By popular demand, I will present my first virtual UX design classes this month. They will be on September 10 and 11, and will cover four of my favorite UX design topics: Effective Scenarios, Effective Personas, Intuitive UI, and Effective Design Reviews. If you are new to these topics or want to revitalize your thinking, these classes are for you. I promise that you will think differently about these skills afterwards.
More coming soon! For general information about these and future virtual classes, please check http://virtual-ux.com.
Not your typical webinars
I understand what makes a successful virtual class, and learned how not to do it by attending a variety of free webinars. In a typical webinar, the material is superficial, the insights are few, and the participant interaction is non-existent. Frequently, the speakers blast through the material way too quickly, making them hard to follow. In short, I found them boring, ineffective, and not engaging. Their slides are visually beautiful though—which is little compensation.
I have taken several paid UX design courses on Udemy, and remain equally unimpressed.
Doing virtual training right!
A virtual class on UX should have a great user experience itself, so here is my approach:
Know your subject I will be presenting tools and techniques that I have 10+ years of experience using, plus 5+ years experience teaching. I know my stuff!
Say something insightful When I take a class, I want to learn something insightful so that I have a better understanding of the subject. The basic mechanics aren’t good enough. For example, with Effective Personas, you will learn what personas are and how to use them, but most importantly, you will learn why most persona efforts fail and how to make them successful.
Get to the point Without a doubt, the most common webinar mistake is to go on and on about introductory material that nobody cares about. Instead, I will get right down to business.
Keep it practical Practical examples help keep things real. If I know you can’t use it or most likely won’t use it, I won’t mention it. The impractical bores me!
Involve the participants I believe your participation is crucial for a successful, engaging class. Each class will have group discussions and at least one exercise. You will have the opportunity to participate in fun, practical ways.
Keep it short and engaging In a virtual class, if you are bored, you are done. I value your time, so I will spend just enough time to cover the subject well without feeling rushed.
Make it fun! We will have some fun discussions and do some makeovers. I want you to enjoy the experience and leave with a smile.
What people are saying
While the virtual class format is new, I have delivered these classes many times in person. Here is what people have been saying:
I couldn’t help but talking about everything I learned the moment I walked into my office this morning with my fellow interaction designers.
Amazing class! Drastically changed what I thought I knew about UI.
Answered the ambitious question with not only what an intuitive UI is, but how you can create one.
Changed the perspective on looking at the UI… very good session.
I learned a lot, and your talk has already helped me with a program I am writing.
Enjoyed the better codification of determining “intuitive” than what I’ve come up with over the years and the tools to help get buy-in from others.
Really enjoyed this class. Gave me a better understanding of UI. Everett was great!
Great class from Everett McKay on design reviews. I learnt something new!
Gave me a different perspective on UI design and reinforced thoughts I’ve had about the process. Thank you!
These are the first of many
My plan is to do at least one virtual class per month. If you would like updates on future classes, please join our mailing list or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to suggest new topics.
India Standard Time
I will do a special presentation of virtual class on Saturdays at 9 am India Standard Time (IST) especially for the Indian market. These will have a much lower price point, and a bit less gyaan. Of course, anyone can attend these, so feel free to register if this class time suits your needs.