I came to this workshop with very little knowledge of user interfaces; I basically thought I knew what “I liked” but didn’t have any guidelines to what good UI design elements consisted of. Our company is starting to rewrite our CRM and we needed a better understanding of UI design before we got started. Our old design was functional but our users needed extensive training for them to utilize all the features our CRM provided. UX Design Essentials Workshop couldn’t have come at a better time for our team; we’re now on the same page and our design principles are consistent. Everett, thank you!
Taking UX Design Essentials was one of the most substantial courses I've taken. As a traditional graphic designer for nearly 20 years, I was doing some UX in my design, but Everett helped me take my UX skills and user-centered design instincts to the next level.
Through his course I learned techniques for achieving optimal usability, including contextual inquiry, user testing, paper prototyping, personas, scenarios and more. As the author of the Windows User Experience Guidelines for Microsoft and a gifted teacher, Everett made the course comprehensive, informative, engaging, and perfectly paced.
Steven Galatz St Paul, MN
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.