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.
The contents that this class will cover include:
• Fundamental concepts of user experience design (what UX is and why you should care)
• Creating user personas
• Identifying usability problems and prioritizing solutions
• How to design and run usability tests
• Getting useful feedback from your users
• Information Architecture and interaction design
• Where UX fits with project management methodologies
• And much, much more!
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 Teachers:
Ramla Mahmood is a web designer at Vox Media, publisher of SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, Curbed, Eater, Racked and Vox. Prior to that she worked at the Collaborative Learning Hub at George Mason University where she used to teach into to HTML/CSS and certification programs in Adobe Creative Suite. In her free time, she loves to travel, collect books and learn new things.
Afreen Habib is a User Experience Designer and Researcher. She creates great mobile and web experiences through user-centered design methods and eye-tracking studies at Apollo Matrix, Inc, a mobile design and development agency. At George Mason University she runs usability tests as a human factors researcher focusing on social decision-making and human-computer interaction studies.
Please bring the following prior to class:
• Something to write with: pen/paper, laptop or tablet will all work.
AddThis is generously providing space at their headquarters in Vienna, VA.
Parking: There's ample free parking in front and around the back of the building.
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.