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Portfolios and Your UX Career

As presented at UX Speakeasy, Vaco San Diego, 2/6/2014
by

Mark Richards

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Portfolios and Your UX Career

Online Portfolio Readiness & Getting Your Next UX Job

design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Career
Salary
Resume
Linkedin
Picture
Headline
URL
Experience/ Volunteer
Goal
Land your Dream Job in 2014
Portfolio
Showcase your thought process
Include research work that underpins your designs
What were the business objectives?
Did you involve users?
Tell the story of your contribution to the final product
Walk through your approach to the problem
Show you are a problem solver
Impact of your work - relate back to the business problem.
Show before and after shots
Give the details some attention: fonts, layout grid, etc
More tips at:
Behance
Carbonmade
Dribbble
Coroflot
Share small shots of what you're working on
Everything must be 1 size: 400×300 pixels (optional hi-res version 800×600)
"Show and tell" for designers
Expect feedback on everything you post
Carefully guarded community - you must be "drafted" by an existing member to be able to upload/post
The "player" that drafts you is forever tied to you
Free option or Pro account for $20/yr
Straightforward, easy to make visually appealing.
Create Custom free Url when signing up.
Can add Google Analytics to track traffic to your portfolio
Two options: “Meh”, which is a free account & “Whoo!” at $12/mo.
Largest network, worldwide
Can sell your work
Owned by Adobe
Has a Job board for both remote and perm jobs
Follow others in Twitter-like feed for inspiration
Behance is FREE
Prosite is their upgraded experience: Free to create, pay to publish: $11/mo or $99/year
https://carbonmade.com/
http://dribbble.com/
http://www.behance.net/
There are no membership requirements, invites, or application processes.
Unlimited space, Analytics, Personal URL
Large Job Board for remote and perm jobs
Can create a free company account
Pinterest feel
Widest range of design choices for buyers around the world
Cost: Free
http://www.coroflot.com/
http://www.userfocus.co.uk/articles/wow-me-with-your-ux-portfolio.html
Whats important:
education
experience
exposure
What to talk about in your portfolio/resume:
mockups
user scenarios
prototypes
specifications, redline or complete flow
navigation maps


More tips at:
http://www.nickfinck.com/blog/entry/starting_a_career_in_user_experience_design/
by Mark Richards

Online
In Person
Recommendations
Endorsement
Connections
A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words
http://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Interviewing-and-Job-Preparation-Meetup/
Free Resume and Linkedin Help from Vaco
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