IXD103 – Portfolio Sites

During Monday’s class, we took a look at portfolio sites, and the components that are necessary to make up a portfolio site. We were also given several tasks to complete to begin the development of our portfolio sites.


The SWOT task was used to determine our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in terms of our branding and portfolio site.

S – Strengths

W – Weaknesses

O – Opportunities

T – Threats

Here are the four categories that I wrote for myself:


  • Style consistency throughout, which is focused on minimalism
  • Well thought-out designs and nothing being too cluttered
  • Simple yet effective
  • Creativity


  • Time-management
  • Confidence in my own work
  • Developing ideas further than before


  • A better understanding of how websites work
  • Improve my skills in time-management
  • Better HTML and CSS skills


  • Procrastination & time managing
  • Strain on eyes/back/wrists by sitting at computer for long periods of time
  • Unrealistic goals
  • Distractions eg. my phone, living environment


During this task, each student in the class collaborated on a single Miro board, and we had to each write our goals for the project, and it’s purpose. I thought it was helpful as I was able to see that everyone had pretty much the same goals, which made the project feel much more grounded and made me determined to develop it further.

Here was the Miro board:

We then moved these goals into a display of hierarchy, which helped us to see what goals were the most important and which were the least important. They were sorted into tertiary, secondary and primary importances.

Right in the middle, recognised as the most important, were the following:

  • Display your work
  • Contact more easily
  • Online portfolio promote work


Our next task was to create something along the same lines of the SWOT task, but with the following categories:

Substitute — Different ingredient? Other material/processes/place? Other approach? Other tone of voice? Someone else?

Combine — Combine units, purposes, appeals or ideas? A blend, alloy, or an ensemble?

Adapt — Is there anything else that works like this? What does this tell you? Is the past comparable?

Modify — Give it a new angle? Alter the colour, sound, odour, meaning, motion and shape?

Put to another use — As it is? If modified?

Eliminate and/0r add — Can anything be added? time, frequency, height, length, strength? Can it be duplicated, multiplied or exaggerated? Opposites? Backwards? Reverse roles? Change shoes? Turn tables? Turn other cheek? Transpose ‘+/-‘? Can anything be taken away? Made smaller? Lowered? Shortened? Lightened? Omitted? Broken up?

Rearrange — Swap components? Alter the pattern, sequence or layout? Change pace or schedule? Transpose cause & effect?

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