10 comments

  • Jon DarkeJon Darke, 5 months ago

    Writing it. Creating a compelling, well written storey around what you achieved, that people actually want to read, is always hard.

    8 points
  • sarah semark, 5 months ago

    Ugh, all of it. Writing portfolio pieces takes forever and is super painful. I always mean to do it whilst actually working on something, but that never actually comes to pass.

    And once the pain of writing it is over, there's finding images to illustrate each point—sometimes with UX work, this can be harder to do than you might think. I wind up using a lot of notes and/or scripts (for user research work) mocked up on a pretend pile of paper.

    2 points
  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, 5 months ago

    It's hard to summarized everything you did in a compelling way. Especially if you want to be consistent with your other work. Also, know your audience. Are you writing for other UX designers or just a potential client doesn't know anything about UX and just cares if you done or do something similar to their needs.

    Personally, I just gave up and just wrote the basics in bullets. If anyone asks I can fill them in. For my company, I make them way more detailed. I break them down by accomplishments, what we did to achieve them in about 1-2 paragraphs, and stick an image of the final product. I when I did it by process it felt was redundant and dull.

    2 points
    • Dan Marino, 5 months ago

      You make a really great point on catering case studies for different personas. I've recently been updating our company's site (as well as my own) with case studies of projects and has been really engaging for telling the same story for different audiences/from a different perspective. It's allowed me to keep my own portfolio narrative on focus (and link out to other company case studies to reference other items).

      Also really appreciate and value your "just wrote basics in bulletpoints". I started by outlining case studies to support a thesis, and found that this is probably a great point to introduce a content strategist, too (although have been writing my own). Really a great way to get some "MVP" case study at least OUT to publicize, then add enhancements on later. Taking some cues from this to get my own personal case studies out faster. Thanks!

      2 points
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, 5 months ago

    Writing the content. I wanted to give the bullet points to someone and pay them to fill in the blanks.

    1 point
  • Graeme F, 5 months ago

    maybe not the most annoying, but compressing images or gifs is a real pain

    1 point
    • John Doe, 5 months ago

      funny but true, as some websites have a file size limit.

      0 points
      • Graeme F, 5 months ago

        I mean we actually want to keep the file size small regardless of limits, in order to reduce the mb size of the webpage, so it loads on poor connections

        1 point
    • Mark BultMark Bult, 5 months ago

      Ever try ImageOptim? It's great.

      1 point
  • Dan GDan G, 5 months ago

    writing it, it's always the worst

    1 point