User Experience (UX) Design
This course will teach you the essentials of app design and address the importance of User Experience (UX) within web based design. You will look into what user experience design is, how it can help you create a more user friendly website/mobile app, desktop application or an interactive installation...
Taught by: Sophie Lepinoy, Luke Chircop.
This course will teach you the essentials of app design and address the importance of User Experience (UX) within web based design. You will look into what user experience design is, how it can help you create a more user friendly website/mobile app, desktop application or an interactive installation. The course combines theory with practice, each session begins and ends with a lecture, in-between which, you will receive support on your journey from an app idea all the way through to app design.
You will receive feedback, critique and helpful tips on how to iterate your design ideas, design wireframes, build and test prototypes and finally, refine and polish your design. You will also consider design documentation and the preparation of assets for developers so that you get familiar with the professional UX processes.
The tools you will be using will allow you to design, draw and add interactions. You can choose from a number of tools and apps available, which your tutor will discuss in the first lecture; these may include: Adobe Illustrator, Sketch and InvisionApp.
Design principles and patterns
Information architecture and content design
Human-machine interaction guidelines
Prototypes, testing and iterations
Introduction to cloud computing and open source technologies
By the end of the course, you will have a greater confidence and understanding of the benefits of UX. You will have built an app prototype and begun to test, refine and share this.
Who Should Attend
Ideal for design students or graphic design practitioners with a keen interest in new media and digital design. Some knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or Bohemiancoding Sketch is recommended.
Sophie Lepinoy is a user experience and brand designer and lecturer. She started her career as a research analyst from 2000 to 2007, gaining invaluable research and analytical skills. While working in the City she took a number of design short courses at UAL. She then changed careers to become a graphic designer (Graphic Design BA at LCC) and user experience designer (Post Graduate Cert in UCD web design & development from University of London).
As a UX and brand designer, she's worked for design agencies, digital education and craft starts-ups as well as larger companies. She is now freelancing for start-ups and social enterprises. From her experience in UX she'd developed a keen interest in design processes, particularly Lean UX as well as a passion of user research. She believes user observation and more generally research should be at the heart of every good product.
Luke Chircop is a User Experience (UX) Designer and Researcher. He believes UX is a commitment to improving the quality of users’ lives, achieved by placing them at the heart of the product. He believes that UX is not a process nor a dark art - but a philosophy to mindfully open the doors to the user.
He has a BSc in Computer-Science, specializing in web-development. In 2013 he went on to complete an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at UCL, during which he published a paper in the ACM SIGCHI conference. He has undertaken research and design work for clients such as DPD, Sony and Ubisoft. Luke currently leads the UX team at Three, and has a keen interest in user experience product management.
Please also bring along ideas to inform the design of your app.
This course is taught in a computer suite, with all the software provided. You will also benefit from access to the following tools - used to create designs and build simple prototypes, which you can continue to use in your own time. Your tutor will discuss these with you further during the course.
All of the apps and services mentioned have free trials available. A free 30 day trial is available for Illustrator the from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Student discounts are also available should you wish to subscribe to the ‘Annual plan, paid monthly'.