Going into my first week of BrainStation’s User Experience (UX) Design program, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Being a complete newbie to the scene, I have to admit I felt a mix of excitement and anxiety. After taking a seat and briefly meeting the instructors, Michael and Hira, my jitters quickly subsided.
The class was a comfortable size and a good mix. We each had the opportunity to introduce ourselves and give a little detail about what brought us all together. It was interesting to get a sense of my classmates’ backgrounds and the process really helped to break the ice.
Once we ran through the course layout, we dove right into the subject of UX Design. Naturally, we started with the basics – which was appreciated by a beginner like myself! The instructors gave us examples of good and bad UX and the class had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
The first aspect of the UX Design process we tackled was the Market Research phase. This is an integral part of the process and one that is often re-visited. It’s basically adding context to a project by getting to know your end-user. The way the instructors presented the material made it very visual and easy to follow.
By the end of the class, we were asked to think about our final projects. Everything we learn over the course of the next 12 weeks will be applied to our final projects. These will be presented to the class and critiqued in a constructive way. Following the class, our instructor sent out an email with all of the material we covered and some supplemental reading. This reiterated the point that students are empowered to take as much or as little from this course as they choose. I plan on taking everything I can and I’m truly excited for what’s to come!