Excellent Portfolios forIxDs(also:doemployerscare about portfolios?)
5 Apr 2007 - 7:36am
8 years ago
There are lots of kinds of designers out there with many skills and many experiences - and likely jobs for each.
Designers that make things pretty are fairly easy to find. Most hiring managers do not bother to go through a portfolio indepth so as to understand the problem/constraints/solution relationship.
Many designers do not think through interaciton models with enough scrutiny - and many are not required to. Picking from an existing pattern library, or replicating the market leader is a fairly simple task. A portfolio will not typically give insight into the depth and originality of the solution.
Optimal - a few case studis that describe the problem with constraints, and the solutions proposed, as well as what was chosen - better yet, have the design presents.
I am guessing that is why many firms now ask candidate to complete a quiz or solve a problem. I can't tell you how many slick portfolios I have looked at, only to find out that the designer set the type or placed content into an html document.
Of course it all depends upon the type of job. I am typically more interested in someone who can think and solve complex visual and interaction problems.