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Six of the Best UI Design Portfolios

Always look to others for inspiration

UX/UI Design
3 minute read 

Having a stellar portfolio allows you to stand out to prospective clients and employers. Portfolios establish a level of trust by visually displaying your projects and design abilities. Creating your very first portfolio, or even revamping your current one, can be a daunting task. Consider this article as a resource of inspiration for you as you embark on this journey.

Kate Syuma is a product designer at Miro focused on business growth and people leadership. Their website is content focused and straight to the point. The hero content on the page clearly validates Kate’s top skills and calls to action on how these skills were applied in designs. As you start building your portfolio or make updates to the one you have now, complete an audit on what your skills are and if they are effectively showcased in your work. Having a cohesive portfolio that tells a story rather than dumps irrelevant information, already sets you apart from others.

Takeaway #1: Showcase skills in your projects

Lilibeth Bustos Linares is a lead product designer at Nuvocargo and an incredible teacher at Memorisely. She is passionate about creating and improving internal processes while working with multi-disciplinary teams. Lili does a great job showcasing her work and her personality while exuding professionalism. I'd like to direct your focus to the space in Lili’s portfolio where she added a list of credible references. This establishes even more trust between herself and her employers or clients. Perhaps you are just starting and you don’t have a little black book of past clients. Chances are, you can pivot the work you've done to match what you are currently accomplishing. For example, if you have worked in the service industry, you could ask your previous employer to speak about your performance in creating a good experience for a customer. This directly ties into digital user experiences you can create and foster.

Takeaway #2: Include references or referrals from past colleagues

Grace Walker is a Freelance Web Designer and Webflow Professional Partner. She specialises in helping businesses scale and grow. Her portfolio is a great example of using colour and shapes to amplify work. The way she chooses to display her work on Webflow looks effortless and is a portfolio piece in and of itself. Make sure you are catering your portfolio, both the visuals and content, to the position you intend to apply to. Having a balanced meld between the designs you have created and the design of your portfolio can be beneficial.

Takeaway #3: Use colours effectively to amplify your work


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Edward Sudjono is a UI/UX Instagram and TikTok content creator. His Dribbble account showcases dozens of projects that connect to his socials where users can watch him complete the design. He does an excellent job at connecting all of the work he does across many platforms. He does all of this on Dribbble, which is a great resource for designers to connect with other designers and find jobs. If you have a lot of work to showcase and can’t build a full portfolio from scratch, Dribbble could be a great way to get your name out there and have a compilation of your work to show others.

Takeaway #4: Consider using Dribbble for your portfolio to double as a way to find work

Dyniza is another awesome UX Instagram content creator. She specialises in working with startups to create unique user experiences. Her portfolio alone is a unique user experience and is a true testament to the quality of work she creates. Cookie-cutter portfolios have their place, but creating something unique is one of the best ways to set yourself apart from other candidates. Take inspiration from Dyniza in how she disrupts the usual way of engaging with a site.

Takeaway #5: Create a unique user experience

Pascal Strasche is a freelance UI Designer prioritising intuitive digital products and websites. Although on the simpler side, Pascal does a great job of showcasing his most recent work in an easy and digestible way. What Pascal included and could be a point of inspiration for you, is a manifesto, or things that he prioritises in his professional career. He talks about continually learning, researching, collaborating, etc. These all point to his character and ethos as a designer. Consider overall themes in what matters to you in your professional career and find ways to incorporate those into your portfolio.

Takeaway #6: Include a blurb on your work ethic

The best advice I can give you when it comes to designing your portfolio is to ask for feedback. Ask specific questions on what works and what doesn’t work. Your portfolio should change and grow as you advance in your career. Finally, always always always look to others for inspiration.