Portfolios (was: Guidance for someone interested inyour field)

14 Apr 2004 - 3:28am
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pabini
2004

Joshua Seiden said:

I'm hiring designers. Thus, I need a
demonstration of design ability, not just speaking
ability. So, to my original point, I want another (or
an additional) tool.

***A well-written, detailed specification certainly demonstrates one's
design ability. Of course, they can't be posted online.

Pabini
________________________________________

Pabini Gabriel-Petit
Principal & User Experience Architect
Spirit Softworks
www.spiritsoftworks.com

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14 Apr 2004 - 5:43am
Gary Burke
2004

This is the work history I definitely have, and some others might too.
I've been designing websites and thinking about design for 10 years
now, on and off. I don't have much of a portfolio to show after all
this time. In part because the projects I've worked on, some are gone
and some are just not up to the standards I know I can deliver.
During the portfolio presentation I'd be forced to say things like
"Well, in this case the client insisted on Comic Sans for all text" and
"We were forced to keep the site within the previous architecture
because of severe time and budget constraints". My lack of
screenshots of sites I worked on in 1995-98 might be a problem, because
they're generally gone now, but sites from back then are not something
I'd really want to show off anyways. They'd look dated and cheesy.

I've been wondering, what would you as a hiring manager say about
personal projects included in design portfolios? Weblogs, the
portfolio page site itself, and non-web projects like illustrations,
logos and photography? I loved the idea of the tests as a real-world
example of what I would do given the chance, I'm probably going to take
them myself just as a training exercise and hopefully get an
evaluation. Also, what about spec redesigns? 37Signals took four
sites, Paypal, Fedex, a car site, and a bank site to show how they
would redesign and re-architect them given their druthers. In a
single screenshot they outlined their thinking process and made a very
clear case for their design methodologies. Would something like that
in a portfolio show initiative and creativity or would it look like
shoring up a weak portfolio with filler?

--Gary

On Apr 14, 2004, at 4:28 AM, Pabini Gabriel-Petit wrote:

> Joshua Seiden said:
>
> I'm hiring designers. Thus, I need a
> demonstration of design ability, not just speaking
> ability. So, to my original point, I want another (or
> an additional) tool.
>
> ***A well-written, detailed specification certainly demonstrates one's
> design ability. Of course, they can't be posted online.
>
> Pabini
> ________________________________________
>
> Pabini Gabriel-Petit
> Principal & User Experience Architect
> Spirit Softworks
> www.spiritsoftworks.com
>
>
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14 Apr 2004 - 5:07pm
Daniel Harvey
2004

The only concern I could see in showing personal projects is that it doesn't
show that you can work with a team, within outside/client constraints, etc.
Additionally, there may be some stigma of it being amateurish despite the
quality if you have more personal projects rather than professional ones to
show.

I think they work well as nice footnotes typically but unless you know the
interviewer has an interest in the type of work the project is about OR
unless it's a well known project in and of itself than I wouldn't peddle it
too hard.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Burke [mailto:burkeandwells at mac.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 6:43 AM
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] Portfolios (was: Guidance for someone
interested inyour field)

This is the work history I definitely have, and some others might too.
I've been designing websites and thinking about design for 10 years
now, on and off. I don't have much of a portfolio to show after all
this time. In part because the projects I've worked on, some are gone
and some are just not up to the standards I know I can deliver.
During the portfolio presentation I'd be forced to say things like
"Well, in this case the client insisted on Comic Sans for all text" and
"We were forced to keep the site within the previous architecture
because of severe time and budget constraints". My lack of
screenshots of sites I worked on in 1995-98 might be a problem, because
they're generally gone now, but sites from back then are not something
I'd really want to show off anyways. They'd look dated and cheesy.

I've been wondering, what would you as a hiring manager say about
personal projects included in design portfolios? Weblogs, the
portfolio page site itself, and non-web projects like illustrations,
logos and photography? I loved the idea of the tests as a real-world
example of what I would do given the chance, I'm probably going to take
them myself just as a training exercise and hopefully get an
evaluation. Also, what about spec redesigns? 37Signals took four
sites, Paypal, Fedex, a car site, and a bank site to show how they
would redesign and re-architect them given their druthers. In a
single screenshot they outlined their thinking process and made a very
clear case for their design methodologies. Would something like that
in a portfolio show initiative and creativity or would it look like
shoring up a weak portfolio with filler?

--Gary

On Apr 14, 2004, at 4:28 AM, Pabini Gabriel-Petit wrote:

> Joshua Seiden said:
>
> I'm hiring designers. Thus, I need a
> demonstration of design ability, not just speaking
> ability. So, to my original point, I want another (or
> an additional) tool.
>
> ***A well-written, detailed specification certainly demonstrates one's
> design ability. Of course, they can't be posted online.
>
> Pabini
> ________________________________________
>
> Pabini Gabriel-Petit
> Principal & User Experience Architect
> Spirit Softworks
> www.spiritsoftworks.com
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> Interaction Design Discussion List
> discuss at interactiondesigners.com
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