IxD Portfolio review resources

24 Mar 2009 - 7:08pm
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Jonathan Warner

Can anyone suggest a resource for professional portfolio reviews? As
so many of us have migrated from other fields, creating a
straightforward portfolio is more difficult. The budding IxDA
mentorship initiative may eventually provide an opportunity here, but
I'm looking for something available now.

Moreover, I haven't found much in the way of IxD-specific portfolio
tips. (Thanks SCAD and this site for a couple good tidbits). Thanks
for any help anyone can offer.

- Jonathan


25 Mar 2009 - 7:25am

Hi Jonathan,

I'm still not sure it's the right resource for you, but the
Information Architecture Institute has a mentor program set up as

As for feedback on your portfolio I would say that all the hover
overs are a little bit much for me, this of course may just be my
personal opinion, but I think you should either have clicks instead
hovers OR have one control do one type of action and a different
control do another. It was hard for me to read if my mouse hovered to
a different location then I realized that I had to click to get the
info to stay. Just didn't seem as clean.

Good luck in your search!

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25 Mar 2009 - 9:16am


The IxDA mentorship initiative sounds interesting, does anyone have
any more information on this? I couldn't find any on the site.

In terms of creating portfolios, this article from Sitepoint may be of
some use. It is very web-centric but I'm sure that many of the
principles will be applicable for other design fields:

"Designer needed: portfolio required"

Best wishes,
David Little
w: www.littled.net
t: twitter.com/djlittle

25 Mar 2009 - 12:45pm
Jonathan Warner


Jon Kolko can hook you up with the mentorship program initiative;
he's a member of IxDA. It's in relatively early stages, but they
likely need more help!

Thanks, Elisabeth, for your comments and time.


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25 Mar 2009 - 11:34am
Leon Barnard

I don't mean to be snide, since we're all on the same team, but I
think that the portfolio of an Interaction Designer shouldn't require
directions for use. If it's not blatantly obvious how to navigate,
then it's not as easy to use as it should be.

My 2 cents,

26 Mar 2009 - 12:38am
Evan Meagher

I agree with Leon. An interaction designer's portfolio should be as
much of a testament to their skill as the items within it.

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26 Mar 2009 - 12:56am
Scott McDaniel

To try to do the whole 'lighting a candle' thing...
indications can be built in to make it blatantly obvious to
click/mouseover the points on the map to
see the portfolio pieces, or even having a secondary navigation so the
user can simply Do What They Came Here to Do - or even making the map
more central but deemphasized/desaturated, especially when someone
wants to do something. The map idea isn't useless, it just gets in
the way.

Flash has problems with presentation, if someone wants to print out
the portfolio they have a chore ahead of them,
accessibiity issues and deep-linking (i.e. "Hey look at this piece
where...oh, ok, go to the map and click on that middle part...no, not
that middle part!")

That said, the Forking Path rocks!


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