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6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing for a UX Portfolio Review

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<p class="author">By <a href="https://www.uxmatters.com/authors/archives/2021/09/keith_sealy.php">Keith Sealy</a></p>

<p>A <em>portfolio review</em> is a review of your body of work as a UX designer and a demonstration of your presentation skills and your ability to identify what is important to your audience. The process starts with preparing your work artifacts and planning what to say and how to say it—long before the portfolio review ever happens. This article details my process when preparing to present my own portfolio and what I look for in job candidates during such reviews.</p>
<h2>Question 1: What is the problem the design is trying to solve?</h2>
<p>When you’re discussing a design during a portfolio review or an interview, the first thing many interviewers look for is whether the problem you’re trying to solve is well defined. But candidates often present business goals as the problem—such as <em>This project was a reskin</em>—or personal goals—such as <em>This was a class assignment</em>. Or they completely skip over the problem and go right to the solution. Every good design starts with a clear vision of the problem you’re solving, so any discussion of a project should start with a clear problem statement. If you do <em>not</em> clearly articulate the problem, your audience won’t be able understand the purpose of the design, and they won’t be confident in your abilities as a UX designer. <a href="https://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2021/09/6-questions-to-ask-yourself-when-preparing-for-a-ux-portfolio-review.php" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></p>