Intro to UX 101: Understanding the User

The Yard: Eastern Market - 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington - View Map Girl Develop It D.C.
Thu, Aug 1, 2019, 6:30 PM (EDT)

About this event

At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we’re designing--a website, an Android app, or a toaster--we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who currently makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.

This class is a continuation of Intro to UX Design. Attendees will explore the foundation of UX and conduct exercises for discovering and defining their user. This includes user personas, stakeholder interviews, competitive analysis and more. No experience or software are required.

This is a hands on course which will give you actionable tools to get started with user experience in your work day! Be prepared to sketch, talk and brainstorm with your peers. Don't forget to bring something to write with and take notes!

About the Teacher:

LaRia has over five years experience as a project management professional. She combines design thinking, user research and business analysis to help define best practices and tools for her users. Currently, she is on the Technology Business Management team at Marriott International. LaRia is also completing her master’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree focus in User Experience. In her free time she enjoys coaching soccer, watching movies, and spending time with her twin sister.

The Yard ( is generously providing space at The Yard offices at Eastern Market in DC for our classes!

Getting There:

The Yard is conveniently located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE DC - a block from Eastern Market station (on the blue and orange line).

Refund Policy: Your payment guarantees your seat in the course. If something changes after registration and you cannot attend the course, your seat is yours to sell or give to someone else - just please let us know who! As a rule we don't offer refunds or credits; Instead your class fee will go toward our chapter fund which we will use to establish a scholarship fund going forward. That said, please do reach out and let us know if you have extenuating circumstances.


Thursday, Aug 1
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)


The Yard: Eastern Market
700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington