UX Portfolio Cheatsheet

#1 YOU MUST HAVE A UX PORTFOLIO! The portfolio is a snapshot of your work that is reviewed typically by a UX audience or someone interested in servicing your work.

#2 KEY is to show methods! Show examples of your work that use UX methods. Display this in a way that is easy to view. For extra sugar, include your specialties, skills, timeline, and project cost to blow minds.

#3 Design for your audience! I have turned away resumes because they were designed more to amuse one’s own personal soul than the needs of the user….me. I should be able to say that you know what you are talking about quickly.

#4 Do your research! Search for UXers on LinkedIn that you admire, and mostly they should have a portfolio online somewhere for you to compare. With LinkedIn, search for individuals in UX, and they should have an associated portfolio. You can also Google their names to find their online portfolio or try theirfullname.com.

#5 Add flavor! Once you’ve completed the above, you can start thinking about adding your own personality to the process without filtering out the purpose of the portfolio…a snapshot of your work.

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I educate leaders in tech around the globe in user experience methodologies, culture-themed designs planning and implementation of user goals in products, and personal career management.

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