If you looked at online portfolios or “inspirational” websites lately, you have probably noticed isometric or skewed mock-ups. It seems they’re the hottest thing at the moment.
I didn’t want to put anyone on the spot, so I created a demo from screenshots of my website. The mock-ups or screenshots are usually skewed and then tiled next to each other. I have been interviewing job candidates in the last year, and observed isometric mock-ups slowly creep into design portfolios. After giving it enough thought, I can think of only one benefit for presenting your work this way and many drawbacks.
Let’s say candidates comes to the interview and decide to do the right thing: instead of showing only screens or images they had designed, they tell a story of their process and impact. If they want to give more context around the product they worked on, and decide to show how people use it in real life or compare it to something else, then using isometric screens is perfectly fine.
An image for marketing purposes needs to evoke a feeling or compare ideas. This image might show how an app can replace a whole reference book so you don’t have to carry it around. Using an isometric screen here is justified because analyzing the quality of work is not the goal.