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Playing The Main Character In Your Portfolio Story

Recently, I’ve been talking about having your portfolio tell the story of your best work. One part of any story is the main character, who, in this case, would be you. After all, a project is like an adventure. You start out heading in one direction, then things happen, and you end up growing your […]

A Great Portfolio Isn’t a Collection of Deliverables

A great portfolio is a collection of the stories that describe your best work. As the demand for UX professionals increases, there’s been a renewed discussion on the importance of having a portfolio. There are even some, like Whitney Hess in a recent SxSW panel, who assert that because UX isn’t really about the deliverables, […]

Should You Be Hands or Brains?

[This is part 2 of a two-part post. For this article to make sense, you probably want to read part 1. This article was originally published on] In the last installment, we talked about the distinction between Hands contractors and Brains consultants. Hands are brought in by the team as an extra resource to […]

The Hands vs. the Brains

[This article originally appeared at Johnny Holland.] What’s the difference between contracting and consulting? One major difference comes down to whether the job is handwork or brainwork. Whether you’re an “innie” or an “outie,” this is applicable. Innies are UX professionals who work inside an organization. Even though they are part of the company, they […]

Wanted: Amazing Business Intern

We’re looking for an amazing Business Intern for a paid, 4-month internship. Fast Forward Four Months… We’d like to thank you for doing a fantastic job as our 2012 Winter Business Intern. You started with a thorough analysis of the purchasing patterns in our UIE Virtual Seminar series. This led to some amazing insights on […]

Wanted: Amazing Web Developer Intern

We’re looking for an amazing Web Developer Intern for a paid, 4-month internship. Fast Forward Four Months… We’d like to thank you for doing a fantastic job as our 2012 Winter Web Developer Intern. You’ve driven the launch of a new web site for our latest conference. You worked your magical HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript/JQuery […]

Fill Your Portfolio With Stories

On the trail of exploring our next career move, it’s likely we’ll need to show the path we’ve been on. As part of a design team, that usually means displaying our work. However, if we didn’t make proper arrangements before we took the job, it’s very likely we can’t show much of our work to […]

It’s A Great Time To Be A Designer

Right now, it’s a great time to be a designer, particularly a talented one. Everyday, more companies are recognizing the value of design. They are realizing they need to have strong design to compete in the marketplace. They see their competitors, even the small ones that don’t offer as full a feature set, are eating […]

Unlocking The Portfolio Work Product

The other night, I had a conversation that I’ve been having a lot lately. It usually starts like this: “Hi. I’m a designer at [a big deal company] and I’m considering leaving. The problem I have is my employer has made it very clear I can’t use anything I’ve done here in my portfolio. What […]

3 Reasons Why Learning To Code Makes You A Better Designer

[This topic has set off a firestorm of debate. That’s good. You can see my original post here. There have been thoughtful responses from Jennifer Tidwell, Hillel at Jackson Fish Market, Matt Nish-Lapidus, and Michael Angeles. This is my last post on the topic for a little while.] Not every job will require that a […]