Design Thinking Portfolio

1 Jul 2011 - 9:14am
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JasonAlexander
2010

I am caught up in the NDA and out dated portolfio dilemma.  I am not able to show my best work or recent work because of non-disclosure agreements or the fact that things have been re-designed or are just not current.

I was wonerding if it would be acceptable to create new deliverables.  I do not have any paid mobile experience, so I wanted to start with that.

Are employer's more interested in the way I think, rather than what I have been paid to do in the past?

If you do agree with me creating new deliverable's, then can you suggest a "design-thinking exercise"?

I also write personas in the 3rd person and wanted to try the 1st or 2nd person approach.

I guess I am trying to ask if I can create a UX portfolio, in much the same way a "medium artist" does, where they simply create their best work and present it during the interview process.

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4 Jul 2011 - 9:05am
monkeyshine
2010

If I were interviewing you for a UX position at my company I'd definitely want to see how you think. To that end, maybe you could take a product that you think has a poor UI or significant problems and re-design it as a better experience. This is a great way for you to explain your thinking in a very ideal, "if I ruled the world" scenario and it gives your interviewers the ability to compare an existing product's UI to your better interpretation.  However, I would also want to know that you have experience in shipping/launching products. Great theoretical, academic thinking is very important but if you've been in your career for a while you understand that the right way isn't always the implementation way. I'd want to know that you have design thinking foundation and the brains and muscle memory to react to fire alarms, limitations and see good design through all phases of development.  It would be powerful if you can take the ideal re-design and leverage your experience against that. Meaning, draw analogies to existing projects. You can't show NDA work but you can speak to your role and how you handled difficult situations. An example would be to call out a problem in an existing UI and draw a parallel to one of your NDA projects and explain the process in how you handled the problem. Does that make sense?  Good luck.Deanna
 On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 5:48 AM, JasonAlexander <jasalex@live.com> wrote:

I am caught up in the NDA and out dated portolfio dilemma.  I am not able to show my best work or recent work because of non-disclosure agreements or the fact that things have been re-designed or are just not current.

I was wonerding if it would be acceptable to create new deliverables.  I do not have any paid mobile experience, so I wanted to start with that.

Are employer's more interested in the way I think, rather than what I have been paid to do in the past?

If you do agree with me creating new deliverable's, then can you suggest a "design-thinking exercise"?

I also write personas in the 3rd person and wanted to try the 1st or 2nd person approach.

I guess I am trying to ask if I can create a UX portfolio, in much the same way a "medium artist" does, where they simply create their best work and present it during the interview process.

(((Pleas
4 Jul 2011 - 10:05am
GeoffWill
2010

this is a common issue. I ended up creating a portfolio of new documents for an area that I had worked in previously. As a ux researcher for expedia some years back I had good knowledge of the travel reservation process. I created a wide range of IA, ID and design docs for a fictitious travel firm.

I like the idea of supporting each doc with a "how I think" document so that the reader can see more than just a copy of a diagram. this would document your work process as well as work products.

my response to this problem is on my web site: www.willcherconsulting.tech.officelive.com I would tweak the task analysis now, but have a job and don't need to.

regards,

geoff

-----Original Message----- From: monkeyshine Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 7:27 AM To: gwbando@msn.com Subject: Re: [IxDA] Design Thinking Portfolio

If I were interviewing you for a UX position at my company I'd definitely want to see how you think. To that end, maybe you could take a product that you think has a poor UI or significant problems and re-design it as a better experience. This is a great way for you to explain your thinking in a very ideal, "if I ruled the world" scenario and it gives your interviewers the ability to compare an existing product's UI to your better interpretation. However, I would also want to know that you have experience in shipping/launching products. Great theoretical, academic thinking is very important but if you've been in your career for a while you understand that the right way isn't always the implementation way. I'd want to know that you have design thinking foundation and the brains and muscle memory to react to fire alarms, limitations and see good design through all phases of development. It would be powerful if you can take the ideal re-design and leverage your experience against that. Meaning, draw analogies to existing projects. You can't show NDA work but you can speak to your role and how you handled difficult situations. An example would be to call out a problem in an existing UI and draw a parallel to one of your NDA projects and explain the process in how you handled the problem. Does that make sense? Good luck.Deanna On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 5:48 AM, JasonAlexander wrote:

>I am caught up in the NDA and out dated portolfio dilemma. I am not able >to show my best work or recent work because of non-disclosure agreements or >the fact that things have been re-designed or are just not current. > >I was wonerding if it would be acceptable to create new deliverables. I do >not have any paid mobile experience, so I wanted to start with that. > >Are employer's more interested in the way I think, rather than what I have >been paid to do in the past? > >If you do agree with me creating new deliverable's, then can you suggest a >"design-thinking exercise"? > >I also write personas in the 3rd person and wanted to try the 1st or 2nd >person approach. > >I guess I am trying to ask if I can create a UX portfolio, in much the same >way a "medium artist" does, where they simply create their best work and >present it during the interview process. > >(((Pleas >

15 Jul 2011 - 8:06am
tstutts
2008

One approach you may want to consider (this works well with wireframes), is minimizing your work enough in size to the point where the text is mostly unreadable, but the quality and effort of the work is still comprehensible. You can also greek or blur out any text that identifies a brand or jargon that relates to a special feature best left kept secret. You can also resort to labeling your projects on your portfolio in terms of their application, instead of the full label (ie "UI Design for Social Networking Site" as opposed to "UI Design for Facebook"). Then just have another site--could be your company site or your Linked-in--where you name drop the clients without connecting them to an NDA deliverables. If you take these approaches, slipping an additional unpaid concept project in your portfolio for the purpose you described, should blend into the mix just fine. If you feel a need to mention that a project is just a concept, do so--I don't think it's going to be viewed as a red flag.

On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM, GeoffWill wrote: > this is a common issue. I ended up creating a portfolio of new documents > for an area that I had worked in previously. As a ux researcher for expedia > some years back I had good knowledge of the travel reservation process. I > created a wide range of IA, ID and design docs for a fictitious travel firm. > > I like the idea of supporting each doc with a "how I think" document so that > the reader can see more than just a copy of a diagram. this would document > your work process as well as work products. > > my response to this problem is on my web site: > www.willcherconsulting.tech.officelive.com > I would tweak the task analysis now, but have a job and don't need to. > > regards, > > geoff > > -----Original Message----- > From: monkeyshine > Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 7:27 AM > To: gwbando@msn.com > Subject: Re: [IxDA] Design Thinking Portfolio > > If I were interviewing you for a UX position at my company I'd definitely > want to see how you think. To that end, maybe you could take a product that > you think has a poor UI or significant problems and re-design it as a better > experience. This is a great way for you to explain your thinking in a very > ideal, "if I ruled the world" scenario and it gives your interviewers the > ability to compare an existing product's UI to your better interpretation. > However, I would also want to know that you have experience in > shipping/launching products. Great theoretical, academic thinking is very > important but if you've been in your career for a while you understand that > the right way isn't always the implementation way. I'd want to know that you > have design thinking foundation and the brains and muscle memory to react to > fire alarms, limitations and see good design through all phases of > development. > It would be powerful if you can take the ideal re-design and leverage your > experience against that. Meaning, draw analogies to existing projects. You > can't show NDA work but you can speak to your role and how you handled > difficult situations. An example would be to call out a problem in an > existing UI and draw a parallel to one of your NDA projects and explain the > process in how you handled the problem. Does that make sense? > Good luck.Deanna > On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 5:48 AM, JasonAlexander > wrote: > >>I am caught up in the NDA and out dated portolfio dilemma. I am not able >>to show my best work or recent work because of non-disclosure agreements or >>the fact that things have been re-designed or are just not current. >> >>I was wonerding if it would be acceptable to create new deliverables. I do >>not have any paid mobile experience, so I wanted to start with that. >> >>Are employer's more interested in the way I think, rather than what I have >>been paid to do in the past? >> >>If you do agree with me creating new deliverable's, then can you suggest a >>"design-thinking exercise"? >> >>I also write personas in the 3rd person and wanted to try the 1st or 2nd >>person approach. >> >>I guess I am trying to ask if I can create a UX portfolio, in much the same >>way a "medium artist" does, where they simply create their best work and >>present it during the interview process. >> >>(((Pleas >> > >

4 Jul 2011 - 9:32am
jasonmesut
2010

I get fed up with the whole NDA issue and your idea is a good way to help circumvent the lack of legally showable work. You can also re-create certain outputs from a real project too.

See my initial rant about UX portfoilios back in November and some of my presentations on the matter at http://betteruxportfolios.wordpress.com/

 

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