UX Design 4-day course: from research to portfolio

Date to be confirmed
London
Beginners–Intermediate
£159 + tax

What's on

An insightful, hands-on & affordable 4-day course on User Experience design run by professional UX designers.

It covers an entire UX design process: from UX research, usability testing, accessibility and analytics to wireframing and prototyping in Sketch, Figma and InVision.

Who runs it

The School of UX speaker Sergei Golubev

Sergei Golubev – UX designer & entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience working with Microsoft, Heathrow and British Gas. Organiser of TheUXConf. The companies Sergei worked with

Day 1 — UX design fundamentals

We'll show you how to carry out user research, map user journeys, run usability and A/B testing, track conversions and more. Show moreShow less

  • introduction into User Experience design process
    for you to have a lean, robust & effective workflow across your projects and company
  • UX versus UI
    to explain important differences between designing pretty User Interface and understanding & solving actual user's problems
  • carrying out user research and reporting findings
    to understand users, their needs and challenges using surveys and interviews
  • mapping user journeys and experience maps
    to understand how users navigate through the system, find out about their feelings any pain-points
  • creating information architecture using card sorting
    to group information in a more logical way to improve navigation and help users complete their tasks quicker
  • usability testing remotely & in person
    to validate assumptions and test product directly with users before spending time and financial resources on coding
  • A/B testing
    to compare two or more design variations and pick the best performing one (instead of arguing with fellow teammates)
  • review of the best accessibility practices
    to make sure design is inclusive and works for everyone (way further than only for people with disabilities)
  • looking into analytics
    to measure performance of your design: setting goals and tracking conversions in order to turn visitors into customers
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Day 2 — UI design fundamentals

You'll learn the base User Interface design principles, how to make your UI responsive and accessible, create an icon font and a style guide, and more. Show moreShow less

  • UI design principles & process
    to understand where User Interface design sits in a process and essential design fundamentals
  • typography and importance of content design
    knowing when to use px and em, n-dash and m-dash, how to embed fonts and to avoid faux fonts, making your content legible
  • accessibility
    to make sure you design complies with industry-standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • iconography
    how to create a scalable and maintainable icon font, and make your icons meaningful and sharp
  • graphics
    understanding which media format to use when (raster versus vector), and how to optimise it for the best performance
  • layout using responsive grid
    to make sure your design works across different devices, benefitting from mobile-first approach
  • styling and design systems
    creating a style guide of UI elements to have consistent design across your systems, overview of design libraries
  • designing with development in mind
    to ensure your design is technically feasible to implement, understanding technical constraints
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Day 3 — Wireframing & Rapid Prototyping

At this workshop you'll create a wireframe your own portfolio website using Sketch and Figma, which you'll then preview and test on your mobile phone. Show moreShow less

  • structuring content
    emphasising the importance of starting design with content (not chrome), which is most relevant to users
  • creating layout in Figma and Sketch apps
    to visualise concepts bearing in mind different device form factors, including designing responsive UI for mobile
  • embedding fonts, icons and graphics
    to prepare all the assets for prototyping stage and handover to developers
  • prototyping interactions
    creating interactive rapid prototype (no code behind) to be used in-browser as well as real device, optimising for touch
  • testing on a real device
    sharing, testing and giving feedback on a working rapid prototype on your mobile phones
  • review of UI design tools
    overview of the most commonly used apps used by User Interface designers on the market
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Day 4 — Career in UX & Portfolio Advice

You'll leave with plenty of knowledge on what it's actually like to be a UX designer in the field, what you need to become a freelancer, how to create a portfolio, where to find a job, interview tips and market rates. Show moreShow less

  • what a day of a UX designer looks like
    to understand what it's actually like to be a UX-ie
  • working in startups vs. big companies vs. design agencies
    industry insights of what work of a designer looks like in different type of companies
  • how to create an impressive portfolio
    best ways to present your work, how to target your portfolio for the role you're applying for
  • complimentary copy of our UX portfolio template
  • where to look for jobs
    how to look for the right opportunity, ways to apply, working with recruitment agencies
  • practical tips for your interview
    how to pitch your services, what to keep in mind when speaking to business stakeholders and senior designers
  • how to be a freelancer
    Challenges and positives of going solo, from setting up your own company to accounting and legal
  • money side: market rates
    exploring salary and benefits of jobs in permanent and contract markets
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What's included

Live video & real-time interaction when remote
Hands-on exercises
individual & group
Signed certificate
upon completion
Handouts & slides
printed & digital
Q&A session
with experienced designer
Books & tools recommendations
Career advice
portfolio & job tips
One-to-one mentoring
(bookable separately)

Our 3000+ students come from different backgrounds and countries

Complete beginners, graphic / UX / UI designers, developers, PMs, BAs, marketers. From big companies and startups to independent freelancers – read student reviews

Our venue is just 5 minutes from central London

Our courses are run at Canada Water Library in London SE16 7AR. It's right outside Canada Water tube station, 5 minutes by tube from London Bridge.

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