How to Create a UX Portfolio

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How this course will help your career

What you will learn

  • What you should include in your UX portfolio to land your dream job
  • How to create your UX portfolio from scratch—even if you don’t have any prior experience in UX design
  • Which UX tools you need to create your portfolio, and how to use them
  • How to craft compelling UX case studies that tell a story and motivate recruiters to invite you for job interviews
  • The difference between an online and a PDF UX portfolio, as well as how to create both types
  • How to craft a stand-out resume and cover letter tailored towards UX jobs
  • How to make full use of your UX portfolio to land a job in UX design and progress in your UX career

Did you know the average UX recruiter spends less than 5 minutes skimming through your UX portfolio? If you want to join the growing and well-paid field of UX design, not only do you need a UX portfolio—you’ll need a great UX portfolio that showcases relevant skills and knowledge. Your UX portfolio will help you get your first job interviews and freelance clients, and it will also force you to stay relevant in your UX career. In other words, no matter what point you’re at in your UX career, you’re going to need a UX portfolio that’s in tip-top condition.

So, how do you build an enticing UX portfolio, especially if you’ve got no prior experience in UX design? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this course! You’ll cover everything so you can start from zero and end up with an incredible UX portfolio. For example, you’ll walk through the various UX job roles, since you can’t begin to create your portfolio without first understanding which job role you want to apply for! You’ll also learn how to create your first case studies for your portfolio even if you have no prior UX design work experience. You’ll even learn how to navigate non-disclosure agreements and create visuals for your UX case studies.

By the end of this practical, how to oriented course, you’ll have the skills needed to create your personal online UX portfolio site and PDF UX portfolio. You’ll receive tips and insights from recruiters and global UX design leads from SAP, Oracle and Google to give you an edge over your fellow candidates. You’ll learn how to craft your UX case studies so they’re compelling and relevant, and you’ll also learn how to engage recruiters through the use of Freytag’s dramatic structure and 8 killer tips to write effectively. What’s more, you’ll get to download and keep more than 10 useful templates and samples that will guide you closely as you craft your UX portfolio. To sum it up, if you want to create a UX portfolio and land your first job in the industry, this is the course for you!

Gain an industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

Course Certificate

Our courses and Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders, who have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

Centure, Adobe, GE, IBM, Philips and SAP

Is this course right for you?

This is a beginner-level course suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career in UX design:

  • UX designers, product designers, visual designers, UX researchers, content strategists and UI designers looking to build effective UX portfolios and land their next job in UX design
  • Anyone aspiring to transition into a career in the field of UX design
  • Students keen to build their first UX portfolio
  • Junior to mid-level UX designers who want to progress faster in their career by enhancing their portfolio

Learn and work with a global community of designers

You’ll join a global community and work together to improve your skills and career opportunities. Connect with helpful peers and make friends with like-minded individuals as you push deeper into the exciting and booming industry of design.

Lessons in this course

  • Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week.
  • Lessons remain open for you forever and have no deadlines.
  • There is no time limit to finish a course.
  • You have permanent access to your course material, answers, and classmates for the entire duration of your membership.
  • Estimated time to complete: 5 hours 37 mins spread over 3 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 41 mins.

  • 0.1: Welcome and Introduction—How to Create a UX Portfolio (3 mins)
  • 0.2: An introduction to IDF courses (14 mins)
  • 0.3: Let our community help you (1 min)
  • 0.4: How to earn your Course Certificate (4 mins)
  • 0.5: Expand your network and grow your skills in our online forums (5 mins)
  • 0.6: Meet and learn from design professionals in your area (1 min)
  • 0.7: Gain Timeless Knowledge Through IDF Courses (10 mins)
  • 0.8: Mandatory lessons vs. Optional lessons (2 mins)
  • 0.9: A mix between video-based and text-based lesson content (2 mins)

Lesson 1: What is a UX design portfolio

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 29 mins.

  • 1.1: Welcome and Introduction (2 mins)
  • 1.2: What is a UX Portfolio? (12 mins)
  • 1.3: 3 Reasons Why You Should Have a UX Design Portfolio (7 mins)
  • 1.4: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding UX Roles and Which One You Should Go For (21 mins)
  • 1.5: How to Create Case Studies for Your UX Design Portfolio When You Have No Past Projects and Experience (13 mins)
  • 1.6: UX Tools Matter Less Than You Think (10 mins)
  • 1.7: What UX Tools Do I Need to Create My Portfolio, and How Do I Learn Them? (16 mins)
  • 1.8: Discussion Forum (5 mins)
  • 1.9: Congratulations and Recap (2 mins)

Lesson 2: How to create the perfect UX case studies through storytelling

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 8 mins.

  • 2.1: ​Welcome and Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2.2: How to Write Great Case Studies for Your UX Design Portfolio (10 mins)
  • 2.3: 8 Writing Tips to Supercharge the Quality of Your UX Work (20 mins)
  • 2.4: How to Create Effective UX Case Studies with Aristotle’s 7 Elements of Storytelling (11 mins)
  • 2.5: How to Create Engaging UX Case Studies with Freytag’s 5-Part Dramatic Structure (7 mins)
  • 2.6: How to Write the Perfect Introduction to Your UX Case Study (13 mins)
  • 2.7: How to Write the Perfect Middle Part of Your UX Case Study (11 mins)
  • 2.8: How to Write the Perfect Conclusion to Your UX Case Study (10 mins)
  • 2.9: How to Handle Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) When You Write Your UX Case Study (9 mins)
  • 2.10: How to Create Visuals for Your UX Case Study (15 mins)
  • 2.11: How IDF Courses Can Help You Create Great UX Case Studies for Your Portfolio (10 mins)
  • 2.12: Discussion Forum (5 mins)
  • 2.13: Congratulations and Recap (3 mins)

Lesson 3: How to create your UX design portfolio

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 19 mins.

  • 3.1: Welcome and Introduction (2 mins)
  • 3.2: What Should a UX Design Portfolio Contain? (9 mins)
  • 3.3: 4 Good and 1 Bad UX Design Portfolio You Can Learn From (12 mins)
  • 3.4: Should You Create an Online or PDF UX Design Portfolio? (9 mins)
  • 3.5: How to Create an Online UX Design Portfolio (12 mins)
  • 3.6: How to Create a PDF UX Design Portfolio (9 mins)
  • 3.7: How to Create the Perfect UX Resume and Cover Letter (11 mins)
  • 3.8: How to Make Full Use of Your UX Design Portfolio (6 mins)
  • 3.9: Discussion Forum (5 mins)
  • 3.10: Congratulations and Recap (3 mins)

Lesson 4: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

To be scheduled.

  • 4.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

How others have benefited

Alecia Mitchell

Alecia Mitchell, United States

“This course is perfect and instrumental for me to start my UX portfolio. I’m so happy you are offering this now, since I have already completed the 3 main courses that will help me develop my portfolio, now I can focus on them again and make my case studies with a definitive guideline.”

Nicena Fontaine

Nicena Fontaine, United States

“I can’t say enough how grateful I am for this portfolio class. Before this class, I spent a lot of time trying to backwards engineer the writing styles and structure from portfolios that I found, which were by students and experts. Now I have a reference point for how to present and write my portfolio content, and a greater understanding of why’s behind portfolio design decisions. Thank you! I’m excited that I can take this information and move forward with working on portfolio projects, knowing that I have the tools to present these projects in their best light.”

Sylvia Ho

Sylvia Ho, United States

“This is a useful course for me. I used to follow the STAR framework to write up my case studies. Now I think the structure this course introduced is better! The course’s structure is excellent. Very well-organized and every step is explained well.”

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Frequently asked questions

I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

Don't worry if you missed the course. We will re-run it shortly. One of the reasons we continually open and close courses is to be able to control the classroom size.

Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit longer). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

Can I take more than one course at a time?
Yes, you can take as many courses as you would like. For example, if there are 30 active courses, you can enroll in all 30 courses at the same time and move from one to the other as you please.

There are no further charges once you have paid for your membership.

Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of two courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take as many courses as you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time. Please note that if you drop a course, progress is not transferable between cycles. So, you'll have to redo the lessons and answers you already completed in the current cycle. 
Do I have to be online at an exact time to study?

No. You can set your own study schedule. There are no "live sessions" or "webinars" since our members are from all timezones around the world. We are a truly global community – with members in every single corner of the world.

Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Every "classroom" in each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (as well as your own answers).

Will I receive a Course Certificate?

Yes. Every time you complete a course, you get an industry-recognized Course Certificate. There is no limit to how many Course Certificates you can earn during your membership. You will also receive a 3-step guide on how to include your Course Certificate on LinkedIn and in your résumé/CV.

You can see an example of a Course Certificate at the bottom of the Course Catalogue.

I have answered questions in a lesson; when will they be marked/graded?
We do the marking/grading in so-called "sprints," where we sit down and do all the marking/grading in one go. Your answers will be graded approximately two weeks after you submit your work. 
We do this because it is much more efficient than doing one little step every day. It's part of our lean/agile work philosophy, and that approach to efficiency is one of the factors that keeps our membership prices so incredibly low.
We are doing it to save you money and as part of our mission to lower the cost of high-quality design education.
I have updated my name, but my course certificate is not updated — how can I change it?
Once you update your name, the certificate will be updated automatically in the next 48 hours. 
I have started the course/lesson later than the specified date, are my answers still going to be marked?

We will be marking answers for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only person taking a lesson at that particular time, your answers will still be marked.

How are courses graded?

Open-ended questions are graded by our experts and course instructors - not by machines.

That's one of the reasons why our Course Certificates are credible and recognized by industry leaders.

I started a course after the official start date; for how long will I have access to the course materials?

Regardless of when you have enrolled on a course, you will have access to the course materials for the entire duration of your membership. So, if you pay for a one-year membership, you will have access for one year, renewing your membership for a second year means you will have access for two years, and so on.

New lessons are starting before I have had the chance to complete all aspects of the previous lesson(s); am I going to be locked out of these unfinished lessons?

No, you will not be locked out of any lesson or course. You will have access to all course materials throughout your membership, so there is no pressure to keep at the same pace as the specified lesson release dates.

All we recommend is that you try to stick to the same schedule as other participants. The reason is they may have moved on to other lessons, thereby meaning you could miss out on the social aspects of the course(s). However, we anticipate that there will be a constant flow of participants working through different lessons and courses, so overall you are unlikely to miss out. We will also be running all courses again — so there really is no rush.

Are course certificates awarded on a specific date?

No; you can generate your certificate as soon as you attain at least 70% of the total course points.

When will I receive my Course Certificate?

Course certificates will be given to participants when they have scored more than 70% or more of the total course points. For example, if a course contains ten lessons each with ten questions, you will receive a course certificate when the instructor has awarded you at least 70 points (70% of the total course points).

There is no specified time that certificates will be awarded — instead, they are given to participants as and when they have answered all questions, even if this is long after the official end date.

How do I add my Course Certificate to my LinkedIn profile?

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your IDF course(s) to your LinkedIn profile:

  1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
  2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.

  3. In the following fields add:
    • Name – Course name
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date written on your certificate (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your course page

  4. Click on the save button.

Congratulate yourself!
You’ve made a great accomplishment by earning your course certificate, and now the world knows about it!

How do I add the IDF Membership Certificate to my LinkedIn Profile?

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your IDF membership certificate to your LinkedIn profile:

  1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
  2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.

  3. In the following fields add:
    • Name – Membership Certificate
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date when you joined our community (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your profile page
  4. Click on the save button.

It is as simple as that. Now, anyone who visits your profile can see your certificate!

How much will I have to pay for the courses?

As a member, you can take as many courses as you want with no additional costs. This means you only have to pay our membership fee to take an unlimited number of courses. There will be no further charges on top of the membership fee, no matter how many courses you decide to take.

Do you provide mostly beginners' or more advanced courses?

We provide courses for all levels of mastery and accross the full spectrum. If you’re new to design, you can start from our beginner courses and progress all the way up to our advanced ones. If you’re an established designer, on the other hand, you will find some of our lower-level courses provide a good refresher—and the advanced ones, a bit of a challenge.

How long does it take to complete a course?

Once enrolled in a course, you will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines and no end date, either.