I was speaking to an entrepreneur the other day when he mentioned he was looking for a “creative director with UX skills.” He added,”…someone whose aesthetic I really like.” I responded ,”Good luck.”
“Can they draw straight lines?”
That’s what my boss asks me each time I meet a new UX Design candidate.
I’ve interviewed a lot of UX Designers over the past two years. Inevitably (and at my request in most cases) we end up going through some of their past deliverables. Whether it’s in a book or an online portfolio, a series of wireframes is typically shown along with some kind of flow diagram, perhaps an old spec or a use case template as well. What I’ve found from these hours of interviews is that, for UX Designers, an online portfolio is overrated and rarely useful.