Skillcrush Career Blueprint
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
Learn everything you need to build a high-paying, people-driven career as a UX Designer.ENROLL NOW
UX Design: Making the Web a Better Place
User experience designers are innovative explorers who research, improve, and test websites and apps. They create delightful digital experiences that keep people coming back for more.
If you love figuring out how things work and what makes people tick, look no further than User Experience design—it’s the tech industry’s best-kept secret for career changers.
UX Design Course Curriculum
If you have ever heard the term ‘design thinking’ and wondered what it meant, you are in luck! In this class you will learn how to think like a design professional and immerse yourself in user experience research, trying to answer that age-old question: what do users want? You’ll learn the exact tools and best practices that designers use to discover and then describe what their customers want, and how those wants and needs align with your client’s business goals.
- UX Design Best Practices
- User Personas & User Journey Mapping
- Data Analysis
- Design Ideation
Information Architecture & Prototyping
Once you have a sense of who your users really are and understand their burning desires, it’s time to take your first swing at making them happy. First you’ll learn the tried-and-true building blocks of website organization and design best practices. Then you’ll combine your research and skills with industry tools to create a professional website prototype: a wireframe!
- Information Architecture
- Navigation & Layout
User Testing & Iteration
It’s time to put your prototype to the ultimate test: human users! But first, you’ll learn about user testing and best practices for getting clear and actionable results. Once you set up and run your test, you’ll analyze the data you collect to make decisions, create better versions based on feedback, and learn portfolio tips to help you become a successful UX professional!
- Usability Testing
- A/B Testing
- Data Analysis
- UX Strategy
- Portfolio Presentation
Tools you will learn:
An industry-standard design tool for creating simple website prototypes called wireframes
A powerful tool that helps UX professionals create interactive website prototypes to test with real users
A video conferencing tool that allows you to have live conversations and record your sessions—perfect for connecting with users
You’ll connect with your classmates and instructors in Slack, a messaging and collaboration tool used by thousands of digital teams worldwide.
Your UX Design Portfolio
By the end of this Blueprint, you’ll have completed a start-to-finish user experience design project for a fictitious bicycle rental company, for which you’ll use the following skills:
Collecting and analyzing different types of feedback in order to understand user behaviors, needs, and motivations.
User Journey Mapping
A holistic, visual representation of your users’ interactions with your organization, from new prospect to satisfied customer and beyond.
Organizing and labeling content so that key information is easy to find.
A rough sketch for the layout of a website or app, done either with pen and paper or with wireframing software.
Quantitative and qualitative testing of a website or app with real users to make sure it works exactly as it should.
A clickable, interactive "blueprint" for the layout of a website or app.
After completing the program, you will earn:
The Skillcrush Career Blueprint
Official User Experience Design Certificate
The perfect addition to your new UX portfolio, your resume, AND your LinkedIn profile!
How Do I Know If This Blueprint Is for Me?
This Blueprint IS for you if:
- You’re ready for an awesome, creative job that pays well and offers you a HUGE number of career opportunities (like working in a job you love as a UX Designer or UX Researcher).
- You have a natural curiosity about people and want to understand them better.
- You have a deep appreciation for solving problems and you LOVE when something works exactly like it should.
- You’re a total beginner to tech OR a total beginner to UX.
This Blueprint is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already worked in the UX field.
- You want to learn how to code right now (check out the Front End Developer Blueprint instead!).
- You want to learn how to use Adobe design tools right now (check out the Visual Designer Blueprint instead!).
- Working and interacting with others stresses you out and you prefer to work alone.
Your instructors are ALWAYS here to help.
Erin works as a freelance visual and UX designer and owns her own online retail business, Purrito Press. When she’s not designing or teaching, Erin serves as co-captain of her local Code for America brigade in Orlando, Florida.
Karalyn works as a teaching assistant for Visual Design and UX at Skillcrush. She owns her own freelance design business in Portland, Maine, and has a background in marketing and graphic design.
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM
Chelsea oversees curriculum development at Skillcrush. She's developed and taught numerous courses in coding, design, freelancing, writing, editing, publishing, communication, and other professional skills.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of work will I be able to do after the UX Blueprint?There are currently TONS of job opportunities in UX. Businesses large and small, from Amazon to your local design firm, are on the lookout for UX pros who can help improve their products. Look for job titles like UX Designer, Information Architect, or UX Researcher, just to name a few. Want to be your own boss? Strike out on your own as a Freelance UX Consultant!
Do I need to be good at design or know how to code to succeed in this Blueprint?Nope! This blueprint is perfect for beginners with zero design or coding experience. Seriously, if you love to talk to people to better understand what makes them tick, you’ll love this blueprint!
What software will I need for the UX Blueprint, and what does it cost?During this Blueprint, we’ll introduce you to two cutting-edge tools of the trade: Figma and InVision. These tools allow you to quickly and easily create interactive wireframes and prototypes, even if you have no prior design experience. Both tools are intuitive and easy to learn, and they’re used by UX pros worldwide. Best of all, they’re free! Both tools offer no-cost plans that allow you to complete and store up to three full projects, which is just what you need to complete this blueprint. We’ll also introduce you to Zoom, a free video conferencing tool that allows you to virtually connect with others and record your sessions.
You don’t have to go back to school. You don’t need to be under 30, 40, or even 60. You don’t have to leave your job or take time off. You don’t even have to know a single thing about code—if you can download a file, you’re tech-savvy enough.
My dream has literally come true and is really working. Now that I have tech skills, I work from home, earn a decent wage, spend time with my children, code (which I love), and continue to learn.
I was actually able to change careers pretty quickly, successfully, and inexpensively. My quality of life has vastly improved.
I was just doing the math this month, and the surplus I'm in is beyond what I know what to do with the money. (Just kidding; I’m paying down those student loans!) Skillcrush is a game changer.
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