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:
• Overview of UX Design: The Umbrella of Design and Defining Roles and Responsibilities
• Reviewing the exercises (selecting a client)
• Understanding Users: Creating User Personas and User Journey
• Into to Wireframing and Information Architecture
• Understanding User Feedback: User Research
• Intro to Prototyping
• Recommended Resources
• 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 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.
Please do and bring the following prior to class:
Please watch this 10-minute video(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lyzy-vChh4) on an Intro of UX. A laptop is required and users should download the free trial of the following software: Sketch(https://www.sketch.com/get/) (free for 30 days; only available for MacOS) and Miro(https://miro.com) (free version).
• Something to write with: pen/paper, laptop or tablet will all work.
The Yard (https://theyard.com/washington-dc-coworking/eastern-market/) is generously providing space at The Yard offices at Eastern Market in DC for our classes!
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.