USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
UX Design: Making the Web a Better Place
User experience designers are innovative explorers who research, improve, and test websites and apps. They create delightful digital experiences that keep people coming back for more.
If you love figuring out how things work and what makes people tick, look no further than User Experience design—it’s the tech industry’s best-kept secret for career changers.
Average Salary Of A
User Experience Designer
Source: Indeed.com Average UX Desinger Job Post Salary
Jobs In The U.S. Alone
Source: Job Market Prospects On UX By Mock Plus
Annual Job Growth
2.5x The National Average
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
If you have ever heard the term ‘design thinking’ and wondered what it meant, you are in luck! In this class you will learn how to think like a design professional and immerse yourself in user experience research, trying to answer that age-old question: what do users want? You’ll learn the exact tools and best practices that designers use to discover and then describe what their customers want, and how those wants and needs align with your client’s business goals.
- UX Design Best Practices
- User Personas & User Journey Mapping
- Data Analysis
- Design Ideation
Projects for your portfolio:
Information Architecture & Prototyping
Once you have a sense of who your users really are and understand their burning desires, it’s time to take your first swing at making them happy. First you’ll learn the tried-and-true building blocks of website organization and design best practices. Then you’ll combine your research and skills with industry tools to create a professional website prototype: a wireframe!
- Information Architecture
- Navigation & Layout
Projects for your portfolio:
User Testing & Iteration
It’s time to put your prototype to the ultimate test: human users! But first, you’ll learn about user testing and best practices for getting clear and actionable results. Once you set up and run your test, you’ll analyze the data you collect to make decisions, create better versions based on feedback, and learn portfolio tips to help you become a successful UX professional!
- Usability Testing
- A/B Testing
- Data Analysis
- UX Strategy
- Portfolio Presentation
Projects for your portfolio:
Tools you will learn:
An industry-standard design tool for creating simple website prototypes called wireframes
A video conferencing tool that allows you to have live conversations and record your sessions—perfect for connecting with users
You’ll connect with your classmates and instructors in Slack, a messaging and collaboration tool used by thousands of digital teams worldwide.
After completing the program, you will earn:
The Skillcrush Course
Official Certificate Of Completion
Your instructors are ALWAYS here to help.
Karalyn works as a teaching assistant for Visual Design and UX at Skillcrush. She owns her own freelance design business in Portland, Maine, and has a background in marketing and graphic design.
Bethany works as a Visual Design & UX teaching assistant for Skillcrush. In her free time she volunteers and does freelance design and development work. She’s also a proud Skillcrush alum!
Nichole works as an instructional designer at Skillcrush. She’s been creating tech skill classes for adults since 2011. In her free time, Nichole loves adventuring in her home state of Florida.
GET HELPFUL FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK
Submit your work privately to your instructor and ask questions about projects to make sure you’re on the right track.
VIDEO CHAT IN GROUP Q&A SESSIONS
Meet with your instructors to get help with your coursework, plus see what your classmates are up to in live group Q&A video calls.
Be immersed in an inclusive online community focused on supporting women and minorities working toward the same goals as you. Share course work, learn techy tips and tricks, and cheer one another on.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of work will I be able to do after the User Experience Course?
There are currently TONS of job opportunities in UX. Businesses large and small, from Amazon to your local design firm, are on the lookout for UX pros who can help improve their products. Look for job titles like UX Designer, Information Architect, or UX Researcher, just to name a few. Want to be your own boss? Strike out on your own as a Freelance UX Consultant!
Do I need to be good at design or know how to code to succeed in this Course?
Nope! This course is perfect for beginners with zero design or coding experience. Seriously, if you love to talk to people to better understand what makes them tick, you’ll love this course!
What software will I need for the User Experience Course, and what does it cost?
During this Course, we’ll introduce you to a cutting-edge tool of the trade: Figma. This tool allows you to quickly and easily create interactive wireframes and prototypes, even if you have no prior design experience. Figma is intuitive and easy to learn, and it’s used by UX pros worldwide. Best of all, it’s free! We’ll also introduce you to Zoom, a free video conferencing tool that allows you to virtually connect with others and record your sessions.
Do I need a Mac to do UX?
Not at all! For all Skillcrush classes, either a Mac or PC will work just fine.
What’s the difference between UX and visual design?
UX professionals are focused on understanding user behavior, collecting and analyzing data to uncover the source of user problems, and creating and testing solutions to these problems. Visual designers create the look and feel of websites, apps, logos, and more using a deep knowledge of design theory and robust industry tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
UX and visual design are very different fields, although they do overlap in a few areas. UXers use visual design principles to create prototypes that are realistic and visually pleasing for their users. Visual designers use UX principles to create web and page layouts that are user-friendly as well as beautiful.
If I want to take both the User Experience Course AND the Visual Designer Course, which should I take first?
The Visual Designer Course and the User Experience Course complement each other perfectly and can be taken in any order. Some people prefer to take the User Experience Course first to get UX fundamentals down before they learn more robust design software, but it’s entirely up to you—and you’ll do just fine either way.
What’s the difference between UX and UI? Will I learn UI in this class?
Whereas the UX of a website comes through in its layout and navigation, the UI, or user interface design, is its look and feel—the colors, typography, and imagery that create the site’s overall style and mood.
This course is primarily about the principles of good UX, but you’ll also learn a bit about UI to help you create professional-looking prototypes. Don’t worry—you won’t have to design anything from scratch! We’ll show you the basics of creating a solid look, and provide UI kits that let you drag and drop premade styles into place. If you’re interested in learning more about UI, our Visual Designer Course walks you through how to create visually appealing and emotionally evocative designs from the ground up!
How long will I have access to my Course?
Once you’ve completed payment for the course, you’ll have access to it for LIFE.