The perspectives, voices, and talent of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) help in delivering experiences that are inclusive, diverse and exemplify design excellence. Lived experiences contribute to your “superpowers” as a creative. Your portfolio is your chance to inspire, and really share your true, authentic self.
You should expect to present your portfolio during the interview process. Using the Problem-Action-Result (PAR) technique will help you prepare and is a common approach for portfolio storytelling; this approach is also known as STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
Here’s an easy playbook to follow when you present your portfolio:
- Tell which project is your favorite and why
- Talk about the team setup, your role, and activity in the project
- Explain what the task was
- Describe your process
- Mention methods and user insights
- Show your solution
- Elaborate on one major design decision
- Showcase the results
- Share your learnings
When presenting your portfolio, remember that first (and last) impressions count. Break up presentation of similar projects, and arrange your presentation so that the most impactful elements of your portfolio are the first and last thing you share.
Each interview will be unique,so it’s great to mentally prepare for questions you may be asked and questions you may want to ask.“Good design is about process, not product.”
— Jared Sinclair
Show the “messy bits” of your design process that lead to the final solution. Think about showing low fidelity prototypes, moving into mid-fidelity prototypes, and finally, high fidelity mock ups.