There have been some interesting discussions about UX resumes recently, and along similar lines, I had some questions about online UX portfolios.
For some time now I have been thinking about putting together an online portfolio that showcases my design work. For the last 3.5 years or so I have been working as a full-time employee in the capacity of an interaction designer for a company that makes great desktop software. (And I plan to continue working there for many more years.) I am quite proud of the work I have done there and would really like to be able to include it in my online portfolio. However, I am never quite sure of what I can and cannot display as my contribution on my personal website.
I understand the obvious restrictions – don’t reveal things that have not been publicly released yet, don’t imply that the product/feature is owned by me, no misrepresentation, no lies etc. etc. But is it okay to display in my portfolio sketches / wireframes / screen captures / videos of the design work I have done for products that have been released to market?
To get my question answered, I went to the legal department in my firm. Here’s what they said: There is no company policy that prevents an employee from uploading pictures videos etc. of stuff that has been already released (with all the obvious restrictions mentioned above). However, they also pointed out that my personal website should not pose a conflict of interest with the company. Now I am left wondering – showcasing my design abilities via an online portfolio – is that a “conflict of interest”? I don’t want to be doing anything unethical, let alone anything illegal!
What do you think? Do you have an online portfolio that showcases your software design work (not web design)? How does your company feel about it? Do you have examples of portfolios like that?