What comes to your mind when you think about a good UX Writing portfolio! Great project layouts, good write-up, and visuals. Sometimes, we happen to have everything that is required to create a good portfolio, but we get overwhelmed while putting them together. In this article, I’m going to share some thoughts on how to create a great UX writing portfolio and land the best opportunities. If you are new to UX writing, these tips will help you showcase your work efficiently.
What should a UX Writing Portfolio Exhibit?
- About you
- Your projects
- Additional articles related to your projects or in general UX Writing
- Your contact details
Selecting a portfolio format
What is the portfolio format? Well, it’s a platform that you can use to build a portfolio. Choosing a good platform is essential because it is the first thing that recruiters, readers, designers will view and you sure would want to grab their attention. There are various ways to create a portfolio,
The most effective one is creating your own website where you can add all your work and ideas together, also, there is no limitation on the number of articles or pages you can create. You can easily share your website on job portals, social media platform, and email required users.
Another source is creating a profile on a platform like Medium and showcase your work, but there is a drawback to this, firstly there are some limitations on these websites and moreover, they display similar articles related to yours which may divert user attention and drive them away from your page.
Another way is to create a PDF document or PPT’s and share it with users, but this might not be as effective for multiple or large projects.
Creating a short introduction and categorizing your project
Once you have selected the platform that suits your portfolio, you must add a brief intro, many readers like to know a little bit about the author. Your intro should have a short-note about your work, a little bit about yourself and your email address. Do not write a long formal introduction, just flaunt your passion, work, and goals.
You must also categorize your UX writing projects accurately, if you think that some of your work is the best, then put them on top and let your work speak for you.
The next major task is to categorize your content excellently as the bad content approach may confuse readers and drive them away. You need to come up with a plan and an approach to fulfil it.
Following are some of the things to keep in mind while displaying your portfolio contents:
- Always open your projects with the best content that demonstrate how your writing makes a difference for the product. Use short sentences like tag lines.
- Start your projects by defining its scope, the scope of the project must be very clear, so that the readers have a clear understanding about it before they move on further.
- Show readers the approach you have taken to write content for different aspects of your projects.
- Make the scope of the project very clear, so that the readers have a clear understanding of it.
- If applicable, create a before and after section to show how your content and how it helped to enhance the project.
- Your content should be clear, concise, and grammatical error-free.
- Your content should be like a story-telling, everything must be connected.
- Do not use very complex words and jargons.
- Use friendly language. This will have a positive impact on the user’s mind.
- Use minimal approach is writing. Avoid duplication of content.
- Proofread your content multiple times because you don’t want typos and spelling mistakes.
- Share your content with your friends and colleagues and gather their feedback.
Good Content becomes great with added visuals. Visuals help readers to get more clarity on your work and keep their attention on your article intact. Do not put too much content one after another, instead put short paragraphs and good visuals that are related to that content.
This may be the last statement or Paragraph, but it has a lot of impacts. Following are the tips on concluding your project:
- Always end your writing on a positive note.
- Showcase the impact your writing made on your projects.
- Sum up the overall project and give links, if applicable.
- Whatever section and sentence you have written before the conclusion, make sure your conclusion is connected.
- Don’t end your article abruptly.
- Provide your contact details or allow users to comment on your articles.
I hope these tips and tricks will help you build an awesome UX Writing portfolio.