Portfolio Mockups

What is a Portfolio Mockup?

Portfolio mockups are visual representations that stand as a preview of the design work that a creative has done and is able to do, as well as showcasing how these projects could end up looking in the real world. These mockups are integrated into a design portfolio.

Components of a Portfolio Mockup in UI UX Design

A portfolio mockup usually includes the following components:

  • Page structure of the page or pages of the website or app;
  • The core functionality of the user interface;
  • Page layout;
  • Color Scheme;
  • Branding elements such as typography;

How to Use Portfolio Mockups

  • Marketing. Portfolio mockups are useful means of advertising UI/UX design work. If a person from the design industry skims through a portfolio, the mockups should give them a pretty solid idea about what type of design work the designer does.
  • Collaboration. Working alongside other creatives is a common practice in the digital design world. A portfolio mockup can come in handy when collaborating with various designers, as it can give them a clear idea of someone’s experience and capabilities in the field, as well as communicate their vision.
  • Highlighting Interactive Elements. Design elements such as animations and hover effects can be displayed in mockups with the role of showcasing interactive elements in a way that is easier for clients to understand.
  • Demonstrating Scalability. One of the many advantages of creating mockups for a portfolio is that they showcase how a design can be scaled for different devices. That means a design is adaptable, and can be accessed from various environments and platforms. 
  • Usability Testing. Mockups are often used in the early development stages of a design project because they can help with usability testing. It is easier to determine the outcome of a design with mockups.