Design is a part of our everyday life. Whether it’s the way that door knob works, the way that fork holds in your hand, or the way you share your daily adventures on social media, it’s all designed. However even though as a craft design is very much a user-centered discipline it has also become an integral part of businesses thus shifting towards more profit-centered ways.
So the big challenge arises in the intersection between what the user needs and what the business needs. And this is where most of todays designers are balancing between. This clash of needs and sometimes a clash of what the designer and the business are advocating for can result in products that impact our lives in negative ways.
This is why now more than ever it’s important for designers to take a more ethical stance and take responsibility for the impact we create.
A great opportunity to start learning UX on your own. University of Michigan is giving away 14 hour online course full of quality insights.
Here’s what you can learn:
- The skills needed for UX research and design - How UX researchers discover and assess user needs and assess possible designs - How to conduct a micro-usability test - How UX designers use sketching and prototyping to develop design concepts
- How to incorporate a user-centered focus into the design process - Key features of human behavior and describe their impact on the design of interactive systems - Techniques for critiquing and designing interactive systems based on human capabilities and behavior
So if you ever wondered where to start learning UX design, here’s an opportunity like no other.
Learn quite a few things about UI design and a few more about UX in a series of interactive quiz-like courses ranging from design fundamentals like colour theory, layouts and font use, all the way to design systems and advanced UI patterns.
Thought it's mostly more fun than it is educational (explanations doesn't go very deep into the subject) I still think it's a good exercise for both new and pro designers.
If you're just starting out - here you'll find most of what's important in UI design covered even if just briefly but enough to inform and spur your curiosity.
If you're a pro - it's an engaging and interactive way to test your fundamentals and remember what you might have forgotten.
Staying at home shouldn’t keep you away from attending conferences and learning from the best in the industry!
Here is a list of your favourite design and development conferences gone online and happening remotely this year (and some of them for free).