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UX Design in San Francisco

UX Design in San Francisco

(Elective Course)

During our time together we will use San Francisco (and the unique elements that make the area a center of innovation and technology) to help you develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills in User Experience (UX) design.

In a short period of time, students will be exposed to foundations in visual and communication design (which form the building blocks of any digital interface), practice concepting and prototyping techniques (to make ideas tangible), and gain exposure to common UX artifacts like information architecture (IA) diagrams and user flows (which are used to build digital products).

In the process of learning techniques in UX Design, you will more broadly be exploring the UX Design process. The UX Design process emphasizes collaboration and rapid iteration – expressing and testing ideas with an audience in a virtuous cycle. This course will require extensive exploration, creation, experimentation, and communication. 

The course is topical in nature and is intended for those who are new to UX (and design in general) to be able to understand the core components and be fluent in the language in UX Design and what goes into building intuitive digital experiences. After the week you will certainly not walk away as a "full-stack' designer, but will be equipped with foundations, tools, and mindsets in design that can be applied within various contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore foundations in visual design and communication such as Typography, Iconography, Grids, Layouts and Hierarchy, Color Theory.
  • Understand the UX Design process and how user research and validation is used to build digital applications.
  • Practice common UX Design concepting techniques such as storyboarding and wireframing.
  • Be familiar with common UX Design artifacts (e.g. User Journeys, User Flows, IA Diagrams, Clickable prototypes) that are created and used as a part of the UX Design process to build and communicate designs.
  • Understand common design tools UX designers leverage to build digital products