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: Mariana Morris, Peter Koraca.

Description

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.
 

Topics Covered

  • Design principles and patterns

  • Information architecture and content design

  • Case studies

  • Human-machine interaction guidelines

  • Wireframe design

  • Prototypes, testing and iterations

  • Introduction to cloud computing and open source technologies
      

Course Outcomes
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.

Level
Beginner/Intermediate










Tutor information

Mariana Morris is an independent User Experience Design Consultant helping companies and startups bring their ideas to life and improve the user experience of their products. She also provides training, leadership and coaching to product teams and executives.

For the past three years, Mariana was the Head of UX and Design at a 100-person software company, where she built and led a UX design team of eight and introduced UX and design practices and processes to the 25-year company.

She co-founded the popular monthly event UX Oxford, is a regular visiting lecturer at several universities and is a regular conference speaker. She’s spoken at UX Cambridge, UX in the City: Oxford, UX Bristol, Agile in the City Bristol, Agile Prague, Front-end London.

Mariana has over 13 years of industry experience, holds a Masters in Interactive Media and a Bachelors in Industrial Design (Visual Communication).

Mariana is an advocate of good design and the importance of design in tech.

Peter Koraca is a digital designer and creative coder working at the crossover between art and design. He has been involved in projects ranging from digital maps and wayfinding strategies for London Heathrow Airport to interactive art pieces like ‘Thinking’ at Kunsthalen Charlotenborg in Copenhagen. Currently Peter heads the UX/UI design team at Deutsche Teleokm UK and in his spare time works on open source projects for schools like the data visualisation web-app ‘Tallis Habits’ for Thomas Tallis school in South London (a web-app that allows children to report and play with their learning habits). Peter is obsessed with simplicity on all levels. He believes in prototyping from the start and design centred around the user. Peter thinks products should fulfil a specific function and surprise and delight their users. Only when all these things are present, often unnoticed, can the real beauty emerge.
http://www.peterkoraca.com/blog3/





Materials

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.

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Sketch 

  • InvisionApp

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'.






Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
24/10/2017 - 27/10/2017Tuesday - Wed & Friday10:00 - 16:003 Days£565Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
29/01/2018 - 01/02/2018Monday - Tuesday & Thursday10:00 - 16:003 Days£565Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
03/04/2018 - 06/04/2018Tuesday - Wed & Friday10:00 - 16:003 Days£565Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket
17/07/2018 - 20/07/2018Tuesday - Wed & Friday10:00 - 16:003 Days£565Available Atterbury St - SW1P Add to Basket