How UX courses help differentiate you and your work
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Published on December 29, 2014
Being able to consistently create clean, useful, and efficient user experiences helps you, your work, and your organization or business to stand-out. Participating in UX courses and workshops helps you to develop a process for creating high-quality experiences in all of your work.
Benefits of UX courses
Participating in UX classes provides you with a number of benefits. You’ll receive a return on investment that quickly pays for both the time and cost of the courses. This is because your projects will be created more quickly, with fewer revision cycles. UX classes help you create better websites and apps because you’ll learn how to better meet the needs of your users with the initial product, and interact efficiently with developers so they can better produce what is required. Your site and apps will also be more user friendly and efficient, as you consider the needs of the user along with your objectives as an integral part of the design and development.
With a user experience course, users who visit your site or use your app will be able to work more efficiently, and find what they need more easily. The development time for a team, including designers, developers, and business functions is shorter all around than for those who do not have any formal UX training. Courses and workshops in UX help all roles to understand users’ needs, and how each part of the process works together to create an efficient, streamlined environment.
Career benefits of attending UX workshops
UX training helps position you for great success in the fields of design, development, business analyst, and product management. Organizations and companies seek out user experience professionals who have a firm understanding of the complete UX process, from information gathering and research, through design, development, and revisions.
UX training allows you to take a leadership role on projects ranging from responsive websites to mobile apps. You will be able to develop the site or app based on user needs, from start to finish. By helping projects get completed more quickly, with fewer rounds of revisions, and a better end-product, you’ll find your work to be more enjoyable, and your business or organization will benefit as well.
Participating in a UX workshop helps you and your work shine, creating projects that have lasting, effective results. Creating a website or app that is easy to use, efficiently created, and helps achieve the goals of your organization is a complex task, yet user experience training helps make the process more understandable and accessible.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.