7 comments

  • Roland IllésRoland Illés, 2 years ago

    Your YouTube channel is extremely motivational for me right now as I'm in the middle of a job hunt. Instant subscribe!

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    • Nelson Abalos Jr, 2 years ago

      thank you SO SO much for this comment. This has really made my Friday.

      As for your job hunt, just keep at it. Every employer that never responds to your application or denies it is just a road sign pointing you to an even better opportunity.

      Good luck! I'm rooting for you. ❤️

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      • John Jackson, 2 years ago

        I was really skeptical going into the video, but I really enjoyed it and it was very insightful. Thanks for taking the time to create it!

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  • Gavin McFarlandGavin McFarland, 2 years ago

    I enjoyed your video but I also loathed it a little. I agree that a lot of designers websites both look the same and say the same stuff and you gave some interesting food for thought with regards to telling your own story.

    However I think whatever your discipline is in UX, you shouldn't be expected to be put on such a high pedestal. Designers do incredible things and are much bigger than the services and products they produce but we are not all good story tellers, content writers or web designers. Designers utilise what skills they have just like any other profession to sell themselves. Some use online tools to build their website some code it themselves and in some cases the layout may suffer from looking similar to other designers websites, we also have to consider how we can write about our experiences and sometimes it's easier to do that on tools like Medium, having to duplicate that content is a real pain and would defeat (in my opinion) the purpose of using a platform like Medium.

    One scenario where I think your advice wouldn't perform well is for contractors where mostly recruiters and hiring managers want to spend as little time on your website as they need to digest what it is you do and how you do it. I've had a lot of feedback from hiring managers that they just want to get straight to the point and don't care much for too much for personal stories. It's very touch trying to achieve this balance.

    I'm all for distinguishing yourself from other designers but I also think we ask a lot of ourselves, at the end of the day your website is only one channel people see you though. If work full-time and you haven't found yourself struggling to get interviews and jobs then your website is probably doing you just fine, but if you're a freelancer and you aren't getting any leads it might be a different matter.

    I did enjoy watching your video. It was pretty funny and eye opening watch you read the from the homepages, and the advice did provide some inspiration but I don't know if it really captures the struggles that designers face when trying to design their portfolios, perhaps there are some valid reasons why they've expressed themselves they way they have, maybe there are reasons why they chose that design over something else.

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  • Ariel VerberAriel Verber, 2 years ago

    found myself disagreeing with many of your comments.

    • the fact that 'we have a very short time to grab the attention or the person browsing our website' is not always correct. for example, sometimes a portfolio is a way to present your best works to a potential client, and help seal the deal. they will probably spend a while in your website.

    • for the same reason - the story is not necessarily the most important thing. the audience could be people who know me, someone i met during a meetup and chatted with me, an old friend, etc...

    • too much text in the homepage could be a distraction from the works.

    • you've mentioned the fact that a headshot is needed - it reaaaally depends. sometimes it's not very good for branding. example - you're a super talented 15 years old.

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    • Nelson Abalos JrNelson Abalos Jr, 2 years ago

      thanks for watching and for your valid points.

      I totally understand that you need to make a great first impression within the first 6 seconds of loading a site, hence why I mention that your story should be crunched down to 1 to 2 sentences:

      https://youtu.be/WN4niUJL6b0?t=192

      Also, if you're a super talented 15 year old, why not show who you are? It's amazing if you're that skilled at such a young age. It's like seeing a super skilled girl skater who is 10 years old and is already winning competitions but yet she hides her face with a mask.

      In my honest opinion, celebrate who you are. Who you are is what makes you unique and different. Use that to your advantage to stand out :)

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