I recently took part in General Assembly’s ‘User Experience Design’ Course. I found the whole experience extremely rewarding. The skills I learn’t have had a considerable effect on my approach to web design (and perhaps design in general).
The field of user experience design, or more specifically user-centered design is a very pure design practice. Despite there being some big ego’s in the UX community, I think creating a design that is ‘user-centered’ ultimately removes the designers ego from the equation more than any other field I’ve been involved in, which felt healthy and refreshing. A design methodology focused on listening, rather than telling.
The major component of the course was a major UX design project of your own choosing. I chose to explore an idea I had for a mobile app which takes articles from the web and allows the user to switch from reading them to listening to them. Essentially 2 modes. The problems I focused on solving were the interruption of the reading experience and losing your place in long articles when reading over a number of days/weeks.
You can download the slides from my presentation in the last class here. Naturally, I’m interested to hear your feedback!Tags: Apps, Design, General Assembly, Readon, User Experience Design
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