Mockplus is a rapid prototyping tool to make interactive prototypes on mobile, web as well as desktop, which would be a great help for UX/UI designers, software engineers, product managers and developers of any level to visualize their ideas much faster and easier. With the mission to make the complex simple, Mockplus has become a popular design solution for more and more users from the global community. You can join Mockplus Slack Group here.
Portfolio - this is it
Once you’ve created your portfolio, it’s time to unveil it to the world and share the best piece of work you’ve made so far. It’s advisable to put only your best stuff into your portfolio. At the beginning of my journey I badly wanted to work for a web agency. I didn’t have an interesting portfolio so besides other things I showed some pretty awful photomontages (they were so lame that no one ever answered). After a while (and a significant refreshment of my portfolio, of course) I managed to achieve my goal and land a job as a designer.
Working with real projects
So now the real adventure begins. You work for an agency, startup or you are a freelancer. You call yourself a designer. Now’s the time when you have to deal with your own weaknesses for real. The time when you can achieve your biggest successes and commit some spectacular failures, learn how to work with a client and a team, learn how to deal with criticism, get to know new tools and techniques, hone your skills, acquire new ones.
Now with every passing day you will become more defined through your experiences, and you will be making decisions on which path to follow. And now the most important part — never give up, fight for what’s yours and what you believe in, observe other designers’ portfolios, get inspired, work with people better than you, find a guru and practise, practise, practise.
Who not to become
While working as a designer you have to deal with people every day. A lot of them. You work for your client, you graft with your team. You have to understand that no one wants to work with someone who is self-centered, doesn’t care about other people's opinions and does not respect them. Someone like this is not only an awful coworker, but can also have a major issue when it comes to meeting the needs of others. And you have to bear this in mind — meeting the needs of other people by solving the problems is what design is all about.
Some final thoughts
Although you will read hundreds of books, finish several schools and courses, have access to thousands of articles analysing human behavior, never forget that your design has to be driven by the heart. Your intuition is your best friend. Your client is bound to notice that you put some of your heart and soul into the project you just created and that it wasn’t just the result of sterile analysis.
Several helpful links
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