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Usability Week Courses

Usability Week offers courses about a broad range of web and application design topics. Most courses are also available as in-house training. Each course counts toward UX Certification.

UX Basic Training

Be an effective UX professional: Know the lingo and sell the process

  • Understand the purpose and roles of UX professionals throughout a project lifecycle
  • Know when to apply which research methods and how to use the data to improve design
  • Assess your organization’s commitment to UX
  • Learn tips for promoting UX as a competitive advantage

Writing Compelling Digital Copy

Web content for the way your audience thinks and behaves

  • How people read online based on usability testing and eyetracking research
  • Optimize content for users, search engines, and accessibility devices
  • Write concise, benefits-driven copy to increase conversion
  • Increase usability by following our web writing guidelines

Interaction Design: 3-Day Course

UX pioneer Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini teaches principles, processes, and techniques of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

  • Get the confidence gained from having a solid foundation in every aspect of HCI whether you’re just arriving from graphic design, psychology, or another entry discipline, or started picking up HCI some time ago along the way.
  • Achieve a deep understanding of the entire life-cycle of design by actually experiencing it through five in-depth hands-on exercises
  • Practice the methodology Tog helped develop at Apple, still in use there today, that results in products that are smooth, exciting, and just simply work.
  • Get the knowledge you need of information theory, human psychology, physiology and other aspects of HCI science, you’ll be prepared to make intelligent, informed, and effective design decisions
  • Learn the trick to “selling” your designs with a minimal amount of stress and effort so you can spend your time doing the work you love. (Managers: This means your designer will be a lot more productive.)

Usability Testing

Plan, conduct, and analyze your own in-person, remote, and online usability studies

  • Learn how to set up and conduct your own usability studies so you can do them anytime, anywhere
  • Fine-tune your faciliation skills with expert guidance
  • Take home sample study plans and research materials to help you conduct your own studies

The One-Person UX Team Tool Box

Usability techniques and strategies to maximize your impact when you are the sole UX specialist on your project or in your organization

  • Learn how to structure your user-centered design research in a cost-effective way
  • Review more than 15 research methods that can be run quickly and inexpensively
  • Learn how to prioritize your time to maximize your value to the company instead of being spread too thin
  • Determine how to communicate and sell your results in your organization to get future funding

Web Page UX Design

Designing successful web pages based on priority, hierarchy, and balance

  • Apply layout-related [AB1] design principles to indicate priority of content, and lead users through the web page effectively

  • Ensure visuals meet brand expectations and elicit appropriate emotional responses 

  • Understand how particular page elements influence user behavior

  • Design each web page on your site to help meet your business objectives