I had a great experience taking the UX Design Essentials course offered by UX Design Edge. It gave me the confidence to make decisions related to UX design in my current work and know I was making the right choice.
I have attended other seminars and courses on UX and most were more theory or research based. This course was much more "hands-on" and better in terms of getting me started in UX design, giving me more confidence in my design decisions and having reasons why to back it up should I need to influence others within my team.
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.
I just finished the best training course I have ever had in my 20+ years of working in IT. I had to adjust my schedule twice to get to it and I only regret not making this course a priority to take it sooner. I promise that you will leave knowing so much more about UX design and being able to apply what you learned the very next day.
The course is not full of just “chatter” about UX Design but real rules and guidelines that can be applied to your company. Everett takes you from a mere suggestion of a project through multiple group exercises that utilizes the building blocks he provides to creating a final visual mock-up design. Then it is evaluated by your class and his expert eye. This is NOT one of those courses that you just sit and see countless slides and stare at your phone wishing the day was over. His "UI is Communication" book is also a great resource for when you get back to work.
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.