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UXO HoneycombThere are many factors to consider when designing and building solutions that are easy to use and accessible. Our training classes address the various facets of user experience design and are designed to help you produce excellent applications and websites that will meet the needs of your user community. 

Classes

We recommended starting with the Introduction to User Experience Design class, but feel free to take classes in any order that suits your interests, schedule and project needs.

Interested in earning the Certificate in UX Fundamentals? Read more about our program.

Introduction to User Experience Design

Get an overview of Princeton’s UX Design Process of discovery, design, and testing, and gain hands-on experience using this process with a small example. You will leave this class with an understanding of the various activities of UX and their effectiveness. Topics include design thinking, prototyping, and understanding your user audience.

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

What is user research? User research enables you to understand what your users do, what the need and how they approach their tasks. How do I conduct user research? There are a wide range of techniques available to help you gain insight into your users. In this participatory class we will review these techniques and practice conducting our own user interviews.

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

Whether you are at the initial conceptual stage of a project, evaluating vendor offerings, designing wireframes or approaching release, usability testing is your basic technique for uncovering design problems. In this participatory class, we will learn the structure for conducting a usability study, see a demonstration of a study, and then practice conducting usability study with a simple digital prototype. 

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility is the practice of creating fair and inclusive experiences within Information Communication Technology (ICT) for people of all abilities. This session will review the core concepts for making digital content accessible to people with disabilities. Topics include how to perform basic QA procedures on your digital content, an introduction to the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG), and a discussion on the barriers to access faced by users with diverse abilities. Each session has participation from the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Information Architecture Techniques: How to Organize and Present Information

Learn the cognitive processes that enable people to extract meaning from information and apply them to determine the best ways to organize and present content. The practice of Information Architecture (IA) involves designing for the structures and language that are most appropriate for the people who will use the system. Topics include writing for on-line reading, navigation design, and creating taxonomies.

Wireframing: How to Create and Test Wireframes and Prototypes

Learn about different styles of wireframes and prototypes. Bridging the gap from user research to web or application design is the most challenging process for many designers. Getting from ideation to wireframes and prototypes is the focus of this class which will introduce you to understanding interaction design, design patterns, and user-centered thinking.

Visual Design and Why it Matters for UX

Visual design — the use of layout, color, images, and typography — may be the most important element that attracts people to a website or application. Beyond just aesthetics, it also affects accessibility, readability, and usability. In this class, we will look at elements and principles of visual design including: the use of color and typography, layout and page organization, and how a “design language” can be used to establish a consistent, overarching style for a website or application.

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