How to build your very first UX portfolio

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1. Plan ahead and pick the right tools

You are a UX designer, so you should have a good digital portfolio. You don’t need to overcomplicate it. Research which tool best fits your needs, streamlines your portfolio development and allows others to easily access and experience your work. I recommend Carbonmade — it’s low maintenance, easy to use and comes with pre-made modules which you can personalise.

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2. Let your work take the center stage

Although it is important to present yourself in your portfolio, make sure your work is also part of your landing page. Highlight just 3 to 5 projects on the front page since most people will not have time to check all your work. Make sure these are the ones that best represent your skills and capabilities.

3. Show off your strengths

Don’t describe all your case studies in the same way. Each case study should bring something different; a key skill which you used to solve a problem, a specialist feature which you delivered or maybe some innovative research methods you have applied. If you can bring out a variety of skills it will add multitudes of value to your portfolio.

Cartoon by Scott Adams on Dilbert

4. Speak for a larger audience

Build your portfolio in a way that is easy to understand by non-designers. Sometimes your portfolio can be scanned by recruiters or other roles that are not so familiar with UX jargon.

5. Tell me something about yourself

People want to learn more about you and they will appreciate some creativity on your “About” page. Avoid all these fancy sentences like “I enjoy creating user-centric, delightful, and human experiences” because, well, all designers enjoy it.

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