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Designing a UX Portfolio by Ian Fenn

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4 Preparing your UX portfolio

“Good design cannot rescue bad content.”1Edward R. Tufte

As we learned in Chapter 3, assembling your UX portfolio at the last minute is likely to lead to poor results. When a hiring manager requests your portfolio, you want to be able to fine-tune it for the role, not have to gather material in haste and start from scratch.

The more groundwork you complete in advance, the better your portfolio will be. In fact, the best portfolios are living documents and regularly updated as you work. Preparation begins when you start your career and ends when you retire.

This chapter introduces the activities a hiring manager will often expect to see referred to in a portfolio and discusses everyday tricks and tips that should make building your portfolio easier. You may be surprised at how much preparation this chapter suggests. (I was certainly surprised at how long this chapter took to write, as was my editor at O’Reilly.) However, the great thing is that all of the groundwork referenced should make you a better designer.

Take care of the fundamentals

Hiring managers expect stories about your work process. Bearing in mind the nuances discussed in Chapter 3, portfolio reviewers will want to see your portfolio reference fundamentals including:

• having a design process

• identifying business requirements

• talking with (or observing) users

• working well with others

A good portfolio cannot hide poor design work.

Having a design process

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