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Laura Coughlan

Design

How to make your portfolio POP

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How to make your portfolio POP

  1. Provide an unfiltered view into your mind

Humanise yourself and let your personality shine through

  1. Tell an engaging story about each project

The key here is to show the reader how you approach challenges.

  1. Use videos

The potential to engage with videos is so much higher, especially considering most recruiters spend 30-60 seconds viewing a portfolio.

You can convey more with less time & ensure that those 30 seconds are as memorable as possible.

  1. Use videos

The potential to engage with videos is so much higher, especially considering most recruiters spend 30-60 seconds viewing a portfolio.

You can convey more with less time & ensure that those 30 seconds are as memorable as possible.

  1. Write notes. Keep notes. Show notes.

Portfolio preparation isn't just a well thought-out strategy. You'll need notes. Lots of notes.

Make it a habit to note down decisions you make throughout your projects. It's these thought-processes & justifications that make your portfolio.

  1. Display your passion with unsolicited redesigns

An unsolicited redesign is when a UX designer redesigns an existing app or website without being asked or paid to.

This shows dedication & passion

  1. Keep testing

Testing your portfolio on different people can help you find any potential issues early on and allow you to see it from a different perspective.

  1. Do user research on your portfolio

One of the major problems you may face with your portfolio is that you are your worst client.

You are not your user. Your portfolio needs to be treated as another project .

For each project in your portfolio, try describing the following:

  • The challenges you faced & tough decisions you made.
  • How you made decisions & solved challenges.
  • What you did to showcase the distinctiveness of the product.
  • Any notable surprises, triumphs or lessons along the way.
  • Mistakes you made during the process.
  • Final outcomes
  • Final Tip:
  • Always keep on top of your portfolio even if you're not currently looking for jobs. This will make life easier when opportunities arise & you need something quickly.

Thanks for reading

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