Portfolio Resource & Career Stories

Hi there—I’m Justin Lee, and I’m an alum and a former TA for this class. I just wanted to post some stuff that might be useful for anyone interested in pursuing design after school. In my experience, design as a career choice is woefully underserved at Penn, so I wanted to highlight two big resources I personally found useful:

Crafting Your UX Portfolio

For any of you interested in doing design in tech (user experience/product design/user research/interaction design), the following guide is tremendously useful:

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Hiring managers are generally looking for a specific type of portfolio, so it’s good to get in their shoes and understand what they’re expecting.

The Great Discontent

For those interested in more traditional design roles, the magazine The Great Discontent has a whole bunch of interviews on how creatives got started, and it’s a beautiful publication.


Relevant for this class might be Nicholas Felton’s interview

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alongside interviews of other famous designers like Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica Walsh, Ellen Lupton, and Paula Scher.

Hope these add some insight.

Additional Graphic Design Resources

Thinking With Type:

Good general typographic overview.



A collection of type combinations to play around with


Fonts in Use:

Title says it all.



Professional Show and Tell for Designers


Grid Systems in Graphic Design:

Hunt around for images and PDFs – great, arguably definitive, book on how to use grids.