Personal projects are a great addition to your portfolio as a way to showcase not only your skills, but also your general problem-solving and interests! It's the reason why so many people are so focused on it, especially when they haven't been able to make any projects for others yet.
Personally, I don't have difficulty thinking of new projects. (it's usually the anxiety to start them but let's not focus on that 😅) So no, this isn't so much about me.
I'd like this discussion to be for those who can't seem to figure out how to find inspiration for new projects. I see this question being asked so often yet I haven't yet encountered any articles that address this. (feel free to share them if you have some! 😉)
✍ Comment below answering the following questions
- Where do you find inspiration and ideas to start a new project?
- Most of us devs aren't exactly good at designing. How do you go around that?
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Here's my own take to this:
I... I don't. I'd like to get better at designing but I do feel my skills are at least up there to know how to put things together from a UX/UI standpoint! The best advice I can give here is to learn some basics through courses and books.
If this is solely for your portfolio, I wouldn't get too worried about your project looking ugly! Dev recruiters can look past this. Otherwise, if you really don't have time or motivation to learn some design principles yourself, find a designer to collaborate with!