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28 points • proce55or
Which MOOC UX design course/degree might be better?
To anyone who has done any of those courses/nanodegrees. Which one might be better:
User Experience (UX) Research and Design (9 parts nano-degree: https://www.edx.org/micromasters/michiganx-user-experience-ux-research-and-design) - The University of Michigan
Interaction Design Specialization (8 parts specialisation: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design) - UC San Diego
21 points • elusive_1
Good crash-courses on UX
I've been really interested in pursuing this field further - that said there are a million and one crash courses for UX.
I am mainly interested in UX research, but have almost 0 statistics experience at this point. I know the field contextually through my education (psych-related) and a few people close to me, so my sights are set on this (I'm not looking for something that's there to explain the subcategories of UX to me).
The course that's piqued my interest is https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design...are there any other suggestions in mind?
5 points • sharpxp
Anthropologist trying to break into UX design or research
My question is what else should I be doing to prepare myself for a UX career? Considering my coding skills and photoshop skills aren’t really where I’d like them to be, should I focus more on this? Should I pay for a bootcamp? I’m already in a lot of debt and come from a poor family so I don’t really have the money for a bootcamp...but I think the structure would be good for me. I am trying to get into UX as soon as possible - currently stuck in a PhD program and it’s slowly killing me and I need to get out soon (no this is not the only reason I want to do UX. I’ve actually been interested in it for a while and have been told my anthropology degree and research xp might actually help me).
57 points • proce55or
2 FREE user experience research and design courses
I am not in the business, but looking for some other learning materials I have found 2 online course which might interest you.
So, the first one "User Experience (UX) Research and Design" from the University of Michigan is a free 9 parts course staring this October and the last one from this series in July 2017 but you can enroll on every each one at the same time right now:
If you need a certificate, you can pay $99 per each plus $249 for the last one, but as I said it's a free course.
The second one it's actually 8 parts specialization, it's $280 but there's a free option. So this is the course: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design if you want to pay for a certificate.
But if you want to see just all the learning materials, this is what you need to do. Go to every each link below and on the left just click "Enroll now" and then "Audit only".
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/human-computer-interaction (Human-Centered Design: an Introduction)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/design-principles(Design Principles: an Introduction)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/social-computing (Social Computing)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/interaction-techniques (Input and Interaction)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/user-research (User Experience: Research & Prototyping)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/infodesign (Information Design)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/designexperiments (Designing, Running, and Analyzing Experiments)
- https://www.coursera.org/learn/interaction-design-capstone - Interaction Design Capstone Project! I hope this will help.
2 points • chromarush
For those interested: Online Interaction Design Specialization by Coursera starts tomorrow
2 points • oddible
Highly recommend the Scott Klemmer @ UC San Diego's courses on Coursera. I've hear the U of Mich courses are good too.
2 points • sharpxp
My question is what else should I be doing to prepare myself for a UX career? Considering my coding skills and photoshop skills aren’t really where I’d like them to be, should I focus more on this? Should I pay for a bootcamp? I’m already in a lot of debt and come from a poor family so I don’t really have the money for a bootcamp...but I think the structure would be good for me. I am trying to get into UX as soon as possible - currently stuck in a PhD program and it’s slowly killing me and I need to get out.
2 points • rogue_of_the_year
This one giantmnm https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design becaue the paid one offers the capstone project which is the main thing I am looking for.
2 points • oddible
Coursera has some amazing courses to start.
Udemy is also another great resource.
9 points • error23_
Coursera or General Assembly?
Hello everyone, first time posting here. I apologize in advance for yet another post about education but after reading throughout the multitude of comments and questions made on this sub by other students, I've reduced my choices to either taking part of the Coursera's class (Interaction Design Specialization, 7 courses £184) or join the General Assembly's online course (User Experience Design, $850).
There's a good amount of posts about GA but the community seems to be splitted. Some says it's bad and a waste of money, some says it's good and it's a great course to start with the basic of the field. Also there are less posts about Coursera so it's harder to choose which one is better for me.
Yes, I know that having a strong portfolio is almost all that matters, and that there's a lot to do if you want to work in this field, but I think that it's also important to have at least some kind of certification in your resume, and studying as a self-taught is not always easy.
I've a BSc in cognitive psychology with a focus on HMI and I've good knowledge of design (worked as freelancer graphic designer for some time). I'm looking for a career in the UX/UI field obviously.
Should I go with Coursera or GA? What's the difference between them?
Any other suggestions?
^Thanks ^for ^taking ^the ^time ^to ^read ^this ^even ^if ^the ^sub ^is ^saturated ^with ^similar ^posts.
1 points • Zenthemptist
The coursera classes at https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design seems to have gained a lot of praise, if they are the type of resource that you are looking for.
1 points • 1weetwoot
I'm currently taking this Coursera specialization as part of my self-study: UC San Diego Interaction Design. I have been browsing people's LinkedIn profiles to see their career tracks, and I noticed UX designers are putting this course both in the Certificates and Education section like this:
- University of California, San Diego- Interaction Design Certificate
- Interaction Design Specialization- Coursera Course Certificates
To a recruiter, is this technically correct? I've seen at least 10 profiles like this. To me, being enrolled on Coursera isn't the same as being enrolled at UCSD, but I could just be selling myself short.
1 points • corathaexplora
I am relatively new to UX and I come from a Industrial Design background so I am completely opposite of you. In my experience I would say the software tools you need to learn are Sketch (industry standard) some basic Adobe Illustrator, maybe photoshop, i like using animation tools to express interaction so I have learned principle and adobe after effects. The tools will only get you so far, if you want to know UX you need to understand the research process and what user experience is. I don't recommend reading books but rather taking an online course I took a course on Coursera called the interaction design specialization
This course was really good for absolute beginners and only $39 a month which is incredibly cheap. It teaches you the research process, the definition of user centered design, and also has a capstone project at the end.
1 points • kuyanextdoor
I can't vouch sa quality ng Lynda.com but my friends took some lessons in edx and coursera. Take a look at this course from coursera if you're interested.
1 points • pac614
coursera has a great set of introductory materials [here] by UCSD (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design)
HCI is more about switching your problem-solving approach to more user-centered perspectives than system (or algorithm) first approach.
3 points • yang2k20
Is a Coursera UX design course (UC San Diego) worth it?
Did anyone here complete this, and if so, what are your thoughts? Is it possible to find any job in the field if you knew nothing about the subject in before enrolling?
1 points • geraldina_k
Interaction Design Specialization from Coursera/UCSD Design Lab - thoughts/reviews?
Hi! I apologize if this one has been covered before, but I couldn't find much in search.
On 11/28, Coursera is starting the UCSD Interaction Design Specialization: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design
Has anyone taken this? Any reviews on it?
I'm a graphic/web designer and digital analyst with a marketing background looking for comprehensive UX courses that offer feedback. I've taken a few free courses here and there but most of them just scratched the surface.
2 points • dodd1331
If the research project is relevant to user experience and there is overlap between your application of research and value employers might find then I'd say go for it. Just be transparent that it was a non-commercial endeavor.
Another approach for getting more portfolio pieces and UX experience might be to do a MooC. The University of Michigan has a UX Research and Design micomasters which is very good, plus at the end of it you have a capstone project to showcase and certificate from UofM School of Information which might be a CV boost.
UCSD also has a good Interaction Design program
4 points • Kidcurry
UX/UI Design- Self Learning Path
So I, along with the rest of the world apparently (for good reason!), have recently decided to pivot to UX/UI Design. I've read a bunch of UX/UI articles on medium, have read almost every relevant thread on this subreddit, gone through the wiki, and in general have done a bunch of research.
I just wanted to run my plan by you guys, so I can get feedback as to what I am doing wrong/right.
I plan on using as many free/low cost resources as I can. At the end of all this, I hope to have the skills to put together a competitive portfolio.
Step 1 (in progress): Foundation of UX principles
I think I may need some more courses in this area.
Step 3: Learn Sketch / Axure / Balsamiq Mockups
Not sure how these courses are regarded because Lynda doesn't have any reviews. I am open to any alternatives.
Step 4: Create portfolio
Of course, along the way I will be reading all the UX books I should be reading.
1 points • caturdaymews
Hi, I'm currently a UX Writer/Content Designer looking to specialize further in UX Design. My goals are to have a better knowledge base of UX Design, to build portfolio pieces to highlight my skill set, and eventually continue my UX career into UX Design. After a lot of research, I think the UC San Diego offerings are within in my budget, content needs, and time frames but I've found two seemingly similar programs from them with different titles and price points.
UC San Diego Extension User Experience Design Certificate Cost $5400 Time Est 15-21 Months
Coursera UC San Diego Interaction Design Specialization Cost $39/ month (roughly $460/year) Time Est 8-12 months
They are wildly different price points for seemingly similar content from the same University. I'm hopeful someone will have insight on the program differences and quality and/or a recommendation on which to pursue.
1 points • sergueiorozco
1 points • oddible
The UCSD Coursera HCI courses are supposed to be quite good:
1 points • ed_menac
Oh great. It opens up your options a lot if you can get your company to fork out for a paid course.
I did something similar to this HCI course a while ago which was a decent grounding in the basics of UX. It was the same professor, but slightly older syllabus. Mostly emphasizes usability, human perception, and best practice in interactive systems.
If you're more into the visual, graphic design / UI side of things, this course 'Learn UI design' is meant to be great (though I can't afford it!)
1 points • Valhalla1759
Sorry for the late response, got home later than I'd have liked...bad rain and wind last night.
Anywho it appears I was incorrect and you do have to pay to access the content, but it still might be worth looking into:
I really like Scott Klemmer, I believe I first found out about him on this sub. This specialization course seems to be highly regarded so it might be worth your time and money. I found the assignments to be interesting but the feedback on them slightly lacking. I think you can purchase each course individually, or subscribe month-to-month and following along.
Here's another option that actually is free:
It's pretty basic but still a place to get started.
Hope this helps!
1 points • kostiantyn_hladkov
You can learn in 3 ways:
- Courses. For example, Coursera – Interaction Design Specialization
- Find a mentor. It allows to skip many problem points and accelerate your growth.
- Start from the practice.
Third way works well if you focus not to the tone of theory and books, but to practice. Project topics could be everything around you: from new website for kindergarten near your home to application that will solve some needs for specific group of people.
For example, I start teach my students from simple project: create the mobile app for a toaster, or create wish-list app. It seems simple, however, you should read how you can gather information about what users want, how you can earn money on that, who are competitors. And with these questions you go to https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ and read. Why that way betters? Because, you don't read theory, but looking for the answers and take only important things. After 10 projects you will understand more than 10 theoretical books.
I recommend start from the book Sprint (Google), and "Mom's Test".
1 points • MyCrookedMouth
Cog-sci is probably more valuable in UX than CS - UX is about Human interaction after all.
Yes, you'll need a portfolio to have any chance of an interview for the vast majority of UX postings. UX is relatively new and very hot right now, and therefore competitive. Many organizations hiring UX don't really understand the skillset aside from making websites more efficient.
As you begin to explore the field, bear in mind that UX is not some monolithic practice, you can generalize or specialize in research, UI design, information architecture, interaction design, and more. Keep your horizons broad at this point and see what you enjoy.
Get a head start by subscribing to NNg
Some online resources:
3 points • MartinMystikJonas
1 points • serendeepty
Thank you for your honesty, that actually helped a lot!
I was also looking into this course at EdX and CourseRA. Do you know anyone who has taken these courses? I am mainly looking at the UCSD or the UoM one.
Both focus on UX Design/Research, but if I wanted to go into research, I wanted something more in-depth. Since I don't have an intensive research background, do you think that by taking one of these courses would be beneficial for my career? As of right now, I can start looking for entry-level research positions to get some hands-on experience as well.
1 points • escapedpixels
Coursera's UX course from UMich or UC San Diego?
Context: I'm quite new to UX. I'm already taking an online UX course but I don't like it (it had pretty good reviews too, so I'm disappointed), so I'm looking to jump to another course. I know there's many boards out there but I haven't had any concrete answers from those boards.
UC San Diego: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design
The other popular suggestion I've seen is IDF. If I need to take ONE online course to learn all about UX, what would it be? (Other suggestions also welcome.)
3 points • sergueiorozco
https://uxdesign.cc/ — Articles (Free)
https://www.designbetter.co/ — Books (Free)
https://muz.li/ — Inspiration (Free)
https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design — Course (Free & Paid)
1 points • viditb
Woah! That’s a terrible experience, you should definitely get a refund!
Some online resources which may help you: Coursera has a very good Introductory course on UI and UX design, with topics ranging from prototyping, wireframing & user studies. Attended the course a couple years ago, and it’s been incredibly useful! https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design
Butterick’s practical typography website is a great resource for Typography studies https://practicaltypography.com/
Nielsen Norman Group’s articles often have great insights on interface design: https://www.nngroup.com/
If you’re designing for a specific platform, you could read their human interface guidelines, which provide a lot of practical help. https://developer.apple.com/design/ (Make sure to watch their WWDC sessions, which often talk about basic principles in UI Designs)
If you haven’t already, check out the Design of everyday things by Don Norman. It’s definitely worth reading to get a hang of basic design principles. https://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Revised-Expanded/dp/0465050654/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540074486&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=design+of+everyday+things&dpPl=1&dpID=410RTQezHYL&ref=plSrch
0 points • innagirl13
What are the best options for becoming a certificated UX designer?
I have been talking to my employer about taking some time off work or switch to part time, so I can do a UX course in the very near future. For months now, I've looked at the General Assembly's User Experience Design Immersive course (I live in London, btw), and even though initially my manager said he didn't see a problem with me leaving for a while to study (I said I could combine work & study - as intensive as it might be, I'll give up on the idea of a relaxing weekend), after all he's not sure the actual company owner would be happy with me to leave for 2 months and a half. He heard the course, even though it's advertised as 9am-5pm M-F, it actually needs your time all day long, all week long. The next course will take place in between August 1st - October 7th.
He still is to talk to the company owner and give me a final answer about what's going to happen, and asked me if meanwhile I could look out there to see what other options there are.
So, I've put together a list of "options", and I would like everyone's input on this too:
I found this after looking on this subreddit at what other people talk about courses. But I think my situation is a bit different. They talk about "maybe doing this / that course", and I feel like I need advice from people who have actually been through this.
TL:DR; I have been a web developer (and sometime designer too) at this company for 2 years (hired right after finishing BSc Web Design and Development). I want to learn more about and transition into UX - I'm more passionate about designing than coding. Initially my manager thought 2 months time off (work part time - evenings / weekends) would be fine - but it might not be fine from the point of view of the company owner. Regarding money, I could even fund the GA course myself - but if I do so I need my employer to keep paying me my full time salary. I also told them if they pay for the course I can sign a contract saying that I'm definitely not leaving from them for the next year or so.
I know I'd feel disappointed if GA didn't happen after all - because I've had it on my mind for many months now, other people have made it seem awesome - the course, intensity, networking, projects... But maybe I don't know, maybe there's something better out there! Can I get advice and stories about your situations - people who have already done some courses, or people who have done this while having a job as well, people who have negotiated with their employer?
Thank you so much!
1 points • guiksr
No, I don't have a degree and I'm a college dropout, but I have some links for you :)
I'm currently working through a self learning design/code curriculum, those are some courses that you may find helpful.
I recommend that you throw some books in the mix.
If you are like me and see value on learning how to code to build your own products and/or bridge the design development gap, I would recommend www.theodinproject.com/
There are so many amazing content to learn online, and I'm actually pretty jealous from the educational resources that the CS and Programming community have made, look there is a free open-source CS Curriculums https://github.com/ossu
Maybe the design community should get together to build a path for a more tradicional design education. I would like to be part of it!
1 points • fungi43
Some of the programs I'm aware of include
Interaction Design Foundation: https://www.interaction-design.org/
UX Design Institute: https://www.uxdesigninstitute.com/
IDEO (various certifications): https://www.ideou.com/pages/design-thinking-certificate
EdX (Micromasters in design thinking): https://www.edx.org/micromasters/design-thinking
UC San Diago (offered through Coursera): https://www.coursera.org/specializations/interaction-design
CareerFoundry ( https://careerfoundry.com/en/courses/become-a-ux-designer/
1 points • AgentXTree
>good eye for website design
Let me save you from this idea. Design is not about aesthetics. Design is about problem-solving.
Web designers place too much emphasis on aesthetics. They play a fairly diminished role overall. That's not to say that problems are never solved by aesthetics (e.g., luxury brands), but most of the time they're simply not that important beyond "good enough" (i.e., simple, clean, and stays out of the way of the user completing tasks).
That said, here are some resources.
- BOOK: The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett. This particular books provides an excellent framework for thinking about websites. It specifically focuses on UX Design. It's one of the most important books that I've read.
- BOOK: Graphic Design Thinking by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. This teaches you Design Thinking and Graphic Design concurrently.
- BOOK: Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Eupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. By the duo above, a basic introduction to graphic design.
- BOOK: The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams. This is great book on basic Graphic Design.
- BOOK: Design: A Very Short Introduction by John Heskett. A good introduction to Design as a broader discipline. It's good for helping understanding that design is much more than aesthetics.
- BOOK: Typography Workbook by Timothy Samara. One of the best books on typography that I've come across.
- BOOK: The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. Considered by many to be one of the key texts for designers, across all disciplines, to read. It promotes a user-centered design approach.
- COURSE: Graphic Design Specialization on Coursera.
- COURSE: Interaction Design Specialization on Coursera.
- COURSE: UI/UX Design Specialization on Coursera.
- WEBSITE: Smashing Magazine. Great resources on web design in general.
- WEBSITE: A List Apart. While I don't see it recommended much anymore, they were the one who popularized responsive design.
- WEBSITE: Nielsen-Norman Group. They place a strong emphasis on user-centered design. The Norman in the name is Donald Norman from above.
Communication (Soft Skills)
- BOOK: Writing for Multimedia and the Web by Timothy Garrand. Writing is one of the most important tools we can developed. That's because communication is so fundamental to everything we do.
Business (Soft Skills)
- BOOK: Value-Based Fees by Alan Weiss. This is primarily about how to price services based on value rather than time and other approaches. You'll find that value is a fundamental concept in business, so it's helpful to be business savvy even if you're not on the business side of things.
- BOOK: Jobs to Be Done by Stephen Wunker and Jessica Wattman. This book is focused on marketing, particularly knowing your customers, but the jobs-to-be-done concept is actually quite helpful in a design context (e.g., What are your users trying to get done on your website?).
- COURSE: Digital Marketing Specialization on Coursera.