Portfolio Guidelines

Human-Computer Interaction Design portfolio guidelines and requirements

All HCI/d applicants are required to submit a portfolio as a single PDF document uploaded with your application in the e-app system.

Your portfolio may include any samples of your prior work; it does not have to be limited to HCI or design work samples. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of prior work of every kind to show—you’re not expected to have every type of experience. Focus on quality rather than quantity.

Types of work to consider including

This list isn’t exhaustive, but illustrates the kinds of things you may wish to include. You’re not limited to the items on this list.

  • Capstone and/or thesis work
  • Curricular materials that you’ve developed
  • Design competition entries
  • Design work (any form)
  • Ethnographic work
  • Interaction designs
  • Photography
  • Professional work (any sort)
  • Published papers or essays
  • Prototypes
  • Samples of program code or other forms of engineering experience
  • Strategic design plans or other evidence of entrepreneurial experience
  • Undergraduate coursework
  • Website designs
  • Writing samples (creative writing, research papers, and/or technical or professional pieces)

Important things to keep in mind

  • You may submit your portfolio only once. No revisions or updates are allowed.
  • You must submit your portfolio by the application deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • You must submit your portfolio as a PDF file. No other format will be accepted. If your PDF is larger than 2 MB, you must provide a PDF document that includes the link from which your portfolio can be downloaded.
  • The admissions committee will not download any software in order to view or access your portfolio.
  • The admissions committee will not enter a username, password, and/or email address to view or access your portfolio.

Creating and submitting your portfolio

As you prepare your portfolio, be sure to follow these requirements and guidelines:

  • Your portfolio PDF file may be in either portrait or landscape mode.
  • Your portfolio PDF file must be set up to print as letter-size (8.5 inches by 11.0 inches).
  • Your first page must be a title page. The title page must include:
    • Your last name
    • Your first name
    • Your IU e-app number
    • A statement that reads:
      “I certify that the work included in this portfolio is my own original work. Work included which was conducted as part of a team or other group is indicated and attributed as such—the other team members are named and a true description of my role in the project is included.”
      You must sign this statement to certify originality and proper attribution. In the event that any work you provide in your portfolio is improperly represented in terms of authorship, your application will be dismissed without review.
  • If your portfolio PDF file is longer than 10 pages, you must include a table of contents as the second page. You may do so even if your PDF file is shorter.

If you failed to upload your portfolio with your application in the e-app system and your PDF file is smaller than 2 MB, you may send it as an email attachment to infograd@indiana.edu by the application submission deadline.