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Intro to Designing User Experiences

Want to design your application in a way that’ll make sense to your users? Not only that, how about if it delights, wows, and keeps your users coming back for more? After all, you want to make sure you’re building something people will actually want to use, right?

This will be a highly interactive and collaborative workshop covering User Experience Design. UX Design is prominent in the creation of any product, including websites and mobile applications. You’ll be introduced to the principles and process of UX Design. This workshop will include brainstorming sessions, design prototyping, visual design trends, and user testing. You'll work on group projects developing a product right from the outset through several deliverables to a final design.

We’ll start right at 10 am, have lunch a little after 12pm, and wrap up at 6 pm. (Lunch is included). Please make sure you stay till the very end (6 pm) because you'll be working on group projects throughout.

There are no prerequisites for this workshop, and a computer is not needed. You will not be learning software tools, but rather principles, methodologies, and process. Come with an open mind, and we'll teach you what you need to know to get started with UX Design!

This workshop will be taught by Gwen Brinsmead, a UI/UX designer at CircuitHub, and Sheba Najmi, a former Design Lead for Yahoo! Mail and an IxDA Award winning Code for America 2012 Fellow.

Here's what GDI members said about our last UX workshop:

"Thank you guys for a great workshop! It was great to not only meet everyone but the information itself was exactly what I was after in terms of gaining introductory knowledge of UX!" - Katya

"This was a really useful introductory class. The teachers, Gwen and Sheba, were clearly very knowledgable in their field, and presented the material in an accessible format. They provided just enough information for an intro class, and I was never bored. I highly recommend this class." - Rachel

“The Meetup was great - such a rich and powerful experience and everyone involved with the teaching was excellent!” - Karen

“Great overview of current UX best practices. Projects were well chosen with realistic deliverables. Really useful workshop, good group of attendees and lots of fun!” - Monique

“Fantastic class! Well organized and run. Instructors were packed full of information and led us through hands-on activities. I would highly recommend this for everyone.” - Adria

“It was wonderful meeting all you ladies. The hosts were wonderful and the project was fun! Please put on another UX workshop! :)” - Soo

Thank you to StartupHouse for the great space.

If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, please request a GDI scholarship.

Please note that we cannot issue refunds, since there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low-cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.

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  • Bri

    This was such a great workshop! The lectures, exercises, and resources were current and applicable for designing for all platforms, but specifically apps/iOS. Also the materials were very well prepared and organized. Thank you!

    December 16, 2013

  • Wendy D.

    This was an all-around great experience! Super interesting, and the instructors were stellar.

    December 16, 2013

  • Lisa R.

    I highly recommend this class! Enjoyed the lectures and group project very much.

    December 16, 2013

  • MichelleY

    This was a great class, learned a lot and met some great people. Will sign up for more in the future.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun, great idea to do projects in teams. Fun to see what everyone comes up with.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How's parking over there?

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a rookie when it comes to coding. I am an elementary school teacher pursuing an MS in Educational Technology (that is how I got interested in coding). Would I be able to take this class? In other words, would it be appropriate for someone at my beginning level to take this class? Or is this meant for individuals who have prior experience in the field? Please let me know :)


    November 16, 2013

    • SN

      No prerequisites. You definitely don't need to know how to code at all!

      November 16, 2013

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