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Designing a UX Portfolio by Ian Fenn

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2 Why have a UX portfolio?

“We think that whoever, decided that UX designers should need a portfolio, should have their head read.’1Nick Kellingley

The key reason to have a UX portfolio is protocol.

Like it or not, the UX portfolio is here to stay. As we discovered in Chapter 1, reviewing candidate portfolios is a key part of the recruitment process for many companies. Whatever its faults, the UX portfolio is now as important as the resumé or curriculum vitae for those looking for work in the user experience realm.

Apple, Google, IBM, Fitbit, and Adobe are among the companies who wish to see a UX portfolio. Yes, other companies are available, but you greatly reduce your pool of employment prospects if you don’t have a portfolio to offer. In short, you’re unlikely to get your dream job without one.

Recruitment ads for UX designers, researchers, content strategists, product managers, interaction designers, mobile app developers, UX directors and even Vice Presidents of Design often put it bluntly: ‘No portfolio, no consideration.’

A great portfolio differentiates you from the competition

The value of having a UX portfolio isn’t one-sided, for employers alone. The owner of a portfolio can find advantages in having one too, starting with the ability to stand out against the competition.

My former colleague Frank Gaine, who now runs the UX job board UXswitch, put it best: “A good one will set you apart. A poor one can hinder your career ambitions.”

The UX portfolio is a self-marketing ...

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