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UX: Introduction to Interaction Design

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“Software should behave like a considerate human being.”–Alan Cooper

Most of us have had the unfortunate experience where a mobile device, application or website fails to behave as we anticipate. These mishaps can be frustrating, time-wasting and always seem to impact us at the worst times – when we are rushing to get somewhere or have to get something done.

People are clicking, tapping, pinching, swiping or speaking more and more in an effort to make their lives easier, yet many us find our needs unsatisfied.

Today’s designers and developers are defining the digital products and services that we live with and depend on. Interaction design is the practice that determines the visuals, behaviors, animations, sounds and ways people interact within these digital ecosystems.

In this weekend workshop, Bern and Anita will introduce you to the foundations of interaction design, and help you understand the basics of what makes something good to use, as well as the science behind the human mind that can inform your next project.

This workshop is for designers and developers who want to:
* Create thoughtful and considerate products that improve people’s lives
* Learn about fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) science
* Remove the guesswork from design decision-making

This course meets for two full day sessions:
* Saturday, March 11
* Sunday, March 12

Class 1 – Saturday, March 11, 9:30-4:30pm

Interaction Design Basics
* What is Interaction Design (IxD)?
* Role of the Interaction Designer
* IxD and How it fits with UX

An introduction to HCI Principles
* The Human Mind and the Computer (HCI)
* Thought leaders and frameworks (Cooper, Moggridge, Norman)
* Evaluating Experiences through Heuristic Evaluation

Class 2 – Sunday, March 12, 9:30-4:30pm

A deeper dive on Mobile Interaction Design
* Considerations of device and context
* Usability and Design Principles in Mobile environments
* Team exercise – that’s right, let’s make something together!


This is a great class for beginners! There are no prerequisites.

What to bring

All you need to bring is a way for you to take notes in the class - that can be a computer, a tablet, or a notepad and pen/pencil. Unless you want to use your computer to take notes, you don't need a computer for this class.


If you are unable to afford the class fee, you can apply for a scholarship to attend this class. Complete our scholarship form ( to apply. Scholarships are awarded 1 week before the first class session.

Also, you can earn free classes by participating as a Teaching Assistant. Every hour you spend volunteering as a TA earns you a free hour of class time! Get more details and sign up to be a TA at our Get Involved page.


We’re here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.

No Refunds

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! If the class is cancelled or rescheduled, we'll offer refunds to anyone who registered and paid.

Other Disclaimers

Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. We want to make sure everyone can participate!


This workshop is sponsored and hosted by Velvet Hammer.

About Your Instructors

Bernadette Irizarry

A creative leader with her roots in graphic design and sculpture, Bern has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. As the founder and CEO of Velvet Hammer Design she has researched and developed award-winning products and experiences, and relishes juicy problems that are best solved through equal parts creativity and business discipline.

Bern holds two patents in color selection methods and founded the Los Angeles Ladies that UX Chapter. She actively speaks on empathy, branding and high-performance teams. You can see her most recent empathy talk at . Bern strives for integration in her life, and combines a passion for brain science with her greatest passion, parenting her seven-year-old son.

Anita Cheng

Anita is a former cancer scientist who went into tech to help people faster. She dabbled in medical illustration, graphic design, then web design before discovering UX. She is currently an Information Architect and UX Developer at the City of LA Dept of Building and Safety. She started her web design career with HTML/CSS, and has added JQuery, WordPress, and ASP.NET ( to her skills.

Everyone is welcome to attend our classes and events - we are women-inclusive, not women-exclusive. All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (