This is a 2-day training course to get you started on User Experience Design. You’ll spend two days with an experienced User Experience professional learning best practices of UX Design in an interactive hands-on workshop and friendly environment.

During the course, we will go through a series of practical exercises where you will learn the best practices of user-centred design for digital experiences, such as websites and mobile apps. You will be designing a mini-project so you get a taste of each activity (it will be fun!).

Who is it for?
This is for anyone who would like to learn UX Design. You may be a graphic designer, marketer, developer, project manager, business analyst, student…
Previous job roles of attendees included: Graphic Designer, UI Designer, Web Developer, Manager, Business Analyst and Digital Communications.

What some of our previous attendees have said:

“I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking to kickstart their career in UX, I feel like I’ve learned (and accomplished) so much in just 2 days! A great mix of theory and practical exercises (in the shape of a mini project) that allowed us to go through the whole UX design process and gave me the structure and confidence to tackle more complex projects in the future.”
– Karen Haidinger, Digital Designer

“Well presented and worthwhile. Thank you very much.”
– Sara, Web Developer

“I absolutely loved it. Having had the chance to practice some UX techniques in the training course has been extremely beneficial and probably the most valued outcome I take from it, as it has given me the confidence needed to feel comfortable whenever I´ll need to use them. 100% recommended.”
– Anonymous attendee, Graphic Designer

“It will help me when liaising with designers, front-end developers and stakeholders. The gained knowledge will also enable me to better judge the chosen approach, or question more what we are doing is the right thing.”
– Anonymous attendee, Platform Manager

Topics covered:
Introduction to User Experience Design and Design Thinking

UX Design techniques

A toolkit of UX techniques, tools, terminologies and their benefits.

Profiling users: personas, scenarios and user needs

Mapping out user journeys and page flows

Rapid prototyping

Tools and techniques for rapid prototyping (without having to write a line of code!)

Wireframing

Patterns and conventions of User Interface (UI) Design

User Research techniques

Best practices on planning and running: User interviews and Usability testing

Feedback and peer review

You’ll have a chance to work with peers and get constructive feedback on your ideas

Outcomes:
Confidence and understanding of the UX Design process, techniques and its benefits

Ability to apply UX techniques to your next project (you’ll have handouts of templates you can use)

Ability to test with real users, identify UX problems and prioritise them

You’ll get a certificate of completion

About the tutor
Mariana is the User Experience Director at Fruto, a Oxford-based UX Design studio. She has over 15 years of industry experience designing intuitive and engaging Award-winning websites, web apps and mobile apps for clients such as the NHS, National Grid, Oxford University Innovation, Lambeth Council, University of Surrey and more.

Mariana holds a Masters in Interactive Media and a Bachelors in Industrial Design (Visual Communication).

She is a regular visiting lecturer at several universities, including the University of the Arts London – Chelsea College where she taught a 3-day course and the University of Reading where she teaches a 10-week module on Responsive Web Design to final year students at the BA Graphic Communication.

She is actively involved with the UX community, speaking at UX and Agile Conferences such at UX Cambridge; Agile in the City: Bristol; The Graphical Web, Exeter; UX in the City: Oxford; Front-end London; Agile Prague; Ace Conference (Krakow, Poland); BrightonSEO; UX Bristol. She co-founded the popular monthly event UX Oxford, receiving speakers from Google, Mailchimp, Microsoft, BBC, The Guardian, Oxfam, Financial Times, GDS, NHS.

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