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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.

User Interface Principles Every Designer Must Know

Apply human-computer interaction (HCI) research findings to inform and defend UX decisions

  • Examine the most relevant concepts from the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) field and learn to apply the principles to specific design problems
  • Be able to explain why certain designs work better in particular circumstances
  • Design better interfaces from the start by knowing human limitations and easing the load on the user

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

Information Architecture: Day 1

Organize and structure information to improve findability and discoverability

  • How to structure and organize your site...before delving into design
  • Choosing hierarchy models, organizational schemes, label names
  • Dealing with metadata, taxonomy and search 
  • Methods for designing, documenting, and evaluating your IA

Interaction Design: 3-Day Course

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.)

Wireframing and Prototyping

Quick and cost-effective technique for identifying major usability issues early with sketches and paper. Perfect fit for Agile and Lean processes

  • Learn techniques for discovering usability issues early and shortening development time
  • Discover how paper prototyping can facilitate creativity and build consensus among team members
  • Conduct your own studies using wireframes and prototypes