peek at his tips below and read the full guide here.
Don’t just display screenshots of your work and call it a day
Backstory is everything—standalone graphics that don’t explain the project’s ‘why’ has red flags written all over them. “Showing a screenshot of your work only tells me the ‘what’—it doesn’t tell me the ‘why,’” says Bieller.
“Great UI design is a journey that’s all about finding a solution to a problem. The best UI design portfolios explain how you came upon this design and why it’s the best solution to the problems you’ve identified.”
Instead of just plastering on some nice photos, state the problem, showcase your wireframes, and explain the creative process. By exhibiting how your thinking evolved and the iterations of the design, potential clients or employers will get better insights into how you approach work and problem solve.
Cull your work ruthlessly
Similar to Chris Do’s advice on design portfolios—yours should include only your best and most relevant works. Great portfolios are “living things”—constantly evolving to comprise your most recent projects tailored to fields or specializations that you’re interested in.
Continue reading three more tips by Bieller on how UI/UX designers can enhance their portfolios, including recommended UI portfolios from which you can get inspiration.
[via Invision Blog, image via Shutterstock]
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