UX training helps your design career
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Published on December 6, 2014
If you've been thinking of taking UX training, either by participating in classes or attending a user experience workshop, it's useful to understand how they can help with your work, your career, and benefit your overall business. User experience (UX) is a collective term that refers to a user's attitudes, behavior and emotions regarding a particular product or service. It also includes the user's perceptions of a system's ease of use, efficiency and utility. UX is especially important in the design of user interfaces such as webpages, which are typically very dynamic. User experience courses and workshops provide both technological and marketing benefits to your design career.
How UX training helps designers
Design plays an essential role in defining a user's experience across all interactions they have on a site. One area in which their work is most evident is the work on user interface (UI). UI designers play a key roll in the overall user experience, and those with UX training are able to design an interface that matches the latest standards of UI design with the user's expectations. A user experience course also helps designers ensure they are keeping users in mind and building a consistent user experience across all of the page of a site or the screens of an application.
UX is considered across all components of an interface, from mouse behavior for desktop computers to touch behaviors for tablets and mobile devices, as well as drag-and-drop actions, mouse-over events, and selections. User Experience professionals gather information on these and other desired behaviors during the user research phase of the design process.
UX Courses help make sure you are adapting with technology
UX workshops help designers understand how to approach the integration of new technologies into an interface. This is especially important in web design, which is evolving rapidly. These benefits typically include incorporating the goals of the business while providing the user with an efficient and enjoyable way to interact with a site or app. A UX workshop helps designers improve a system’s usability, making it more useful to the intended audience – whether it is customer-facing or internal-facing apps. UX training also show designers, developers, product managers, and business analysts how to keep the interface centered on the customer by simplifying technical issues.
Improving your career with UX courses
Designers with UX training are highly sought after, and are valued more by both current and future employers. Any company that creates apps, builds internal portals, or has a web presence is in need of skilled UX designers. Businesses understand that a strong UX designer can help improve employees’ productivity with line-of-business apps, or maximize lead conversion on sites and apps that sell products and services. UX classes help you gain a better perspective of the reasons behind why visitors are using your website or app, and provide methods for better meeting their needs, as well as the needs of your business or organization.
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.