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Designing a design portfolio

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February 04, 2021

Designing a design portfolio

Practical hacks to help your portfolio shine ⭐

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Mannu Amrit

February 04, 2021
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  1. MANNU AMRIT | SR DESIGNER, ATLASSIAN | @MANNUAMRIT Designing a

    design portfolio from the lens of a recruiter
  2. DISCLAIMERS Designed for students, relevant for all Applicable for all

    streams of design
  3. Let’s keep this interactive.

  4. Agenda Approach mindset Practical hacks Future proofing QnA 10 mins

    20 mins 5 mins 25 mins
  5. Agenda Approach mindset Practical hacks Future proofing QnA

  6. Designing a portfolio is tough. Creating a robust portfolio to

    win over recruiters and hiring managers is itself a full-time job. https://medium.com/designing-atlassian/portfolio-reviews-in-the-time-of-quarantine-c8fa7a933bdf
  7. A design portfolio is a known solution to a not

    so known problem space. 🌶
  8. Proof of work Showcase your craft, how you think Personal

    brand Self expression, perceived identity, YOUR story Known solution..
  9. Proof of work Showcase your craft, how you think Personal

    brand Self expression, perceived identity, YOUR story Known solution..
  10. Proof of work Showcase your craft, how you think Personal

    brand Self expression, perceived identity, YOUR story Known solution..
  11. What are their pain points? Time scarcity, Scale What do

    they really need? Signals - Eagerness to learn, Passion, Storytelling, Problem Solving, Craft Who are my users? Recruiter (HR) vs hiring manager (Designer, Researcher) vs yourself Not so known problem space..
  12. What are their pain points? Time scarcity, Scale What do

    they really need? Signals - Eagerness to learn, Passion, Storytelling, Problem Solving, Craft Who are my users? Recruiter (HR) vs hiring manager (Designer, Researcher) vs yourself Not so known problem space..
  13. What are their pain points? Time scarcity, Scale What do

    they really need? Signals - Eagerness to learn, Passion, Storytelling, Problem Solving, Craft Who are my users? Recruiter (HR) vs hiring manager (Designer, Researcher) vs yourself Not so known problem space..
  14. What are their pain points? Time scarcity, Scale What do

    they really need? Signals - Eagerness to learn, Passion, Storytelling, Problem Solving, Craft Who are my users? Recruiter (HR) vs hiring manager (Designer, Researcher) vs yourself Not so known problem space..
  15. What’s preventing you from getting that gig is that the

    hiring managers can’t see your vector of growth. It's about how you learn, not how you work today. JARED SPOOL, @JMSPOOL
  16. Mistakes are a turn on Do you own your mistakes

    & failures on the way? What did you learn from trying to correct them? How good are you at learning? Vector of growth Can you show the distance you've come and the direction your education / experience has taken you? Navigating unknowns Talking about how you've learned & grown in your design journey is the most important part of your story CREDITS: JARED SPOOL, @JMSPOOL
  17. DESIGNING A PORTFOLIO IS A DESIGN PROJECT. APPROACH MINDSET

  18. Agenda Approach mindset Practical hacks Future proofing QnA

  19. Be intentional about the journey you want your audience to

    take HACK 1
  20. 🌟 Information hierarchy Highlight key points + provide additional details

    for those who are curious 🔢 Sequence of projects First two projects are likely to be decision makers Intentional journey ⏱ Time to consume For a 1st time user, what all info is likely to be consumed in 7-10 mins?
  21. 🌟 Information hierarchy Highlight key points + provide additional details

    for those who are curious 🔢 Sequence of projects First two projects are likely to be decision makers Intentional journey ⏱ Time to consume For a 1st time user, what all info is likely to be consumed in 7-10 mins?
  22. 🌟 Information hierarchy Highlight key points + provide additional details

    for those who are curious 🔢 Sequence of projects First two projects are likely to be decision makers Intentional journey ⏱ Time to consume For a 1st time user, what all info is likely to be consumed in 7-10 mins?
  23. Design methods are great only if you understand why you’re

    using them HACK 2
  24. 🙅 Don’t enforce the process Design process is messy and

    complex, and rarely linear. Be cautious about what your project needs. 🔗 Highlight the connections Did the persona really help you? Does the solution solve the original issue? Why is this solution the strongest one? Why of design methods
  25. 🙅 Don’t enforce the process Design process is messy and

    complex, and rarely linear. Be cautious about what your project needs. 🔗 Highlight the connections Did the persona really help you? Does the solution solve the original issue? Why is this solution the strongest one? Why of design methods
  26. Group projects are hard for recruiters to assess an individual

    on. Unless.. HACK 3
  27. 🔦 Highlight your contribution Specify your role, your contribution 📅

    Plan your portfolio Internships? Thesis? Exploratory projects? Group projects with different roles & responsibilities? Smart group projects 👁 Same project, different story Tell the story of your project from your perspective
  28. 🔦 Highlight your contribution Specify your role, your contribution 📅

    Plan your portfolio Internships? Thesis? Exploratory projects? Group with clear roles and responsibilities? Smart group projects 👁 Same project, different story Tell the story of your project from your perspective
  29. 🔦 Highlight your contribution Specify your role, your contribution 📅

    Plan your portfolio Internships? Thesis? Exploratory projects? Group with clear roles and responsibilities? Smart group projects 👁 Same project, different story Tell the story of your project from your perspective
  30. User research is not the same as talking to your

    users HACK 4
  31. 🧠 Insight creation Journey of a user statement to an

    actionable insight ❓Process, Hypothesis Number of users, unknowns, questions asked Empathy via user research 🤔 Choice of domain Avoid biases, build empathy
  32. 🧠 Insight creation Journey of a user statement to an

    actionable insight ❓Process, Hypothesis Number of users, unknowns, questions asked 🤔 Choice of domain Avoid biases, build empathy Empathy via user research
  33. 🧠 Insight creation Journey of a user statement to an

    actionable insight ❓Process, Hypothesis Number of users, unknowns, questions asked 🤔 Choice of domain Avoid biases, build empathy Empathy via user research
  34. Design documentation + storytelling = portfolio* HACK 5

  35. 🔍 Zoom in on decisions Be candid about why’s, learnings,

    hypothesis, tradeoffs, if you had more time, if this was shipped.. 🖼 Problem framing, Iterations Set the stage, relatability, journey from one iteration to another Unblock storytelling 🎨 Visual vs verbose Don’t shy from creating additional assets if they help narrate the story better
  36. 🔍 Zoom in on decisions Be candid about why’s, learnings,

    hypothesis, tradeoffs, if you had more time, if this was shipped.. 🖼 Problem framing, Iterations Set the stage, relatability, journey from one iteration to another Unblock storytelling 🎨 Visual vs verbose Don’t shy from creating additional assets if they help narrate the story better
  37. 🔍 Zoom in on decisions Be candid about why’s, learnings,

    hypothesis, tradeoffs, if you had more time, if this was shipped.. 🖼 Problem framing, Iterations Set the stage, relatability, journey from one iteration to another Unblock storytelling 🎨 Visual vs verbose Don’t shy from creating additional assets if they help narrate the story better
  38. Be intentional about the journey you want your audience to

    take User research is not the same as talking to your users Design methods are great only if you understand why you’re using them Difference between design documentation & portfolio = storytelling* Group projects are hard for recruiters to assess an individual on. Unless.. 🌟 🔗 👁 🧠 🎨
  39. Medium of presentation Sharing a link vs presenting in person

    - differences Some other talking points.. Hosting platform Behance / Notion vs Personal website Liberty of academic proj. Constraints are in your control - where are the crazy ideas? Fail fast, grow faster
  40. Can you show me some examples?

  41. https://bit.ly/3tqgVP0 Credits: Brian, Github (@brian_lovin) https://bit.ly/3atvoBf Credits: Ivy, Bumble (@JellyIvy)

    https://bestfolios.com
  42. Thin line between inspiration & plagiarism Be aware of your

    biases
  43. None
  44. Avoid going overboard with personal branding. Unless you’re applying for

    a brand position, a strong personal brand / visual identity can overshadow your actual case studies. Stay true to yourself, own your strengths and share your shining moments 🌟 🌶2
  45. Agenda Approach mindset Practical hacks Future proofing QnA

  46. Designing a portfolio is tough. Creating a robust portfolio to

    win over recruiters and hiring managers is itself a full-time job / project.
  47. It’s totally okay to feel overwhelmed.

  48. Embrace it Portfolio is a lifelong design project and is

    here to stay Familiarise problem space Needs, pain points - sound familiar? Leverage your privilege Get feedback. Iterate. Get feedback again. Professors. Peers. Seniors. Alumni. Coffee hours. Youtube. Medium. Twitter. Discord. Clubhouse. Bumble. Future proofing your portfolio
  49. Embrace it Portfolio is a lifelong design project and is

    here to stay Familiarise problem space Needs, pain points - sound familiar? Leverage your privilege Get feedback. Iterate. Get feedback again. Professors. Peers. Seniors. Alumni. Coffee hours. Youtube. Medium. Twitter. Discord. Clubhouse. Bumble. Future proofing your portfolio
  50. Embrace it Portfolio is a lifelong design project and is

    here to stay Familiarise problem space Needs, pain points - sound familiar? Leverage your privilege Get feedback. Iterate. Get feedback again. Professors. Peers. Seniors. Alumni. Coffee hours. Youtube. Medium. Twitter. Discord. Clubhouse. Bumble. Future proofing your portfolio
  51. Design documentation + storytelling = portfolio* FUTURE PROOFING

  52. There is not a lot of difference between design documentation

    & portfolio 🌟 FUTURE PROOFING
  53. A design portfolio is a known solution to a familiar

    problem space. A design portfolio is a known solution to a not so known problem space. 🌶 🍫
  54. BE SPONGEBOB. DON’T BE AN IMPOSTOR.

  55. Be intentional about the journey you want your audience to

    take User research is not the same as talking to your users Design methods are great only if you understand why you’re using them Difference between design documentation & portfolio = storytelling* Group projects are hard for recruiters to assess an individual on. Unless.. Don’t go overboard with personal branding 🌟 🔗 👁 🧠 🎨 ✌ @mannuamrit