Hi! I am Ana Sev Mar, a Special ed teacher transitioning careers to UX.
I am building my first UX portfolio, prompted by the Google UX certification.
I am using the website builder Webflow, it is super easy and I am really happy with how the portfolio is coming up.
The main problem is that, with the 'build as you go' I was wasting so much time fixing and trying to see how I want to structure my pages. Moving things around and playing around with the expecifications.
I decided to take a step back and spend some time creating a wireframe with Balsamiq.
It is a really intuitive software and one of the easiest I tried so far. Thanks @Evan Kimbrell for this course, the class was super straight forward, very useful and enjoyable. Watching it at x2 speed allowed me to finish the following 4 screens of my portfolio in an hour.
For the homepage, I was trying to figure out how I want my Nav bar to look like, how I am going to structure the content and how I want to introduce myself.
I don't have any real projects -yet*. This was stopping me to build my portfolio before, but with the wireframe the white space doesn't feel as intimidated anymore. It is something I would build next. And that is okay.
As an introvert (often struggling with the impostor syndrome) 'shelling myself' in the about page is a real challenge.
I want to keep it simple but show a bit of my personality and talk about what I am passionate about in UX.
I would like to record a video introducing myself. Including the captions and transcripts. But I am aware this is a lot of work, so it would most likely be something I would improve after I launched the website.
Following Austin Kleon's advice, I am trying to share my working & learning progress and do it in front of others. As well as I am posting here this wireframes, I am writing small articles in Medium regarding different experiences I have.
As I want my portfolio to allow me get into my first designer job, the contact page is one of the most important ones.
I include a contact form and I provide links to my different profiles.
Somehow, my social media accounts had multiplied in the last month or two. Now, I have accounts in dribbble, behance, clubhouse, few slack groups and linkedin channels, among the designers communities I followed.
I know designers and recruiters could have their preferences, so at the moment I have a profile in almost every platform. And yes, I find a bit hard to manage and adapt the content to each platform.
I'd love to hear your feedback in this Portfolio Wireframe's project and learn more about your thoughts!
Let's get in contact :)