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Author/Copyright holder: Teo Yu Siang and Interaction Design Foundation. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Why this post?

A lot of people in my network too, cross skilled colleagues/visual designers/ graphics designers/illustrators/engineers keep asking the same question.

I am a Developer turned Designer and I did a career shift in my late thirties.

Even I had the same questions; where to start, which courses should I take, should I look for a mentor?

In my opinion there are 2 parts to learn UX designing:

  1. To study UX. The methodology/Process/Deliverables
  2. To implement UX as a methodology in a project and build your portfolio

This post will address the first part on learning UX. I have collected the link to the article of course content with a written permission from Interaction Design Foundation

UX is a broad subject, no one can guarantee to teach you everything.

While there are many institutions/bootcamp and courses that teach UX and I am sure they have invested a lot of time to prepare the best course material. End of the day it depends on the student/learner on how committed/serious/dedicate he/she is to to learn UX.

I consider myself to be lucky enough to came across this course on Interaction Design Foundation called “Become a UX Designer from Scratch

It gave me a solid foundation and confidence to start speaking in the language of a UX Designer.

This post is public commitment of my stronger self story.

I gained enough knowledge in a structured format from this course and this is the best course I can recommend to everyone who want to start learning UX.

Who is this post for?

  1. UX designers, interaction designers, and UI designers looking to build effective portfolios and land their next UX job
  2. Students keen on becoming UX designers or UX consultants
  3. Entrepreneurs and business owners interested in conducting UX work on their own products or services
  4. Anyone aspiring to change into a career in the field of UX

What you will learn through post?

  • The various UX roles in an organisation
  • How to create UX deliverables — with downloadable templates on creating personas, customer journey maps, prototypes, and many more
  • How to go through the five stages of the design thinking process: empathise, define, ideate, prototype, and test
  • How to build a UX portfolio as well as land yourself a UX role
  • The confidence to work with clients as a UX consultant

This post contains link to content of the course “Becoming a UX Designer from scratch” from Interaction Design Foundation (IDF). Once you go through the course content it will become easy for you to decide whether you should buy this course or not.

LESSON 1: STARTING YOUR UX CAREER — WHAT IS UX AND WHAT DO UX DESIGNERS DO?

  1. What is UX Design? (11 mins)
  2. Emotion and Experience (7 mins)
  3. The UX Honeycomb: 7 factors that influence user experience (14 mins)
  4. What is Interaction Design? (11 mins)
  5. An Introduction to Usability (9 mins)
  6. What is a UX portfolio, and What Should it Contain? (13 mins)
  7. 7 UX Deliverables: What will I be making as a UX designer? (13 mins)
  8. How to adopt the right attitude towards your UX work (10 mins)

LESSON 2: TOP STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU TACKLE UX DESIGN PROJECTS

  1. User-Centered Design (19 mins)
  2. What is Design Thinking and Why Is It So Popular? (20 mins)
  3. Make Your UX Design Process Agile Using Google’s Methodology (17 mins)
  4. Why You Should Analyze Your Competition to Design Better Solutions and How to Do It (16 mins)

LESSON 3: HOW TO BUILD YOUR FIRST UX DESIGN FROM START TO FINISH, PART 1: EMPATHIZE AND DEFINE

  1. The Interaction Design Process
  2. Stage 1 in the Design Thinking Process: Empathise with Your Users
  3. Pros and Cons of Conducting User Interviews
  4. The Psychology of Personas
  5. Customer Journey Maps — Walking a Mile in Your Customer’s Shoes

LESSON 4: HOW TO BUILD YOUR FIRST UX DESIGN FROM START TO FINISH, PART 2: IDEATE, PROTOTYPE, AND TEST

  1. Learn How to Use the Best Ideation Methods: SCAMPER
  2. Learn How to Use the Best Ideation Methods: Analogies
  3. Interaction and Prototyping
  4. Paper Prototyping
  5. Expert/Heuristic Evaluation & Benchmarking

If you gone through all the content above, I am sure you have decent knowledge of UX as methodology and you are ready to move on the next step which is implementing UX in a project.

Why am I recommending this course?

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

IDF Certificate

2. IDF Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders, who have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

  1. Accenture
  2. Adobe
  3. GE
  4. IBM
  5. Philips
  6. SAP

3. You get access to the Quizzes/Exercises/Assignments that helps you validate your learning.

4. You get access to the community to interact with.

5. It is very cost effective. With a one year membership you can go through as many UX courses as you want and keep improving your knowledge as a designer.

Why should you buy this subscription?

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Coming up next…

Lot of people need mentors but without having any knowledge about UX.

Please stay tuned for my next post which will provide some guidance on how to implement UX in your project and make your portfolio.

How to find a Good Design Mentor, What questions to ask and what to expect from the design mentor.

Designer — Listener— Writer. A self taught Designer turned Developer.