After your hard work on creating your design. Now it is time to showcase your designs to future employers and other designers by creating a case study in your portfolio website. Your case study should include these ten things.
i. Your role in the project
State your role in the project. In the real world, you’ll mention the team members who collaborted on a design project with you and list the role that each of you played in bringing the designs to life. In case of working toward a new certificate like myself, you might want to include design process from begining to end in the case study.
ii. The goal of the project
State the purpose of your project based on your findings from the research.
iii. Your target audience
Describe the users you tried to solve a problem for or help through your design project.
iv. Key challenges or constraints
State the challenges. Some common challenges include things like budget or time constraints.
v. Research conducted
Mention the details of the research study. What research method did you use, and why did you choose it? What issues did the data reveal that led you into the study? How did the research study look?
vi. Initial concepts or design strategy
Outline your design process and the decisions you made that contributed to that design. This is a good place to back your decisions with data from any research findings or results of a usablity study that informed your design thinking.
vii. Your sketches or wireframes
Show visuals of your design. This includes paper sketches, wireframes, and low-fidelity prototypes of your design.
viii. Results of any user testing
Discuss the results of user testing. At this point, you want to help others understand why the issues occured and what the usability tests showed as a result. In other words, what did you learn?
ix. Your final polished designs
Showcase your design. You’ll include a mockup or high-fidelity prototype of your design here to wow your audience.
State your conclusion and possible next steps. This is your chance to talk about what you learned throughout the design process and to touch on the future direction for the product or possible iterations.
To learn more about adding a case study to your portfolio website
Here a few extra reading how you’re going to prepare your case study:
- This article from a designer breaks down their design process into a case study for inclusion into a portfolio: Trip Tribe: A tale of UX auditing and designing through gifs
- How to write a UX case study from InVision.
- Case Study Template and Example from Adobe XD.