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Building your UX skills is smart and we're here to help. Feel free to call us with any questions you might have.

There is a lot of material available to help you learn UX concepts and techniques. Here area some of the ones we think you might find helpful. If there are other resources you have found to be particularly valuable, please let us know.

Training Classes

We offer classes on the full spectrum of user experience design, from introductory concepts and design thinking to practical tools and techniques. Classes offered in 2017 include:

  • Introduction to User Experience Design

  • Introduction to Web Accessibility (with special guests from the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

  • Usability Testing: How to Conduct Tests at Any Stage of Your Project

  • User Research: How to Conduct Research to Better Understand Your Audience

  • Information Architecture Techniques: How to Organize and Present Information

  • Wireframing: How to Create and Test Wireframes and Prototypes

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On-Line Courses

Lynda.com

Lynda.com has a number of courses on various aspects of UX.

Read About UX On and Off-line

There is a large body of UX material on-line. Search for specific topics and you'll get a lot of hits, some very useful and some less so. Here are some of the standout sources we have found:

The Usability Body of Knowledge 

The Usability Body of Knowledge is an on-line encyclopedia of usability and UX materials. It was a project of the User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA). Although it has not been updated recently, it contains a lot of useful information, well-organized.

Safari Books On-line

Safari Tech Books Online offers a number of titles on user experience and accessibility.

Usability.gov

Usability.gov is a well regarded web UX resource created by the Department of Health and Human Services for government agencies as well as the private sector.

The Nielsen Norman Group

Nielsen Norman Group is a usability consultancy that publishes evidence-based UX research, provides training courses and certification. Hundreds of articles are available at no cost.

Don't Make Me Think

By Steve Krug, this is a highly readable and popular book about reducing cognitive load and helping people accomplish their tasks as simply and quickly as possible.

UX Courses

The Interaction Design Foundation 

The Interaction Design Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to produce top-grade open source educational materials by the world's design elite, at a very low costAll courses are offered online and cover a broad range of topics, from the psychology of interaction design through user research methods and design thinking. Each course offers a certificate of completion.

Nielsen Norman Group Training Courses

Training classes are offered around the world, including New York City. They are day-long and immersive, and cover topics such as UX basics, interface design principles, visual design for mobile, and measuring the user experience.

Rutgers MBS

Nearby Rutgers University offers a Master's of Business and Science degree with a concentration in User Experience Design. A key difference between the MBS and other masters programs in Human Computer Interaction is its addition of business courses.

Coursera

The online Coursera platform offers a number of free courses on user experience, as well as a low cost 8-course concentration in interaction design.

User Experience Magazines

Boxes and Arrows

Boxes and Arrows is a peer-written journal focused on information architecture.

UXPA Mag

UXPA Magazine is published by the User Experience Professionals' Association.

UX Mag

UX Mag is a free community resource exploring all facets of experience design.

UX Organizations

User Experience Professionals' Association

The User Experience Professionals' Association is a membership organization that publishes a number of free resources for UX practitioners. It also sponsors the annual World Usability Day and organizes conferences, 

Interaction Design Association

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is a member-supported organization dedicated to the discipline of interaction design for practitioners at every level.