Intro to User Experience (UX) | Harrisonburg

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This class is a 1-session class in Harrisonburg running on February 24 from 10am - 4pm. There will be a break for lunch from 12pm - 1pm.

At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we’re designing--a website, an Android app, or a toaster--we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.

By the end of this class, you’ll also learn tips and techniques to address the following:

• Fundamental concepts of user experience design

• How to find out who your users are

• Creating user personas

• Identifying usability problems and prioritizing solutions

• How to design and run usability tests

• Getting useful feedback from your users

• Information Architecture and interaction design

This is a hands on course which will give you actionable tools to get started with user experience in your work day!

Tech Requirements:

• Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

About Your Instructors:

Katherine Yoder -
After graduating with a BA in Women’s Studies, Peace Studies & Psychology, Katherine received her degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design and spent 10 years designing clothes for Eileen Fisher in New York. While at Eileen Fisher, Katherine discovered UX Design and got her UX certification at General Assembly. She has designed native apps at Ghost Note Agency and LivingSocial in Washington DC and is now a UX Designer at Jenzabar in Harrisonburg.

Chris OBrien
Chris is the UX Team Lead at Jenzabar. In addition to founding the UX Team at Jenzabar, he has 15+ years of experience leading web design projects for higher education. Chris loves discovering and learning about the next big thing teams, products and projects need.

Code of Conduct

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (


We have a limited number of scholarships to offer. Our goal is to be a sustainable organization that offers low-cost web development classes to women. With that in mind, if there's a class that you want to attend but cannot afford for financial reasons, please apply for a scholarship (

For this class, the scholarship application deadline is February 19, 2017.


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