Our mission from day 1 has been to help designers build their design career. Part of that mission means offering a comprehensive and professional design profile where we can show off our skills.
Here's some tips for building your profile, and we'll continue to add new resources weekly.
Creating your cover image
The cover image for your Uxcel profile is a chance to show off your design skills and style. Taking a bit of time to craft a custom cover can help employers and other designers get a sense of who you are as a designer, what your skills are, and how you approach design in general.
Single image or collage?
It can be tough to decide whether to use a single image from a project or a collage of multiple project images. There’s no right or wrong answer here. One thing to consider, though, is whether you can create a collage that’s visually cohesive with the projects you have in your portfolio. If not, better to stick to just a single image (and remember, you can change it as often as you’d like!).
That said, you don’t have to use images from projects you’ve worked on in the past. You can create something completely custom for your cover image. Just consider how to best show your design style and approach, as well as your personality.
Use images that represent you
Your cover image should showcase your best work. That’s true whether you’re using images from projects you’ve completed or creating something entirely custom for your cover. Make sure that it shows of your design approach, design skills, and the aesthetic you prefer.
Unique cover image ideas
You don’t have to show your design work in your cover image. Maybe you have a particularly impressive desk set up you’d like to showcase. Or maybe you have a particularly visually-appealing hobby you’d like to showcase. It’s important that you keep your cover image professional if you want to attract potential employers, but if you can show them another aspect to your personality in a way that’s more visually appealing, go for it!
Writing a Great Summary
The summary section of your profile can be intimidating for some designers. After all, you’re used to expressing yourself visually, not necessarily in writing. While this section can feel less important than your portfolio, pitch video, or cover image, it’s still a vital part of your professional profile.
Think of it like a cover letter
When applying for a design job, you’ve likely had to write cover letters. Your summary is similar. It should give a brief overview of your professional achievements, what you’re looking for, and what you can offer to potential employers.
Show your personality
Your summary is also a great place to showcase your personality. Make it conversational and show the people reading it who you are. Keep it professional, but that doesn’t have to equate with boring. And keep in mind who your ideal employer is. If it’s a large corporation with a more formal and traditional workplace, write your summary to mirror that. If you’d rather work for a startup that’s constantly changing and more laid back, mirror that instead.
Keep it short
No one wants to (or will) read an 800-word summary of your experience and skills. Keep your summary short, 1-3 paragraphs of no more than 4-5 lines each is plenty.
Make sure you read and re-read your summary to check for grammatical errors and typos. Read it out loud to yourself or get a friend or colleague to read it for you. And here’s a tip: when looking for typos or grammar issues, read your summary backward, one sentence at a time, from end to beginning. Your less likely to overlook issues that way, as your brain isn’t filling in what it thinks should be there rather than what actually is.