Description of the event:
Peer-to-peer portfolio review for User Experience (UX) is an invaluable practice for aspiring and experienced designers alike. This new series of events will provide fun dynamics to offer and receive positive portfolio feedback to elevate the quality of opportunities for committed members of the community.
Session Agenda: (TBD)
5 minutes - Community introduction
10 minutes - Explanation of the dynamic and expectations.
20 minutes - First round of feedback (10 minutes per person)
20 minutes - Second round of feedback (10 minutes per person)
5 minutes - Event conclusion
Event dynamic during feedback session:
The expectation is to set up 1:1 conversations with peers in separate breakout rooms. Each peer will have 10 minutes to review the other’s portfolio before switching. At the end of the 20-minute mark, a second round of 1:1 feedback sessions will automatically start with a new randomized set of reviewers. An odd designer in a room could be assigned to a group of 3, or the facilitator could join the breakout room as a reviewer.
Here are some tips on how to conduct a peer review for UX portfolios and how to provide feedback effectively:
Recommendations for a practical Peer review session:
Bring something to review:
It might be hard to show work progress, but that is precisely the idea. We aim to create a safe space for productive conversations, which can only happen if something is presented.
Set Clear Objectives:
Before you begin the review, you should set clear objectives and expectations for your peer. Could you determine what aspects of the portfolio you will focus on, such as the user interface, information architecture, interaction design, or research methods.
Provide and consider the context in which the design work was done. Understand the project's goals, constraints, and target audience. This context will help you provide feedback that is relevant and realistic for you.
Be precise with your language.:
Provide a logical argument for your feedback. Try to go beyond “good”, “bad” or “OK”, and explore the correct vocabulary to support a structured approach that ensures a comprehensive assessment.
Empathize, empathize, empathize :
UX design is not only about empathizing with users. Feedback is meant to empower and elevate your fellow designers and teammates. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their thought process, challenges, and creative solutions.
Potential starting date: December, 12 PM MST
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