Who takes UX courses?
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Published on December 23, 2014
UX courses are for anyone who is involved with the planning, design, development, or management of apps and websites. This ranges from product managers, and business analysts, to designers and developers. User experience impacts how a site or app is conceived, planned, designed, built, and updated, and UX training provides benefits across all these areas. UX goes well beyond the design and aesthetics of a website or app, and beyond the development as well. When an organization is focused on UX, everyone is focused on what users want and need, and how these integrate with the business needs for an app or website, which is why everyone from management through designers and developers benefit from participating in UX training.
User experience is not just for businesses. Individual designers and developers who are seeking to enhance their skills and deliver better projects also take UX courses to understand how to create more useful and appealing products. Even entrepreneurs without either design or development experience participate in UX courses as they seek to create a digital presence that delivers their product or message in a clear, useful, and delightful way. By participating in user experience training, all roles better understand how to create and design websites and apps that align with goals and objectives that meet the needs of a user while advancing your organization’s interests.
What experience is needed before taking UX courses
UX workshops are designed to help anyone interested in creating sites or apps, regardless of their previous experience or training. People that take UX classes come from a variety of backgrounds that range from marketing professionals and business managers to those that may appear more likely, such as designers and developers. Even graphic designers and visual designers take UX courses in an effort to make a switch into web design and app design roles. The benefits of UX classes extend across every level of an organization, helping to enhance both the participant’s skills and the products they create.
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.