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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.
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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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 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.
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 cost. All 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.
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.
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 Magazine is published by the User Experience Professionals' Association.
UX Mag is a free community resource exploring all facets of experience design.
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.