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Calling for Great UX Portfolios

6 years ago from , UX Designer. Writer & Publisher @ UXBeginner.com

I see great visual design portfolios posted regularly on DN, but think the # of UX portfolios (showing process) is under-represented. Any UX Designers here link your portfolio!

50 comments

  • Kevin SchaeferKevin Schaefer, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    First attempt at a new portfolio after graduating college...

    www.kjschaef.com

    Still making tweaks, but would love feedback.

    28 points
    • Oz Chen, 6 years ago

      This is tremendous work - I like how readers can jump into your best work all one one page.

      2 points
    • Chris FreesChris Frees, 6 years ago

      Love the website!

      0 points
    • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, 6 years ago

      Another awesome one

      0 points
    • Gabriel GarridoGabriel Garrido, 6 years ago

      This is great, props to you and your hard work! What did you study at CMU?

      0 points
    • Ryan Hicks, 6 years ago

      Curious as to why you're using points to define your font body copy size and line height? I'm not a dev so you may have a valid reason. Also at first I thought the line height looked a bit spread out, but after looking at it more it seems to work well. Nice work.

      0 points
    • Jack GoldingJack Golding, 6 years ago

      This is beautiful. My only caveat is that after scrolling to the bottom, there is no 'return to top' or other, simple footer.

      0 points
    • Felix Terpstra, 6 years ago

      Like the site, the images and copy are balanced really nicely. My only though is that it could benefit from stronger demarcation between each case study / story. It's a little difficult when skimming to see where one ends and the next begins, but perhaps that is what you were going for!

      1 point
    • Derek BowersDerek Bowers, 6 years ago

      Nice work.

      0 points
    • Joshua SöhnJoshua Söhn, 6 years ago

      I like it! For an portfolio with great UX the icon with the mailto-link is pretty bad ux though

      0 points
    • Bob WassermannBob Wassermann, 6 years ago

      This is really great! Wow.

      0 points
  • Ed LeaEd Lea, 6 years ago

    I tried to go into detail in my portfolio, I'm really into process these days. http://edlea.com

    6 points
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, 6 years ago

    Teehan and Lax have great case studies: http://www.teehanlax.com/story/medium/

    5 points
  • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, 6 years ago

    Metalab have some nice stuff

    http://www.metalabdesign.com/projects/victis/

    Also FI is next level

    http://www.f-i.com/fi/airlines/

    4 points
  • David OngDavid Ong, 6 years ago

    Trying my luck and transparency here: http://www.daveong.com/ . This is a work in progress as I do not develop or code at all. I asked a good friend of mine a favor in exchange of designing the interface of his portfolio.

    It took me 3 months of planning and designing the interface because I'd like to think designing your own portfolio is innately hard (one would really want to make ends meet) and about 3 weeks of coding (from front-end to back-end) to develop the site.

    As for the content of my portfolio, I did an audit of how portfolios tell stories of their work and saw a pattern - it starts with a problem, participation, workflow, results. This pattern helped me compose the write-ups for my work quickly.

    Consequently, I had to translate this into a print portfolio in case employers request them.

    I had to greatly consider and factor in that this is a favor and my designs should aspire to be a minimum viable product. In fact, the outcome so far reflects on a paradox that while it is a portfolio of a UX designer, the portfolio itself lacks some basic necessities of a good ux lol (i.e. mobile responsive, load time, etc.)

    Of course there is so much I still want to do with it - mobile responsive and a better way of storytelling (my work) in relation to the brand that I aspire to be, more subtle interactions. Perhaps I'll get there one day :)

    Oh and I learned a lot too about coding, setting up my own servers, domains, and such, a very fulfilling experience in the end, really :)

    1 point
    • Oz Chen, 6 years ago

      " I did an audit of how portfolios tell stories of their work and saw a pattern - it starts with a problem, participation, workflow, results. This pattern helped me compose the write-ups for my work quickly."

      Awesome. This is the pattern I picked up too - I think everybody likes a story, and it helps to have a beginning, middle and end to each portfolio piece.

      1 point
  • Jordi TambilloJordi Tambillo, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Here is mine: http://hjotar.com

    Feel free to give me some feedback.

    Cheers.

    1 point
    • Paul Forgione, 6 years ago

      Is your blog running on top of any sort of CMS?

      I really love the style of it and have been looking for something similar for myself!

      1 point
      • Jordi TambilloJordi Tambillo, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

        I'm currently using Statamic CMS but I had to design everything. If you want a CMS w/ style you could check Squarespace, there are pretty good themes there.

        0 points
  • Steven FabreSteven Fabre, 6 years ago

    Here is my portfolio: http://stevenfabre.com I need to spend a bit more time on the case studies, but keen to hear your thoughts :)

    1 point
  • Alexander Ryan, 6 years ago

    Distill has a few case studies that show our experience design process, in particular:

    "Oakland International Airport Service Design" http://wedistill.com/case-study/oak-service-design/

    'La Brea Experience Design Blueprint" http://wedistill.com/case-study/la-brea/

    "Bay Street Research and Insights" http://wedistill.com/case-study/bay-street/

    1 point
  • David LuhmanDavid Luhman, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Allergic to NDA Zone

    I am also interested to peak behind the curtains of some great digital products processes.

    1 point
  • Edmund YuEdmund Yu, over 5 years ago

    Hi Oz, not sure if you're still looking for portfolios showing design process. This is how I did it. Take a look and hope it helps! http://www.edmundyu.com

    0 points
  • Paula BorowskaPaula Borowska, 6 years ago

    www.paulaborowska.com/work I hope this is what you're looking for :)

    0 points
  • Oz Chen, 6 years ago

    I regret not mentioning this in the original post, but for any new submissions, it'd be great if UXers can also share thoughts like:

    • how you approached building your portfolio
    • whether your portfolio was effective at getting the job/opportunities
    • how long it took you to build your portfolio, and why

    Thanks for the great submissions

    0 points
  • Michael SzczepanskiMichael Szczepanski, 6 years ago

    http://harkmylord.com

    0 points
  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 6 years ago

    I'm working on my new portfolio right now, should be out soon and I'll open a SHOW DN

    0 points
  • Zach KuzmicZach Kuzmic, 6 years ago

    Throwing mine out there!

    http://zachkuzmic.com/

    0 points
  • jorik houwelingjorik houweling, 6 years ago

    One of the best blogs on smart UX: http://littlebigdetails.com/

    0 points
  • Chus MargalloChus Margallo, 6 years ago

    WIP -> http://chusmargallo.com/~chus/web/

    0 points
  • Account deleted 6 years ago

    I find this one very insightful • http://elizabethwindram.com/

    0 points
  • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, 6 years ago

    I really enjoy perusing through the portfolios of everyone in the comment section.

    Here's my portfolio: http://aaroncalzado.com

    I'll love it if some of you can take a look at my portfolio. Additional comments and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

    0 points
    • Ean MoodyEan Moody, 6 years ago

      So my initial reaction when I hit your page was "Where is his work?"

      It seems odd to hit me with a landing page that doesn't give my anything to really look at, and where the primary buttons seem to be Email and Resume. By the same token, when I get to the end of your portfolio there's no easy action I can take to contact you: I have to go back to the Info page first.

      Seems like it'd be nice to just load people right onto your work page, and include the Email and Resume links in your header, with maybe some redundant buttons for those elements at the bottom of your portfolio for the sake of flow?

      I mean, that's why I'm at your portfolio: I want to see your work. AFTER I look at your work, I might feel the need to check your resume and contact you.

      Your work is great, btw, and I love the site design as a whole.

      0 points
      • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, 6 years ago

        Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. I'll figure out a nice way to implement your feedback into my site.

        0 points
  • Adit GuptaAdit Gupta, 6 years ago

    Hey, Here's my first ever portfolio. I like using loads of negative spaces and providing contextual animations.

    Would love feedback from DN! http://aditsgupta.com

    0 points
  • Daniel Noskin, 6 years ago

    Here is my portfolio. Just graduated undergrad :) Http://www.danielnoskin.com

    0 points
  • David SinclairDavid Sinclair, 6 years ago

    You can also view the GFACE Shop item with that password

    0 points
  • David SinclairDavid Sinclair, 6 years ago

    Anyone interested can take a look at a sampling of mine. I tend to keep stuff password protected when I'm not actively looking.

    www.cantdrawcantcode.com/mywork

    I've made one item available. Click on the ChineseCUBES™ (AR) item. The password is: news

    I've had a lot of success with this approach, but feedback is welcome.

    0 points
    • John FlynnJohn Flynn, 6 years ago

      Why the password?

      0 points
      • David SinclairDavid Sinclair, 6 years ago

        A lot of stuff is in various states of completion at the moment, so I prefer not to expose it. Also, I'm in the game industry which is highly secretive and paranoid and I'm hesitant to have detailed process and challenges spelled out for all to see. If it was an artist or visual designer just showing finished work, I wouldn't password stuff.

        0 points