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Published on December 7, 2014
Designing and building a website to conform to today’s demands takes research, a thorough understanding of your users and the know-how to deliver. As the success of websites hinge on a customer’s ability to successfully interact, receiving UX training can be beneficial in providing a blueprint on assessing your audience and providing the right foundation to deliver a great user experience. A UX workshop or training is the first step in building a comprehensive, adaptable website, even if you have no previous design experience, and even if you are in a role such as a product manager, business analyst, or developer. You don’t need to be a UX designer to benefit from a user experience course.
What is UX training
UX classes are designed to help you understand what users want when they access a website or use an app, then quickly and successfully communicate these needs to developers so the customer has an exceptional experience. A user experience course can focus on a number of elements that all work together to create the best design, including:
How user experience courses help in building better websites
Knowing what your users expect is essential in building a better website, yet knowing the processes and techniques used to assess, organize, design and create the site helps to build an exceptional user experience while delivering cost-effective, efficient sites that will provide the results expected by both users and organizations. A well-planned user experience does more than create satisfied users, it helps to produce a site more efficiently, with fewer revisions.
UX workshops provide the fundamentals necessary to understand how to plan, organize, design, layout and develop sites. UX classes integrate user research, profiles, device design, information architecture, functionality, and interaction. With the increased emphasis being placed on responsive design, UX training also helps adapt to an evolving environment that accommodates mobile users.
When UX training is the most useful
The short answer is that UX training is beneficial whenever you are creating, reassessing, or redesigning a website. While more complex sites with multiple screens and tasks benefit from an experienced processional that understands information architecture and user flows, even startups and smaller firms benefit from learning UX design. Employees that have many roles, from planning to developing, benefit from understanding how to effectively plan and organize a site. UX workshops also help all involved in the site creation process to tailor the design and messages so that they directly address the needs of your users, matching your goals, processes and products.
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.