What to Include in Your First UX Portfolio

A comprehensive guide for your UX portfolio

Maddy Beard

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This month I’m coming to you with some UI/UX design portfolio tips thanks to a lovely Instagram friend who posed this question to me:

Dear Maddy,

I am currently pursuing UX design and I wanted to create my first portfolio. Could you tell me what a UX portfolio should consist of and where should I compile it? What all should I include? How should I present it? It would really help if you could give me some tips for this.

— Radha

Dear Radha,

The most important thing to know is that showcasing your process is just as important as presenting the final product. Think of your portfolio as a series of project summaries and not just a gallery of your work.

With that said, now I’m going to go through these questions one by one and get down to the details.

1. Where Should My Portfolio Live

Honestly, it doesn’t matter! Use whatever platform you’re most comfortable with. But here are my top 3 recommendations if you’re looking for a place to start.

Behance

Pros: 100% free. Their project creator is extremely easy to use and it’s honestly difficult to create an ugly portfolio on Behance. Plus, it allows you to share your work with the creative community and potential employers. I know tons of designers who have gotten hired off of Behance. It really is different from any other social network in that sense.

Cons: Not as customizable as your own website. *If you use Behance, make sure to add a detailed bio in your bio section as well as a good photo of you.

Webflow

Pros: Totally custom. No code. Great templates. I personally love Webflow and use it for my own personal website (which is incredibly simple right now but will eventually include my portfolio + more content) It’s especially a good option if you’re looking to freelance and present as a…

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