UX Portfolio Workshop

UX Portfolio Workshop

Here are the slides from the UX Portfolio Workshop I did at exploreUX (a DC area meetup for UX enthusiasts) on 4/22/14. The workshop was part presentation and part activities to get participants in the right mindset for creating their UX portfolios.

The slides go into the specifics on:
• What to put in your UX portfolio
• How to figure out what (of your stuff) to include
• How to add what you’re missing
• What tools and resources to use in building it
• What’s a good (and bad) portfolio


Michelle Chin

April 22, 2014


  1. UX PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP by Michelle T. Chin | @soysaucechin @exploreUX

    | #UXPortfolio
  2. ABOUT EXPLOREUX @exploreUX | #UXPortfolio

  3. ABOUT EXPLOREUX Announcements

  4. ABOUT EXPLOREUX Rate our group!

  5. WHO ARE WE?



  8. WHY A PORTFOLIO? • Transitioning to a UX career •

    Looking for a new job • Adding credibility to your career
  9. RULE #1: LET IT GO. “I will not get attached

    to my work.”
  10. RULE #1: LET IT GO. This is a process. Iterate.

  11. RULE #1: LET IT GO. “I will not get attached

    to my work.”




  16. WHAT’S DIFFERENT? UX portfolios show process.


  18. THIS WORKSHOP: 1. Recognize what goes into a UX portfolio

  19. THIS WORKSHOP: 2. Start the base for yours

  20. THIS WORKSHOP: 3. Meet some UXers like yourself

  21. THIS WORKSHOP: We’ll be applying our UX skills! GET PUMPED!

  22. MEET YOUR GROUP! Open your cards and assemble!

  23. INTRODUCE YOURSELF • Your name • What you do /

    are trying to do • Your favorite food truck
  24. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? What kind of work do you

    want to do? (UX/interaction designer, user researcher, full time, contract)
  25. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? Where do you want to work?

    (Large company, agency, government)
  26. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? Anything else? (Build credibility, speaker, blogger)

  27. ACTIVITY: WHAT IS YOUR GOAL? Take a few minutes to

    determine your goal. • What kind of work do you want to do? • Where do you want to work? • Anything else?
  28. INVENTORY What are you going to put in it?

  29. INVENTORY Projects from start to finish


  31. INVENTORY Work that involved UX process

  32. None
  33. ACTIVITY: INVENTORY • List at least 5 projects relevant to

    your goal • Start to finish • Work that involved UX process • But what if… • I can’t list projects? • I don’t have any? • What projects would you like to do?
  34. INVENTORY What activities have you done on those projects?

  35. None
  36. ACTIVITY: INVENTORY • List the UX activities done for each

    project • User research • Content inventory • Wireframes • Prototyping • Usability testing • and others
  37. INVENTORY Do you have the contents?

  38. ACTIVITY: INVENTORY Do you have the contents?

  39. INVENTORY What about the missing artifacts?

  40. INVENTORY Recreate them. (Do not lie - it’s bad &

    you’ll be figured out)
  41. INVENTORY What if you don’t have the projects?

  42. INVENTORY Make it up. (Not lying here either.)

  43. INVENTORY There’s no shame in taking the time to practice

    your UX skills and demonstrating a great job.
  44. HOW DO I “MAKE UP” PROJECTS? 1. Pick a problem

    to fix.
  45. [reformatting Craigslist, Wikipedia]

  46. HOW DO I “MAKE UP” PROJECTS? 2. Create a project

    - app, site, etc.

  48. WHAT IF YOU’RE MISSING THE SKILLS? Give yourself a project

    that allows you to practice the skills.
  49. WHAT ARE YOUR GAPS? Think about what skills and work

    you’re missing.
  50. ACTIVITY: WHAT ARE YOUR GAPS? Add those stickers to your

    name tag.
  51. ARCHITECTURE How will you organize this work?

  52. ARCHITECTURE By topic (e.g., mobile, user research, etc.)

  53. ARCHITECTURE By the project’s lifecycle

  54. ARCHITECTURE Decide what’s best for you and your content, but

    have a method.
  55. DESIGN Goal: Get you in for an interview.

  56. DESIGN What do you include?

  57. DESIGN Show visuals of the process.

  58. None
  59. DESIGN What about stuff I can’t show?

  60. SECRET STUFF Blur out identifying information.

  61. None
  62. SECRET STUFF Password protect your work.

  63. SECRET STUFF Use your discretion!

  64. DESIGN Your BEST work.

  65. DESIGN If in doubt, leave it out.

  66. DESIGN Tell a story.

  67. Intro Architecture / storyboarding Prototype development Usability testing Iteration

  68. DESIGN Less is more. You have 10 seconds to make

    an impression.
  69. None
  70. DESIGN Show the highlights of the project.

  71. DESIGN Unique activities, challenges, or really cool stuff!

  72. None
  73. DESIGN How much is too much?

  74. None
  75. DEVELOP What tools do you use?


  77. DEVELOP What should you look for?

  78. DEVELOP Know your capabilities, your timeframe.

  79. DEVELOP Easy to maintain - you’re iterating.

  80. DEVELOP Hire someone, barter, feed.

  81. TEST Does this meet my goal?

  82. TEST Does this portray me?

  83. TEST Ask for feedback; take the feedback.

  84. TEST Who can I ask?

  85. TEST Your friends, people in your group, exploreUX members

  86. TEST Don’t forget to thank them!

  87. TEST Iterate, retest.

  88. PRO TIPS Go one step beyond - it’s worth it.

  89. PRO TIP: Stylize your content - make it look good.

  90. None
  91. PRO TIP: Take pics of EVERYTHING.

  92. None
  93. PRO TIP: Get a URL

  94. AVOID: Lengthy URLs: bluedalek.wix.com/portfolio student.umd.edu/~bluedalek michelletchinUXdesigner.com TRY: Shorter, memorable URLs:

    simplebits.com edmundyu.com michelletchin.net
  95. PRO TIP: Maintain your portfolio!

  96. DON’T FORGET • Rule #1: Let it go. • Rule

    #2: You are what you present. • Iterate; maintain. • Stay in touch with the folks you meet today. • Complete the eval, please!

  98. ACTIVITY: NETWORK • Exchange contact info with those in your

    group • Talk to those that have complementary stickers on their name tag. • Maybe you guys can work on a mock project together…?
  99. THANKS! Don’t forget to rate the meetup! @exploreUX | #UXportfolio

    Michelle T. Chin - @soysaucechin
  100. IMAGE CREDITS • Slide 13: http://codepen.io/motorlatitude/pen/wmpux • Slide 14: http://www.duolingo.com

    • Slide 14: http://www.etsy.com • Slide 14: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nikeplus-fuelband • Slide 15: http://ideas.semanticfoundry.com/2012/09/09/shades-of-grey-wireframes-as-thinking-device • Slide 15: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyarmendariz/4448219885 • Slide 15: http://creately.com/blog/diagrams/wire-frame-benefits/ • Slide 23: http://tipplesbrews.com/2014/03/28/april-2014-food-truck-schedule • Slide 45: http://www.wikipedia.org/ • Slide 45: https://dribbble.com/wirwoluf/projects/104912-wikipedia-redesign • Slide 61: http://www.alertdiver.com/ • Slide 69: http://www.fumikoyu.com/ • Slide 74: http://www.simonpan.com/ • Slide 90: http://foundation.zurb.com/ All other images were from Michelle’s own collection.
  101. EXAMPLES Here are some examples for inspiration, but always do

    what’s best for you! • Abby the IA: http://abbytheia.wordpress.com • Edmund Yu: http://www.edmundyu.com/ • Sarah Spitler: http://www.sarahspitler.com