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UX Career Progression: Creating & Presenting a UX Portfolio

Nick Finck
November 19, 2015

UX Career Progression: Creating & Presenting a UX Portfolio

A presentation on how to think about, create, and present your UX design portfolio. First presented at General Assembly Seattle on November 19th 2015.

Nick Finck

November 19, 2015

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  1. UX Career Progression Series • Part 1 - Starting a

    Career in User Experience Design (blog post) • Part 2 - Finding a Niche and Building a Personal Brand (presentation) • Part 3 - Creating and Presenting a UX Portfolio (presentation) • Part 4 - Interviewing & Landing a UX job (coming soon) • Part 5 - Understanding UX Career Paths (coming soon)
  2. ”The User Experience Honeycomb" by Peter Morville Findable Desirable Useful

    Usable Valuable Accessible Credible User Experience (UX) is about how a person feels about using a system or device. What is the user experience? •It is not: • Designed • Objective • Procedural • Static It is: • Designed for • Subjective • Philosophical • Dynamic
  3. Recap: • Frame the Problem • Cover your Approach •

    Show your Solution • Explain the Learnings #1 — Tell a story
  4. Photo from the Denver International Airport #2 — Tell us

    who you are We’re going to be late to our meeting with the Emperor.
  5. Designing the interactive behaviors of a product or system with

    a specific focus on their use. Designing the visual qualities of a product or system in an aesthetically pleasing way. Planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content. Identifying and organizing information within a product or system in a purposeful & meaningful way. Measuring the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system. User Research Content Strategy Information Architecture Interaction Design Visual Design Usability & Analytics Understanding the people who use a product or system through observations. Describe your focus
  6. Recap: • Elevator pitch Who you are • Inject your

    Personality • Tell us your Focus #2 — Tell us who you are
  7. #3 — Showcase your work Photo of http://zachkuzmic.com/ I just

    want to pick one of these up and go.. “Zoooooomm!”
  8. Recap: • Show Real client work • Tell us your

    Role in the work • Show all Stages of the work • Give an overview of your Process • Never show Work under NDA #3 — Showcase your work
  9. Recap: • Find an expert for Advice • Keep getting

    Feedback often • Have peers Critique your portfolio 4 — Get feedback often
  10. #5 — Don’t try to cover too much Wait, how

    many projectiles did you say?!
  11. #6 — Answer the question I don't know how to

    put this but I'm kind of a “big deal.”
  12. Creating Better UX Portfolios: 4 Do’s & Dont’s by Harish

    Venkatesan http://bit.ly/1WZZuCc Minimum Viable UX Portfolio by UX Beginner http://bit.ly/1O4fmOl Better UX Portfolios by Jason Mesut http://bit.ly/1I01qyo 10 Inspiring UX Portfolios by Sarah Hawk http://bit.ly/1MnWIOM
  13. Mike Monteiro Ian Fenn Nick Disabato Cadence & Slang Design

    is a job Designing a UX Portfolio Com ing Soon!