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Published on December 6, 2014
Learning user experience and its foundational principles helps developers of websites and apps provide users with a better experience that meets their needs, along with the needs of their business or organization. The user experience (UX) refers to all the interactions a user has with an app or website and includes all aspects of the interaction with a computer program or website. From the first screen the user sees, to any work they perform on the site or app, to any searching or navigating that occurs, through the final sign-off. Keeping the user’s needs and the purpose of a website at the forefront of your objectives helps insure that the experience is positive and useful.
UX training helps developers adapt to modern technology trends
As more mobile devices are used for accessing the Internet and tablets are used for schools and businesses, the UX covering interactions of a site on various screen sizes and devices becomes important. UX courses help designers to better implement their ideas and effectively use new technology. By providing guidance and examples, a UX instructor provides a solid foundation of guiding principles. All user experience courses at American Graphics Institute also acknowledge that different platforms and tools are used, and the principles learned can be applied to both web apps and websites.
UX Training provides a framework or successful app development
A user experience course provides a framework for implementing successful UX designs across a variety of apps or websites. Developers can take the skills they learn and apply them to existing and future projects. Developers learn to analyze various approaches to defining needs, testing, wireframing, and other processes that can be applied to a variety of projects.
Effective UX workshops assist developers and other participants in improving their approach to creating apps and websites. Methods for determining the needs for an app, the problem it addresses, and how the user will interact with the app or website.
Benefits of Participating in UX as a Developer
UX considerations are essential for developing modern websites that target users across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. UX training courses provide an understanding of the comprehensive UX process, and provide a competitive advantage over other developers as you are able to spend less time coding due to clearly defined requirements. Those that complete UX training find they spend fewer hours on iterations which can be resolved early in the wireframing and prototyping process.
Beyond any current role you may have as a developer, the rapidly growing industry of website development and app development has created a high demand for developers who understand UX processes.
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.