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October 16, 2019 at 11:51pm

Looking for Design Portfolio Feedback

October 16, 2019 at 11:51pm (Edited 6 months ago)

Hi there, my name is Jessica. I've been working on my portfolio in hopes of landing a product design role at companies like Google (that would be a dream). I'm a design generalist experienced in strategy, workshop facilitation, UX/UI, copywriting and a little bit on interaction design.

Appreciate any constructive feedback on my portfolio jpang.io to better appeal to product companies and please PM me if you have the time. Thank you!!


October 17, 2019 at 9:18am

Hi Jessica, I had a quick look over and think it's looking good. On the home page I would prehaps swap the order of "My Story" and "My Latest Work" so people can get to your work examples quicker as you have clearly put some effort into those. I am also not sure how much value I am getting from the "My Story" section, so again I would be tempted to move it further down the page.

When people are looking at your portfolio in a hiring secnario, they will, unfortunately, only spend a short amount of time so giving them the easiest access to your work should be a priority as you just want to get to the first "yes" as quickly as possible, so best to remove any barriers to that.

Dan Shilov has some really helpful articles around the whole process, so worth a read! https://medium.com/@danshilov/mastering-product-design-interviews-32a7804df89b

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October 18, 2019 at 12:59am

Hi Jessica, I had a quick look over and think it's looking good. On the home page I would prehaps swap the order of "My Story" and "My Latest Work" so people can get to your work examples quicker as you have clearly put some effort into those. I am also not sure how much value I am getting from the "My Story" section, so again I would be tempted to move it further down the page.

When people are looking at your portfolio in a hiring secnario, they will, unfortunately, only spend a short amount of time so giving them the easiest access to your work should be a priority as you just want to get to the first "yes" as quickly as possible, so best to remove any barriers to that.

Dan Shilov has some really helpful articles around the whole process, so worth a read! https://medium.com/@danshilov/mastering-product-design-interviews-32a7804df89b

Thanks for the feedback and nice meeting you

! You're right, I've been iterating my tagline so recruiters/hiring managers know right off the bat what I do and stand for.

Thanks for the link as well, that's really helpful :) I've been trying to improve the structure of my portfolio pieces to speak to the design process.

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October 18, 2019 at 1:06pm

Thanks for sharing your work! I read through most of your site and you do a great job articulating the fundamentals of your case studies. The methodology you follow is sound and the insights you come up with are worthwhile. Those are all strong aspects of your site.

I think your biggest opportunity for improvement revolves around visual design. Your portfolio site and case studies have deep UX thinking, which is great for a UX designer that's paired with a visual designer. But, often, product design roles hope for a more polished level of visual design on top of the solid UX background. I'd recommend doing more research into the patterns and principles of aesthetics in the digital product space (color, hierarchy, composition, etc.) Then, just practice, practice, practice. I know a lot of people bash on Dribbble, but it is good for finding aesthetically inspiring work. I'd find some really strong visuals for products and try to deconstruct (reverse engineer) how they accomplished some of those effects and why they're important.

Once you feel like you've made improvement on that side of things, I'd apply those skills to redesign your site. The content you have is great, so you've already done the hardest part. I just think you have an opportunity to make a more authentic (to you) site that still relies on solid UX patterns and principles.

Also, if you haven't seen this before, it's a great resource: https://lawsofux.com/

Lastly, if interested, I'm building a platform for going through design exercises (and getting feedback on them) over at https://go.productdesigners.app. No pressure! Just giving the link in case it's helpful.

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The main thing is just to get something out there. Your portfolio won't ever be finished or perfect, but it will evolve as you iterate and grow over time. I found it much easier to work on mine when I accepted this fact! Keep asking for feedback...

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October 21, 2019 at 2:09am

Thank you

! Really value your feedback, and yes because my work is more UX, I haven't had big projects on UI side of things hence less visual design pieces.

Thanks for sharing the product designers app. I've tried challenging myself to the 100 days of daily UI and tie it with concepts of visual design, but I felt it wasn't big enough to showcase any understanding of designing scaled up products, design hygiene, design components, workflows and handover to development team. My guess is that's where I'm also lacking in my portfolio. For those instances, what's the best way to showcase that?

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The main thing is just to get something out there. Your portfolio won't ever be finished or perfect, but it will evolve as you iterate and grow over time. I found it much easier to work on mine when I accepted this fact! Keep asking for feedback...

yes i feel that my website is due for a huge revamp soon... thank you

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