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What Kind of Interaction Design Portfolios Do Interviewers Want to See

Recently, I have experienced lots of interactive design interviews. It made me profoundly realize that the company's requirements for interaction designer vary depending on the scale of companies. And each company pays different attention to the interaction design portfolio. So I’ve been keeping thinking after my interviews. What kind of interactive design portfolio does an interviewer want to see? And in which way portfolios should be displayed? Here I'd like to introduce 5 elements of portfolios and how to well prepare it from my own interview experience.
Five elements of portfolios
1. Actual project capabilities. The companies lay more emphasis on your actual project capabilities. Although I prepared a dozen of interaction design portfolios for my interviews. To my surprise, some companies would rather let me give a detailed introduction of a project that I have participated in than see my portfolios. The interviewer didn't even see any other of my projects, not to men…

How to Do Fast Prototyping Manufacturing? Choose a Right Tool First!

What tools should be chosen to fast prototyping manufacturing has long been a subject of debate. The only option was Visio in the earlier time; now some other tools, such as Axure, Mockplus, OmniGraffle and Adobe Creative Suite, are increasingly flourishing and influential; moreover, we designers also have a lot of choices in different segments, such as Balsamiq, Lucidchart, Google Drive and other online tools, as well as XMind, Mindmanager, MindNode and other mindmap tools. So which is the best prototyping tool?
In the process of practical usage, due to different specific project phases, platform characteristics and audiences, no tools gets the unanimous approval of the designers, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Based on my personal experience, I made a comparison among several common tools.
Here is a detailed description of the pros and cons of each software.

The capability to use Photoshop is regarded as one of the designer's special skills…

6 Key Design Steps in Responsive Web Design Workflow in 2017

95 percent of the web design workflows process are as follows: First, planning; second, wireframing and prototyping; third, designing and developing, where the front and back-end developers show their skills; finally, content filling.
What has changed?

Unfortunately, this web design workflow doesn’t work anymore. Why? Because there are more and more new devices. There are no longer the standard sizes of desktop, tablet and smartphone; Android alone has over 24,000 devices. A website should be available on a wide range of devices, from the screens of Tesla cars, which can hardly be afforded by the majority at the moment, to smartwatches or fitness trackers. 
Content first: modern web design workflow
It makes no sense to show or hide certain contents according to breakpoints, simply because the terminal is not available. What is now being talked about: content first, because it determines the concept and design in the end. In best responsive web design, it should be clarified in advanc…

12 UX Designer Interview Questions to Help You Pass the Interview

Here are several typical UX designer interview questions. You are suggested to read them carefully and make advance preparation if you want to pass your interview successfully.
In addition, please pay special attention that there isn't only one absolutely correct answer to any question. Whatever question you are faced with, you can speak out your point of view combined with the experience from the actual projects you have made before. So let’s read the following UX design interview questions and answers.
1. What do you think of interaction design and user experience? What’re the differences between the two?
If the interviewer asks you this kind of UX designer interview questions, he/she doesn’t intend to test your memory but your understanding of basic concepts. Therefore, you should speak out your own understanding but not cram up the definitions from books.
2. What do you think is the core of interaction design? Please recall all of your designs and think about the common goals…

You Want to Be an UX Freelance? Ask Yourself Five Questions

To be an UX freelance, many aspects are involved: self-discipline ability, working environment, business source, cooperative partner, pressure, UX design skills and other professional skill, etc. These problems also exist in most freelance work. How to solve these problems depends on yourself.
Most of UX designers and developers must have considered being a freelancer. You may have tried it many times and failed many times; you may insist till now; you may be now on the right track as a freelancer with freedom. Faced with harsh social realities, we designers may yearn for a freelance work that is free of time, money, and travel. Countless designers are on the way to freelance work, and I used to be and may also be in the future. Freelance work can bring you many benefits a company can’t give. However, it is not as easy as you think. You may be faced with a lot of difficulties and hence you must deliberate it. Here are five questions for you to think about before you decide to go free…

10 Inspiring Examples of the Best Responsive Web Design in 2017

We live in a time when we not only use computers but also use mobile phones, tablet PCs and laptops to surf the internet. The product range of mobile devices is growing year by year. This is the reason why so-called responsive website design plays and will play an important role.
Since Ethan Marotte introduced the term in 2010 for the first time, the development is on an upward trend. With the popularization of mobile Internet, the need of responsive web design is also increasing, responsive design is failing mobile UX.
As the name indicates, the design of these pages is responsive. Thus, it changes according to the characteristics of the terminals, such as the screen sizes. There is only one website for all devices. The design is no longer static - the arrangement and presentation of the individual elements such as bottom navigations, bars and images are variable. It makes the optimized display on each terminal and device-independent communication possible.
The technical standards o…

How to Use User Scenario to Create Great UX Design

What is user scenario?

In computing, scenario is a narrative of foreseeable interactions of user roles and the technical system(Wikipedia). In my point of view, user scenario is a ux design approach in which there are stages, roles, actions, time-space dimensions and varies logical relations. All of these combine to create a visualized interaction for users and help them to get a brief understanding of a product. Good scenario in your UX design can systematically “connect the dots” of your product and help users experience the integrity in the interaction process.
Why does user scenario help a lot? What makes a great product different from the merely good ones is that it provides users with an idea to be understood and learned. The idea rooted in users’ brain will guide them to invest their emotions. Users usually gradually get to know a product by five phases: acquainting, comparing, purchasing, using, sharing. In each phase, products with scenario stand out for their natural psycho…