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    Some Essential Steps to Creating a Spectacular UX Case Study!

    19 January 2021

    Every UX designer knows how important it is to write impressive case studies on their design projects. Especially when it comes to creating case studies for portfolios, it can get overwhelming with so many examples from top designers. 

    While striking works by the top designers can be inspiring, they can often get intimidating for many of us. The most basic and straightforward format can help you build a perfect case study. The combination of excellent storytelling and the perfect structure with clarity and simplicity is the core of the most effective case study. 

    For beginner UX designers, the idea of creating a case study can be frightening. We decided to create a guideline of steps that may help you write the perfect case study for our portfolio. 

    Overview

    Writing an overview at the beginning of the case study allows you to demonstrate your involvement in the project. Three or four lines of a summary of the project are perfect to start the case stud with. Although you might want to wait till the whole case study is done to write those first few lines of summary, so you don’t miss the important points. 

    Another important aspect to mention in the overview is your role in the project. Let the people know about your contribution and the effort you have put. It will help future employers to know more about your experience and knowledge. 

    Problem and the Goal

    What is your inspiration behind the project you took on? What problems do you intend to solve by designing this project? Briefly articulating the problems and issues that are the motivation behind the project should help you tell the story more efficiently. 

    Once you have stated the problems, it is time to identify the goals of the project. How have you intended to solve the problems? How do you plan to implement them? Be comprehensive with the details. 

    Scope

    This part is the place where you can demonstrate your project management skill. Defining the project scope is an opportunity to tell the story of the project in more detail. If you only played a small part in the project, identifying your scope of the project with how you managed our part is also a great option. 

    Target Audience

    Define our target audience. What type of people are they? How do the problems affect them? And what are your findings on them? Provide as much information as you can about your audience but in a few words. You can either put on as much information as you have about them along with the things you have learned during the design process. Or you can share what you know in the process section. 

    Process

    This portion is your opportunity to show off your UX skills. Mention all the steps you took during the process, wh and how you did them, and the value of these steps to the project. You can also share the decisions that you made, some of the ideas you presented that did not make the final cut. It is an opportunity to show our approach and contributions to the project. 

    Here are some of the step that you can mention: 

    • User Research
    • User Journey Mapping
    • Wireframes
    • Prototypes
    • UI Design
    • User Testing
    • Accessibility testing

    Deliverable and the Outcome

    Now that you have completed all the steps, it is time to show the outcome. Include some screenshots or recordings of the project. Identify whether or not you have achieved the desired goals for the project. Demonstrate the product you made and its effect on the business. 

    Lessons Learned

    Finally, you write about what you have learned along the way. What insights have you gathered? Is there anything that went wrong? How would you do that differently? Is there a better way to conduct certain things? How did you manage unexpected issues? Overall, explain how you handled everything and what you learned during the process. 

    Each of these steps will allow you to tell the project story effectively. Together, these steps will provide you the perfect case study that you can add to our portfolio.