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Something else to do
- Draw a map of every part of the world
Things to keep in mind with consumers
- animations improve drop off rates by communicating instructions
- users who ask for available functionality show confusion areas
- if people are leaving the product, it’s because they’re frustrated
- users have 1 goal when using a product, so make it apparent
- the working memory of a user is very limited and volatile, things can be easily forgotten. Clues like colored links help remind them.
- at a maximum, provide 3-4 options when asking for a choice
- too much choice leads to paralysis rather than leading to what you want
- with a good ui/ux, nobody should ever have to read instructions
- always make sure users know where they are, how they got there, how to go back, and how to proceed
- make sure you give users an incentive to keep coming back
Thanks for all the great emails and questions about putting a portfolio together. I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out. I’ve derived the content from from my own experience and internships before having a full-time job. As you’ll read, a portfolio is the most important thing you’ll do when applying to a job. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible.
These are the first five pages in a series of posts about how to layout a portfolio, including content, images, size, material and everything in between. Part I is for the artist still deciding what to do for a discipline. I’ve catered the last three pages to a visual development portfolio for animation but the principles can be applied to any artistic presentation (illustration, design, even interior design).
These are my opinions and I realize there are many ideas out there which are also fantastic. What I have written are simple truths and tips I’ve learned along the way. This doesn’t represent a studio I work or will work for. I hope it is helpful and can provide some perspective into a competitive portfolio and help you land your next job!
What to do as an intern this summer
- market research: competitive analysis of ~15 companies, including client roster, unit count, feature set, pricing, etc
- include feature-focused detailed analysis of ~5 closest competitors
- parters research: partnership overview including loyalty programs, POS, payments, etc
- include feature-focused detailed analysis of ~5 best prospective partners
- think of new ideas for how company can move forward in a way it is not currently trying to
Third news genius project - senator leahy’s statement on tabling patent legislation
Things to do every day
- draw something someone else drew
- draw something from real life
- draw something original
- make an annotation on rap genius
- read an article
- write a blog post
- walk outside, at least a few blocks
- that sounds like enough for now
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