CAPSTONE: Your Final Portfolio

Module: Career Development | Level: Hard | Estimated Time: 4-5 days Skills: Portfolios, Visual Design Basics, UX / Interactive Design, UI / Product Design

Overview

From typography to user research and prototypes, you’ve spent hours sharpening your skills. Now, it’s time to present your designs in one marketable package. In the final capstone, you’ll create a digital portfolio that showcases your best work and expresses your personality as a designer.

Focus on these three elements while creating your portfolio:

  1. Diversity
  2. Visual Process
  3. Personality

Diversity

Your portfolio as a whole should demonstrate versatility. When deciding which designs to feature, we suggest including at least one project from each Product Design module (Visual Design Basics, UX / Interaction Design, UI / Product Design) to represent a variety of work.

Remember, your portfolio only needs to include a few projects, so choose designs thoughtfully. Capstone projects are a good bet, although you don’t have to include them.

Visual Process

Present projects as easy-to-digest case studies. Show the scope, strategy, and impact of your designs, not just the final deliverables. Include information like:

  • Context. Your overall goal, the problems you wanted to solve, and any constraints.

  • Contribution. Your role on the project and whether you worked with anyone else.

  • Process & Solution. Document your work from start to finish with research, sketches, wireframes, prototypes, etc. Explain the ideas you explored and the strategy behind your approach each step of the way. When possible, add interactivity with a working prototype, video, live demo, etc.

  • Success. Share any metrics showing that your project’s impact.

  • Reflection. Consider what you could have done differently.

Case stories should illustrate your process as clearly as possible. Include infographics, charts, diagrams, user flows, graphics, and other visual aids—anything that helps potential employers understand your process. If your case study gets too long, consider which explanations could be simplified.

Lastly, don’t feel limited to past deliverables. It’s normal to revisit projects and create new visual documentation to explain your work in the best way, and you can make visual aids specifically for this portfolio.

Personality

Don’t just show off your work—tell your story. Your case studies should show potential employers your thought process, design philosophy, and why you wanted to work on those projects. Include an “About” section that describes who you are as a designer. Further personalize your capstone with writing, branding, and the design of the portfolio itself.


Deliverables

Create a digital portfolio that features an “About” section and a handful of your design projects as case studies.

You can present your portfolio as a personal website, blog posts (e.g., Medium), or a PDF. Website builders like Squarespace, Wordpress, Weeby, and Wix offer portfolio templates.

You can also upload your work on communities like Dribbble and Behance, but we don’t recommend them for your capstone, as it’s harder to provide context and show in-progress work.

Lastly, if you have non-Mavericks work you’d like to showcase in your portfolio, you may add them in you like. However, we recommend that you first get feedback on your portfolio with Mavericks projects only. This way, you can use that feedback to iterate on the best format to adapt for other works you’d like to add to your portfolio later on. What matters is that your final portfolio is compelling, diverse, and ready to present to potential employers.


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