In this accelerated certificate program you will learn the essential skills for becoming a successful graphic designer with an emphasis on interactive projects - user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design.
This program will set you on the path to becoming a skilled and marketable UI/UX (user interface/user experience) designer.
The user interface (UI) is the “look and feel” of an interactive tool such a website or mobile app. It's the first impression users get and the visual quality that's crucial to any project. The user experience (UX) is the art and science of "how" a user interacts and engages with the website or app.
Both the user interface and the user experience are critical to the success of any website or app and often a key competitive advantage. As such, people with these skills are in high demand in a rapidly growing industry.
Whether you are a total newbie to design looking to break into the field, a graphic designer looking to transition to websites and apps, or a person who works in the tech industry who would like to more fully understand UI/UX design, this course will give you valuable skills and relevant insight and help you to see the world of interactive design with a keener and more understanding eye and add your own unique voice to the mix.
You will learn to use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and a few other tools for UI/UX design and will get practical experience by designing your own logo, web pages, and mobile app. You'll gain real world skills and knowledge through hands-on exercises and careful examination of real-world products.
A creative mind, a love of technology and a willingness to make learning a lifelong pursuit.
There will be ample practice time to begin designing and developing your own website if so desired. Come prepared with a concept and any graphic and content material to best make use of your time.
BDA provides an iMac workstation when necessary, but you may prefer to bring your own computer. If you do, you will need:
BDA is committed to making learning process as enjoyable as possible and making sure that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who answer questions you might have and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns.
We'll kick off with some networking; who's who, what you know, why you're here. Then we'll go over what the class will cover, the structure and methodology.10am - 11am: Tools of the Trade
Before we start learning design principles, we'll go over the different tools available for designers today. We'll learn specifically how to choose the right application, with a particular focus on Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and their strengths and weaknesses.11am - 12pm: Let's Talk About Code Baby
A brief overview of how the web & apps work so you can sound smart when talking to programmers. Or at least somewhat smart.
12pm - 1pm: Lunch Break
The remainder of the day will be devoted to learning the principles of good design and practicing good design by creating your own logos. Each section covers theory, examples & resources and will end with a lesson in Adobe Illustrator and practice time for work on your designs.1pm - 2pm: Typography
Typography will make or break a design. We will cover the important terminology in typography, font licensing and where and how to find & use modern and appropriate fonts for your design.2pm - 3pm: Shape
Shape determines the relationship of design elements to the space around it. We will touch on the applications of shape to design & learn how to create and manipulate shapes in Illustrator (including how to master that pesky pen tool!).3pm - 4pm: Color
Color sets the mood for any design. We will go over color theory, color use in design (especially for the web & apps) and learn how to use Adobe Illustrator's powerful coloring tools.4pm - 5pm: Work Time
A review of the essential aspects of creating compelling and useful UI/UX design, including thoroughness, simplicity, usability, engagement, device consideration, code consideration, notes and delivery.10am - 11am: UI/UX Process
Good design doesn't happen spontaneously but is born of an informed process. We will learn a basic and reliable workflow for designing great interfaces from start to finish and will learn about the value and role of the UI/UX designer while we're at it.11am - 12pm: User Story Practicum
The core of every website and product is having a clear and cohesive set of requirements and being able to organize those requirements into intuitive and thorough pages. We will learn how to write user stories and create clear information architecture for web and app development products.
12pm - 1pm: Lunch Break1pm - 2pm: Grids
Grids create visual structure and organization and are fundamental to good UI/UX design. We will learn about different grid systems and how to use them to create designs that are a great relief for users and developers.2pm - 3pm: Grids Practicum
We will practice designing with grids by starting a simple splash page with the designs we began on Monday.3pm - 5pm: User Stories
We will review how to create user stories for an app and then have work time to make our app user stories. We will then share and critique user story sets.
Any good app is based upon research and knowledge of current trends affecting the design industry and the specific industry for which the product is being created. We will learn where and how to find inspiration and research material related to our UI/UX designs and will gather them together into an Illustrator document.10am - 12pm: Tapflows
Tapflows are the mobile version of information architecture (called site maps on the web). They're crucial to a project and give a simplified overview of an app that can be referred to throughout the design/development process to keep the project on track and organized. We will create tapflows for our apps using the latest wireframing software.
12pm - 1pm: Lunch Break1pm - 2pm: Good Apples, Bad Apples
In this session we will put everything we've learned thus far about Design Principles and UI/UX to use to critique popular apps and websites and reveal their flaws and strengths. This exercise builds the type of seeing and thinking that separates excellent designers from average ones.2pm - 3pm: Wireframing Intro
We will go over the art and science behind wireframing and learn how to use the latest wireframing software to create thorough and effective wireframes.3pm - 4:30pm: Wireframing Worktime
Create wireframes for your app and get individual feedback and questions answered.4:30pm - 5pm: Critique & Review
A review session to go over wireframes and learn from critiquing strengths and areas for improvement.
Wireframing is where all the UI/UX magic comes together so we’ll spend plenty of time working on our app wireframes and the instructor will come around during this time to give in-depth, individualized feedback.11am - 12pm: Visual Design Process
An in-depth overview of important tools and techniques in Illustrator that will help you create modern, effective, beautiful and manageable design files.
12pm - 1pm: Lunch Break1pm - 1:30pm: Visual Design Trends, Texture and Depth
Modern design relies heavily on the use of subtle texture to create visual richness in a 2D world. We will learn how to add elegant depth to designs with the applications of shadows, gradients and other textural treatments.1:30pm - 2:30pm: Visual Design Illustrator Skills
Learn some more Illustrator skills that will be useful for visual design such as adding multiple fills, gradients and patterns, adding shading and using the opacity mask.2:30pm - 5pm: Visual Design Work Time and Consultations
Work on creating the visual design for your mobile app including making a splash screen, home page, other main nav pages.
How to design an app icon. Learn how to deliver your designs in a way that will make developers & business owners love you and ensure the final app look as close to your design as possible.10am - 11am: Work Session
Work on any of the designs you have created this week and get personalized feedback on areas of strength and improvement as well as time to ask any questions or get help overcoming areas where you are blocked.11am - 12pm: Tips and Tricks for Getting Hired & Rehired + The Future of Design
Practical advice from the trenches on what people look for most in UI/UX designers before the job begins and what keeps clients and bosses happy and satisfied during a project.
12pm - 1pm: Lunch Break1pm - 3pm: Final Work Session and Consultation
Work on any of the designs you have created this week and get personalized feedback on areas of strength and improvement as well as time to ask any questions or get help overcoming areas where you are blocked.
3pm - 4pm: Show Your Work!4pm - 5pm: End of Course Review and Goodbyes
We will review the important points covered in the course, talk about further resources for learning and celebrate our growth as designers throughout the week.
Alyssa Reese is a UI/UX designer who has worked on products for over 30 startup companies while at several agencies and most recently in her own design agency, founded in 2011. An entrepreneur herself, her first company was Plebeian Apps, which is still creating mobile apps for Android and iPhone. As Creative Director at her design firm fleetCreature, she organizes a team of project managers, designers and developers in an innovative environment to create mobile and web designs for startups and other organizations all over the world including in Vancouver, London, Hawaii, Texas, San Francisco, Peru and Boulder.
Alyssa has a history working with a multitude of developers, new businesses and emerging designers. She specializes in aiding the learning process of creative individuals as they break into and navigate the often overwhelming world of technology innovation and design.
This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Arapahoe Studio classroom.
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