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Richmond, VA Creator of UXcellence.com Joined 5 months ago
Only when they are complete sentences :)
I'm going to have to add some of the suggestions below to my own list, but I've compiled a library broken down by specific topics. Here's a list I made of the top UX-specific books on psychology: https://uxcellence.com/library/topic/psychology
I also compiled a list of essential UX books across a number of topics, including 4 specifically around various aspects of psychology here: https://uxcellence.com/2017/01/25/essential-ux-library
It depends on what you plan to do with the recordings.
If you want something that will record audio and video, ScreenFlow is a little pricey but pretty great. You can also edit your videos with it.
If you want to capture animation/interaction as a small gif, then either Licecap or Giphy Capture will work great. FWIW, I switched from Licecap to Giphy Capture (when it was still GifGrabber) because Licecap didn't work well with multiple monitors at one point.
I recommended them (along with several other great apps) here: https://uxcellence.com/2017/01/10/14-great-mac-design-apps
I wrote about this a couple months ago here: https://uxcellence.com/2016/11/05/every-designer-should-have-a-portfolio
Here's the TL;DR version: You might not need one to get hired, but it can't hurt. You should still expect to walk through your existing work in interviews. There are reasons beyond hiring to consider having one:
I also wrote about what makes for a great portfolio here: https://uxcellence.com/2016/11/17/craft-a-captivating-portfolio
I'll mostly spend it relaxing with family and friends. In my downtime, I have made a habit of a year-end digital "house cleaning": https://stegrainer.com/journal/2016/starting-the-year-fresh
I added a role filter on my portfolio index so visitors could see which projects fit which roles. I'm pretty happy with my portfolio, but there's always more I'd love to do to improve it: https://stegrainer.com/portfolio
When it comes to evaluating design/dev hybrids, I tend to dig into the code for their portfolio itself. It's hard to know with most projects what code a specific dev contributed (unless their repo is public), but looking at the code for a personal site can reveal quite a bit more.
None of the above is an immediate disqualifier, but it gives me a good starting point for their experience and attention to detail. It often gives me something to bring up in interviews with the candidate that they can definitely discuss as opposed to NDA projects.
I figured this was still very early so hopefully my suggestions didn't come across as major issues. None of them are dealbreakers and your portfolio is already worlds better than most I've seen.
As someone who is constantly tinkering with and attempting to improve my own site(s), I completely understand. There's no such thing as done with web design. ;) Feel free to poke me on twitter or my own website (stegrainer.com) for follow-up anytime.
I'll second a couple of the soundtrack suggestions and add a few more of my own. I tend to prefer soundtracks or instrumental sets when I'm designing anything that may have text. Helps me to focus on the writing and flow of the text while I design. When I'm doing straight illustration or code, I'll throw in faster stuff with lyrics.
When it comes to lyrical music (for illustration / code time), I tend toward poppy electronic or folky acoustic with the occasional metal:
When I'm not listening to any of those, I'm typically singing along with Disney songs or other soundtracks like Galavant, The Book of Mormon, and others.
I love it! It's a more unique layout and style than many portfolios I've seen. Between Neon Mob and Super Team Deluxe, I've been a fan of your style for awhile now so it's awesome to see a portfolio built around your aesthetic.
In particular, I love the following:
Here are a few minor suggestions:
This is the earliest thing I have online without digging up some archived CDs: http://desine.stegrainer.com/index.php