I have been doing user experience design for several years, and fell into the field by accident. This course has been useful at both a functional and detailed level of best practices in UX. Practical exercises combined with real-world examples of good vs. bad UX provide insights for how I can influence good design principles on my team at work.
UX Design Essentials workshop was very helpful in improving my web and UI design process. As an experienced visual designer, I often get caught up with current web design trends and forget that the user must have a simple, functional, and useful experience on our site. This class has helped me develop proactive tools that I can use to determine if my design will meet our users’ expectations as well as our style and brand expectations BEFORE I start my visual design process. I found in particular that understanding the concept of scenarios and personas was very important and may completely change my workflow!
Genevieve Nadeau Manwin Canada
UX Design Essentials is a much more holistic approach to design than I was expecting. I've learn quite a bit in this course, but most of all, I feel better equipped to make good UX decisions as well as discuss and justify those decisions to my team and our stakeholders.
On November 14, 2013, 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.