Everett has done an amazing job of being the go-to guy at Microsoft for many years and multiple releases of Windows (in all the many flavors) when it comes to user experience guidelines and standardization across the company.
Frank Bisono, Senior Information Architect Lead, Expedia
UX Design Essentials exceeded my expectations. As a result of this class, I feel that I have a much better understanding of the importance of employing good design principles. I learned that you can quickly assess a design by listening to someone explain its purpose to determine what's needed or not. The emphasis on scenario-based design and always thinking about how and why users perform tasks is upper-most in my mind. I loved the "learn by doing" approach and found the exercises an effective means of learning the design principles taught in the class. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to improve their designs. I recommended host a UX Design Essentials Workshop to my boss.
On November 14, 2012, I presented "Great UX without time, money, or design skills" to the Stanford Igniters in Mountain View, CA. Here is a summary of the presentation, plus a link to the deck and various related resources.