Using the Double Diamond to redesign my UX portfolio

What I learned after I started to treat it like a UX Design project

first iteration

Or let’s call it the first pancake. We all know that the first pancake is always your tester… and usually not the prettiest. My first attempt at designing my portfolio was a hurdle. As part of a bootcamp, we had a 5-week phase at the end to develop our own personal brand, 3 case studies and a portfolio site. Sounds doable, right? I thought so too. And it is. But it was a hot mess.

design process

Double Diamond diagram showing the phases Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver.

1. discover —

competitive analysis

Eyeing up your competitors and seeing what they’re doing well, what they doing not so great, and assessing if there are any gaps is an important part of research.

sme interviews

Obviously as UX Designers, we can’t forget about our users. And who are our users looking at our portfolio sites? They are Hiring Manager, HR, Directors of Design and Lead Designers.

2. define —

synthesis data

After many conversations, I started to see 3 trends everyone mentioned they look for; Visual/UI Design (yes, even for you UXers), the ability to tell a story, and to be able to read and understand your design process in 1–3 minutes.

portfolio audit

Well good news, I’m not starting from scratch. Even though my case studies aren’t so successful I took a look back and thought about what's good? What’s bad? What’s missing?

3. develop —

design & prototype

First came a few weeks of analysis paralysis. But finally I was able to get over my fears of failure and get designing. I created a new case study for one project using Figma. From there, I prototyped a few interactions (image carousels mainly) and sent it off to a few trusted friends for review. They were able to point out some areas of improvement, like upping my white space.

testing (where i’m currently at)

I then felt confident enough to loop back around to a few of the professionals I did the SME Interviews with and asked if I could have their time again to review my newly designed case studies. This field is filled with amazing people who are always willing to help out and I’m so grateful for that.

4. deliver —

validate new case study layout

After I synthesize the feedback from my 3 tests, I’ll apply any of the changes to my case study. I’ll then move on to apply the layout to my other 2 projects in Figma before applying the changes to my website.

lastly, hit publish!

And hopefully have a gleaming portfolio that no one can say no to ✨

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Phylicia Flynn

Interior Designer transformed into UX/Product Designer. NJ transplant living in the Midwest. Has an affinity for dogs, spicy food and coffee shops.