Digital experiences are everywhere. Think of all the apps and websites that you love or dislike. How many of them are built in a way that makes you want to return to them over and over again?
If you have ever wondered how some of the amazing digital products — such as smartphones or software packages — became legendary, it’s because they are well-designed by people who care about the holistic experience of the user.
UX is a cross-disciplinary set of thinking-methods and design skills that allow User Experience Designers to build solutions that are appreciated by real people. This domain of knowledge draws from information technology, psychology, human-computer interaction, graphic design and data analysis — and many other areas. It's a truly exciting way of looking at the digital world.
This new course at CodeClan will allow you to develop an understanding of fundamental user-centered design concepts and methods. These methods allow designers to build websites and apps in line with user and organisational needs.
There is a strong market demand for User Experience Designers in the UK and worldwide. Large and small organisations alike recognise the importance of this profession and are developing their products according to user and business needs. In Scotland, there are a number of high-end UX consultancies, and the majority of design agencies and larger organisations have their UX teams.
In this course, we will explore basic methodology of user-centered design thinking such as:
- Critical analysis of websites and apps,
- Planning of UX processes,
- Personas — a method of defining the target group for design activities,
- Documentation of user and business needs,
- Interface design: sketching, wireframing and prototyping,
- User testing and validation of concepts.
Design concepts such as:
- Web accessibility and inclusivity,
- Basics of performance and benchmarking.
Across all these activities we will be working alongside the industry-wide guidelines as proposed by the prestigious GDS Digital Principles framework.
Start date: 13th June 2017
End date: 12th July 2017
This course will be running on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (6:15pm — 8:15pm) in Edinburgh.
We will learn in a class of 12 individuals with a senior instructor leading the course.
- Introduction to User Experience Design
- Phases of development lifecycle
- GDS Digital Principles
- Responsible design: accessibility, inclusion and the environment
- A critical look at websites and heuristics
- User needs and requirements gathering
- Fundamentals of interface design
- Sketching, wireframing and prototyping
- Planning and facilitating user testing
- Ways of obtaining structured feedback
- Communicating requirement for changes and reporting
- Project assignment
Individual work on projects, utilising skills learned throughout the course.
- Group review and user-testing of selected projects
- Wrap-up and further steps.
You will benefit from attending this course if:
- You are thinking of changing your job to User Experience Designer, User Experience Researcher or User Interface (UI) Designer, or
- You are employed in an organisation that already works within the UX-driven methodology and you need to gain basic understanding of the domain.
- You have keen interest in how human behaviour shapes the digital environment — and how the digital world impacts the real one.
You might be working in the digital industry, and if you do then this can help understanding some of the course’s concepts. However, at this basic level no extensive previous experience of digital delivery is essential.
After completing this course you will be ready to take part in the new course that is currently developed at CodeClan: “UX Design — Advanced”.
There are no formal requirements for this course — as long as you are enthusiastic about computers and human behaviour. You have to be a competent computer user and be able to navigate the internet.
Working knowledge of spreadsheet software (such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets) would help you working on some of the tasks.
For this course you will need a working laptop (any operating system).
All participants of this course will gain five-month’s unrestricted access to one of the industry-leading prototyping products, UXPin. This unique offer is only available to CodeClan students.
The course will be run by one of CodeClan’s senior instructors, Wojtek Kutyla.
Wojtek has worked in the UX industry for many years, supplying digital products and executing digital transformation programmes. His clients list include Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and England, financial institutions such as RBS, Aegon and Hiscox. Transitioning to teaching from consultancy and team leadership for one of most-awarded Scottish digital agencies, Wojtek offers plethora of insight on working methods and the industry specifics.
As a student at CodeClan, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a host of other activities such as industry talks and tech meetups.
The course’s cost is
£600, however, the pilot is offered to students at the introductory price of £450.