One of the most challenging and fulfilling projects for those new to the UX design field is the creation of the portfolio.

I’ve been a Springboard UX design mentor for a couple of years and the most successful portfolios I’ve seen are ones in which designers take the time to think about how to best share their career journeys and their work in a way that is easy to read and gives the reader insight into who they are as a person, designer, and problem-solver.

A successful UX portfolio doesn’t only contain pretty, high-resolution images of the end product; it provides key insights into your thinking and process.

It needs to be attractive, with a strong visual hierarchy and palette, but it should also be used as a vehicle to illustrate your design process through the use of both images and concise and clear descriptions to support those images.

To land job interviews or freelance gigs, having a portfolio isn’t optional. Hiring managers want to review your portfolio as part of the application process and if you are lucky enough to get an interview, they will expect you to walk them through it. (Yes, you’ll also need a resume; find out more about that here.)

To build a UX design portfolio that stands out to employers, you’ll need to understand your audience, determine how best to tell your unique story, put together strong and informative case studies, and showcase your portfolio the right way.

We’ve created a free, six-lesson course that walks you through this entire process. Sign up here and start creating your UX design portfolio today. And take a look at some of the best UX portfolios from Springboard alumni.