Cover Letters in the Design Industry

over 6 years ago from Katarina Rdultovskaia, Ui/Ux Designer, Illustrator, Ponderer

  • Gareth LewisGareth Lewis, over 6 years ago

    I've just applied for a job as a UX Designer, which required a covering letter (although this was called a Statement of Suitability). My background is in UI development and design... But I haven't got a portfolio. Everything (mostly) I've worked on has been secured with a login and contains sensitive information which makes it difficult to put a portfolio together. However, I feel I'm suitable for the job.

    Is design more than a portfolio? Sure, you can see how good someone is at visual design, but what about the research and justifications that go with some of the design decisions?

    Is a portfolio a must have? And would anyone here even consider hiring (or even interviewing someone without a portfolio? For my sake, I hope so!

    2 points
    • Katarina RdultovskaiaKatarina Rdultovskaia, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      I think depending on the field actual portfolio may be optional, but does a cover letter alone carry you into the actual interview process? Ive been on both sides of the equation hiring and also applying for jobs, and the majority of cover letters that I have reviewed are pretty similar to each other for the most part. I find cover letters to be a nicely researched couple of sentences, but they all seem to be saying more or less the same thing. Is it really a effective way to understand who that person is and how he/she works and their capabilities?

      Its an interesting topic, and I feel like it needs a revamp, thanks for your input.

      0 points
    • John PJohn P, over 6 years ago

      How can they judge your research and justifications without putting them into some sort of portfolio?

      A portfolio doesn't just have to be a button and icon parade, there is a little thing called a Case Study....

      Definitely feeling the UX crowd have a smugness of being "above a portfolio" then you go to their sites and it's just an elaborate business card (the conversational UIs posted here recently come to mind).

      2 points