UX Portfolio Program
May 14 - 19, 2018
In this free one-week program, we provided students with hands-on training and guidance to get started creating a professional User Experience (UX) portfolio. These projects demonstrated the critical thinking and technical skills across a range of UX disciplines that employers look for in candidates.
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A User Experience (UX) portfolio is a collection of projects representing your point of view and how you think about making interactions with products, services, systems, and brands more delightful and engaging for the people who use them. In the UX field, it is typical for an employer to request a portfolio in addition to a resume when applying for a position.
Companies who employ UX professionals want to know how you find and process information, how you apply what you learn to meet the needs of their customers and the business, and how you might go about executing those solutions. A well prepared portfolio should answer these questions.
Sample Portfolio Projects
- Project plans
- Mind mapping
- Usability testing reports
- Interactive prototypes
What you'll learn
We'll introduce you to the basics of UX and after developing a working knowledge of best practices, theory, and terminology, you'll be able to confidently engage in conversations about UX topics. We'll also get you started using industry tools and methods.
Practical applications across industries
Whether you're actively pursuing a UX career or not, we'll show you how to use the principles of UX to innovate at any organization. You'll learn why we design for the end user's needs first and how this approach can have a great impact on business goals. We'll also show you how UX skills can help you become an effective leader and decision maker as you progress through your career.
Insider career information
You'll learn about a variety of different UX career paths and get advice on how to break into the industry. We will have industry professionals (many of whom did not start their careers in UX) available to answer all of your questions and tell you real stories about what it's like to work in UX. Representatives from the following roles will be present:
- Project Management
- User Research
- Interaction Design
- User Interface Design
- Content Strategy
- Product Development
Schedule for the week
Day 1: Investigate
Learn how to smartly tackle the information discovery stage and get the right data to understand challenges.
Day 2: Solve
Discover brainstorming methods designed to generate ideas that drive innovation and disruption.
Day 3+4: Prototype
Rapidly test ideas with simple representations of your solution before launching to the real world.
Day 5: Deliver
Learn to craft better presentations and tell compelling stories to get buy in from stakeholders and effectively communicate your message.