The world of UX/UI design is constantly evolving, even (or perhaps especially), during a global pandemic. The need for skilled UX designers has only increased since the start of the pandemic and the world of alternative and online education has grown to keep up with demand. Now, more than ever, it is essential for new and seasoned designers to keep their learner’s mindset and continually grow their skillset.

Choosing the course that’s right for you

There are a wide variety of learning options available from short, skill-specific courses to immersive bootcamps, each with their own benefits. …

As a UX designer, your portfolio is your business card. It shows what you do, how you do it, and how well you can demonstrate it. For most designers, getting started on your portfolio is the biggest challenge and, for many of us, the best way to jump that hurdle is to get some inspiration from other designers.

Illustration by Lidia Lukianova.

Here, I’ve compiled a shortlist of some UX design portfolios that I found inspiring, along with some tips to help you show off your work in the best way possible.

Building your portfolio: Where to start

The best approach to creating a stunning portfolio is to blend strategy…

Perdue Farms leads the Chefolution by providing a personal, gamified learning platform that helps home-chefs level-up their skills in the kitchen.

Chefolution: A Gamified Skill-Developing Challenge from Perdue Farms

Ironhack- Final Project

Project Scope: Concept for Adaptive Recipe Site

Timeline: 9 Day Design Sprint

Roles: UX/UI Designer

Challenge

In the final days of our cohort, we were presented with the unique opportunity of working with a multi-billion dollar company to create something innovative. Our Lead Teacher had been in communications with a number of different companies in order to bring them on board for our first “real” project. He reached out to Ironhack Alum Kat Alderman, VP of ECommerce at Perdue Farms, to see if she had any projects that could benefit from having multiple…

A Multimedia Festival designed to holistically create connections between Humans through Technology

Ironhack- Project 5

Project Scope: Mobile-First Adaptive Event Microsite

Roles: Co- UX/UI Designer with Milena Mikic-Tyree

Timeline: 4-Day Design Sprint

Design Challenge Brief

Since the 90s, event culture has seen tremendous growth and transformation. As technology has evolved, our interaction with webpages has also changed. It is more imperative than ever that an event site delivers a wow factor on par with the event itself.

For our 5th week at Ironhack, we were presented with this challenge:

Design a microsite with a one year life-cycle for a future event.

The challenge was to design an event microsite, and we did much more than that. As the…

Forge is an online editorial where Tradecraft meets Art to foster cross-disciplinary connections

Ironhack- Project 4

Project Scope: Mobile-First Online Editorial Concept

Timeline: 4 Day Design Sprint

Roles: UX/UI Designer

Challenge

During our fourth design sprint at Ironhack, we worked individually over four days to design a responsive online platform for a magazine, newspaper or blog that would meet the needs and goals of one of the pre-determined User Personas.

This was an exciting project for several reasons. This was the first challenge where we met our Primary User in advance rather than discovering them through research. …

A usability case-study focused on collegiate websites.

About

For this usability case-study I chose to focus on Rice University in Houston, TX.

Located in an urban environment on a 300-acre tree-lined campus, Rice University seizes its advantageous position to pursue pathbreaking research and create innovative collaboration opportunities that contribute to the betterment of our world.

My first impressions after looking over the Rice website landing page was that it’s outdated. The page is long and clunky. What is clear is that Academics come first and the Arts come second. Athletics don’t play any role on the homepage. School colors are represented…

Finding the skeleton beneath an existing structure.

Wireframing isn’t a concept I was particularly familiar with before I learned about Ironhack. I have had the pleasure of being asked to create wireframes in that self-same lack of knowledge and, I assure you, this lesson would have come in handy then. My previous employers wanted to create a new website not quite from scratch. My job was to conceptualize how that would look for us. I spent far too many hours contemplating design, effect, and feel. I skipped the low-fidelity stage and went straight to mid-fidelity. …

Practicing with Sketch tools to create near-exact copies.

Two frames ripe for the cloning.

This assignment was simple: Use Sketch and the skills you have learned to duplicate the above image as closely as possible. I found that this exercise took a lot of concentration. Trying to find the right elements, sizing, and spacing definitely tapped into the perfectionist within. The first time I did this (yes, I ended up having to do this entire build twice) I took quite a bit of time with it. I enjoyed finding the solutions to different design elements and tweaking them to the desired specifications.

Then, something terrible happened…

A practice in manipulating vectors.

A window into our world.

The Kata exercise was all about building on the skills we learned in the first Sketch exercise. This time the instructions left more open to personal customization which really encouraged creativity.

Learning to work with a new creative program.

My introduction to Sketch was fantastic. At first blush the program looks a bit intimidating in the same vein as other graphic design programs. Working with Sketch through this exercise helped to familiarize me with the intricacies of the program. The tools are fairly intuitive though, they take time and practice to become truly comfortable in their use.

Most of the details of this exercise followed along with the specific instructions set out in the learning module. Once the training wheels were off, things started to get interesting. After creating the button…

Kathryn McClure

UX Writer, Workshop Facilitator, and Mentor

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