Should UX designers have portfolios?

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This point was raised in a recent Slack conversation where we discussed whether UX designers should have portfolios:

When talking about recruiting for UX and asked about portfolios, the speaker said “all that tells me is that you are a UI designer who thinks they know about UX”

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Presentation: Usability testing – Just Do It. Five methods for improving usability in-house

I recently gave an introductory lecture on usability testing to an audience of project and program managers, each in charge of their own team’s online and mobile projects. The lecture was based on these three observations I’ve made in my past work:

  1. All web projects can benefit from usability testing
  2. Most web projects don’t include usability testing, often due to cost or schedule
  3. Basic usability testing is really not that difficult and most professionals can learn how to do it.

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