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User Experience Design
You may design a site that's beautiful to look at, or develop a site that uses the latest technology – but if it doesn’t meet a real user need, it’ll be a flash in the pan. User experience design is about making all the elements come together so you can create something meaningful, useful, and pleasurable for the people you're trying to reach. This program will develop your skills to research, test and validate your ideas.
What will I be able to design?
Students in User Experience gain a fundamental understanding of what it takes to validate their solutions against the problems of their users.
Design visual mockups of your application to focus yourself and others on the users you want to reach
Create low-fidelity prototypes representing your MVP (minimal viable product) that you will test with users, high fidelity for those pairing this program with the
HTML & CSS
What will I learn?
Best practices in assessing the usability and aesthetics of web sites and applications
Exploratory design research techniques like field observation and interviews
User model creation, such as personas and mental models
Techniques for generating new ideas that meet real user needs
Conceptual design techniques like sketching
Interaction design and information architecture tools such as wireframes in Balsamiq, site maps, flows, and card sorting activities
Usability testing to validate design with users
Why should I learn UX design?
Learn how to see new opportunities
User-centered design doesn’t just mean making existing products better – it’s about seeing the possibilities in everyday life. In this program you’ll go into the field to find opportunities for innovation, and pair that insight with findings from research online. Solve problems creatively with a broad, open mindset – and debate with colleagues that challenge you to color outside the lines.
Understand the entrepreneurial mind
Whether you want to start your own business, or improve your skills in working with business owners, this program will put you in a business owner’s shoes. You’ll create your own concept for a business based on your personal passions, experience, and resources, and refine it with user research.
Design systems that move, motivate, and work
A great user experience is about more than a product’s pixels. It’s about the need it addresses, how it makes users feel, and what motivates them to use it. The techniques you learn in this program will help you design and build a product that engages users and brings them back again.