Portfolio Decks: Yay or Nay?

over 4 years ago from Du Hoang, UX/UI Designer

  • Fred ZawFred Zaw, over 4 years ago

    I always send along my portfolio website with my resume. The website contains longer form case studies in the style of blog posts, but also some projects that are lighter on content.

    When I am asked to come in for a presentation, I present my portfolio as a deck where the stories may be tweaked a bit to suit the format.

    I always thought though that this was the proper way to present work because case studies on websites are often just too wordy for a good presentation. My assumption was that this is how most designers did it, but I could be wrong.

    5 points
    • Du HoangDu Hoang, over 4 years ago

      When I'm onsite for an interview. Usually they request a deep dive into one or two projects, instead of presenting my portfolio again, since they have already seen it. This has been my experience through out my career.

      2 points
    • Darren Krape, over 4 years ago

      This is my experience, both from interviewing other designers and applying for roles myself.

      When I'm applying for roles, I certainly like having a prepared portfolio desk to go through for several reasons: It helps guide the conversation better than going through a less structured website, I can focus attention much more strongly on specific elements/screens/points, and (importantly) it works offline and is very reliable across computers, connections, etc.

      When I'm involved in hiring, I generally find designers that have spent the time to do a dedicated deck have a better portfolio review for the reasons I noted above.

      Of course, these tools will suit different people in different ways, so I certainly don't think my approach is the only, or even best.

      0 points