UX Portfolio Workshop

We've changed things from a review night to a UX Portfolio Workshop!!

Why do you need a UX portfolio?
Maybe you're currently looking for a new job, contract work, or are trying to transition into a UX career.  A UX portfolio reflects your skills and abilities to conduct UX activities and create UX deliverables.  Even if you're not looking for your next career opportunity, having a portfolio is a great way to show that you've established your UX career, especially if you're a blogger, Twitter junkie, or thought leader.

What's different about a UX portfolio?
Much of the UX work we do isn't always evident in the finished product/project.  We do a lot of research, sketching, iterating, thinking, and refining.  It's a process and it's important to show our abilities to do so.  Assembling a UX portfolio isn't as easy as taking a few screenshots or showing snippets of code, so this workshop is here to help get you started.

About the workshop
Space is limited to 25 participants.  In the workshop, you’ll learn:

• What to put in your UX portfolio
• How to figure out what (of your stuff) to include
• How to add what you’re missing
• What tools and resources to use in building it
• What’s a good (and bad) portfolio

And lastly, you’ll get to meet 24 other UXers, who could be a great resource as you create your UX portfolio.  (Think networking in the fun summer camp way and not the awkward speed dating way.) 

This workshop will be led by Michelle Chin and have three facilitators, who will all help you get a leg up on creating your UX portfolio.

Who is this workshop for?

Any transitioning or current UXer that needs to create or revamp their portfolio.  This is not an event for non-UXers that need portfolios or recruiters (give us a few months to show off our portfolios at an actual review night).

Format
During this workshop we'll work in small discussion groups so people can get the most out of this evening.

Cost
It's free! (If you're feeling compelled, I like cookies.)

Agenda
6:30 - 7:00 - Check-in, drinks, snacks
7:00 - 9:00 - Portfolio workshop

Location
We're metro accessible! Rock Creek Strategic Marketing is right off of the red line. Take the red line to Friendship Heights and exit at the Western Ave. side.  At the top of the escalator you'll be at this atrium with lots of entrances, walk straight toward the Western Ave. exit. Once above ground, take the escalators on the right and walk across the patio. We're on the 10th floor.

We're at 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD. The parking garage in the building offers $3 parking after 5pm.  We’re on the 10th floor.

Sponsors
• Rock Creek Strategic Marketing - venue, snacks, and tasty beverages
• If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Michelle.

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  • Shep M.

    I'm not a very good visual designer, but that's OK as my strengths and experience lie in user research, competitive analysis, conceptual design, wire-framing and prototyping of desktop, web and mobile apps.

    My deliverables are mostly "just enough & just in time" to keep the team moving forward in some Agile process: concept maps, stick note affinity diagrams, paper & whiteboard sketches, wireframes. Interactive prototypes when necessary.

    The problem I still have - is how to show my work in a portfolio that can stand (and compete) on it's own as a public facing portfolio. There are complex business problems, the context of those problems, and design & development constraints that can't be succinctly shown in a portfolio.

    Many people have written about this problem for years and I have attempted to follow their lead. But - it still seems that that something 'cool & shiny' is expected in your portfolio, and I'm reluctant to misrepresent my skills/experience.

    Thoughts or opinions?

    April 23, 2014

    • Michelle C.

      Hey Shep, I get your conundrum - there is a lot that we do that isn't glamorous and shiny - rough whiteboard sketches, scribbles on napkins, etc. And there's a lot of complex problem solving that went from you brain to the sketch to the final product. I don't think all the complexities need to be explained in your portfolio - portfolios are just a way to get you to spark interest for further discussion. You can touch base on one or two challenges and the solutions to them, but really the details could be left to a later conversation. Real UXers know that the shiny stuff isn't UX unless there's something illustrating process behind it. ;)

      April 25, 2014

    • Lonnie S.

      Here is an incredibly eloquent piece about design gone awry--about what happens when product thinking (solving problems users actually care about) is subtracted from design. http://mokriya.quora....­

      April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informational and helpful!

    April 24, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    Hey everyone! Thanks for attending and for those of you that weren't able to attend, I've posted the slides here: http://slidesha.re/1ns8m0s Feel free to contact me with any questions!

    The plan is to have a Portfolio Review Night for our next event in 2 months. Stay tuned and get busy! :)

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Shep M.

      Thanks for the slides Michelle - really well organized and presented. Looks like it was a great event - hoping I'll be able to make the next one.

      "Pro Tip: Take photos of everything"
      Absolutely.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Patricia L.

    Very helpful, thank you!

    April 23, 2014

  • Claire

    So awesome! I am so appreciative this group exists. I was able to meet others with like-minded goals and interests, receive concrete advice, and have free snacks! What more can you need?

    April 23, 2014

  • Terrie

    Informative. Organized. Good to learn from others. Good conversations. Good connections.

    April 23, 2014

  • Karen H.

    Awesome event. Thank you!

    April 23, 2014

  • John O.

    Excellent, good to meet everyone

    April 23, 2014

  • Mike

    Very helpful and informative

    April 22, 2014

  • Joseph H.

    Great - love it

    April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very useful!

    April 22, 2014

  • Karen O.

    Darn it, work's gotten really busy and I can't make it. Hope there's still time to pass my space to someone else. Thanks for posting the slides!

    April 22, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    Hey everyone! If you can't make it tonight, please update your RSVPs so people on the waitlist can get in. For those that couldn't go tonight, I'll be posting the slides online shortly after.

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Shep M.

      Thanks for posting your slides Michelle.

      April 22, 2014

    • Lauren C.

      Agreed! That is very thoughtful of you Michelle.

      April 22, 2014

  • Sveta V.

    Cannot make it today...

    April 22, 2014

  • Mike M.

    I would like Alla spot if possible.

    April 22, 2014

    • Michelle C.

      Hi Mike, there's a waitlist which you can sign up for, but there are others in line at the moment. You'll automatically be notified if there's a spot available for you.

      April 22, 2014

  • Alla

    Sorry, cannot make it, just found out today. Hope, someone can take my spot.

    April 22, 2014

  • Lauren C.

    I too will no longer be able to make it. My apologies for any inconvenience!

    April 21, 2014

  • Shep M.

    Had to back out - hoping that someone else can still take my spot. Sorry to miss the event.

    April 21, 2014

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