How to Create Award-Winning UX Portfolios and Case Studies

As UX professionals, we all struggle with how to represent and describe our work to hiring managers and others. For many UX roles in hiring, graduate admissions and for digital awards, the emphasis is increasingly on showing an effective and compelling portfolio comprised of stellar case studies of individual projects. But what exactly should go into a UX case study? How do you best showcase a project? And what if you’ve created something really great and want to share it with the world?

On April 30th, UXPA DC hosted an event at nclud where Beverly May joined Lisa Battle, Nicole Dingess, and Christy Mylks to discuss how to create winning UX case studies as part of a standout UX portfolio. The case studies presented can be used to get a better job, get into a fabulous grad program or win international Awards and gain broad acclaim for your work.

From left to right: Nicole Dingess, Director of User Experience at NavigationArts; Christy Mylks, UX Researcher & Usability SME Independent Consultant; Lisa Battle, Principal Consultant at Design for Context; and Beverly May, Founder of Oxford Tech + UX and the UX Awards.

From left to right: Nicole Dingess, Director of User Experience at NavigationArts; Christy Mylks, UX Researcher & Usability SME, Independent Consultant; Lisa Battle, Principal Consultant at Design for Context; and Beverly May, Founder of Oxford Tech + UX and the UX Awards.

During the first half of the event Beverly May discussed the UX Awards– the premier international awards for exceptional digital experience, which is now in its fourth year. In preparation for the UX Awards submission opening, she focused on what the awards are, the submission process and what makes an exceptional submission case study. Great case study submissions for the Awards are also great case studies for your or your company’s portfolio!  Click the link below to see a slideshow of the presentation:

UX Awards: Overview, Winning Submissions & Great Case Studies that Tell Stories

The second half of the event discussed broader needs around UX portfolios and hiring in the context of UX portfolio case studies. Lisa Battle, Nicole Dingess, and Christy Mylks joined the conversation to discuss UX hiring, portfolios and case studies that are effective and that cover the full range of UX process- research, strategy, defining the audience, testing, mockups, prototypes, design and implementation. The panel focused on how to create great UX case studies for various scenarios and types of projects that are sure to showcase your work in the best light and get noticed.

How to Create Award-Winning UX Portfolios and Case Studies by beverly May from UXPA DC on Vimeo.

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