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UX Gym offers user experience design courses where you experience UX design techniques first hand and can put what you learn into practice straight away. Our courses are aimed at both designers and non designers looking to add to their skill base and gain practical UX experience. No previous experience is required.

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Private Training

We provide customised user experience training and capability building for organisations. We've done this for government departments such as the Department of Internal Affairs and Statistics NZ, and private companies such as Fraedom.com and Wine-Searcher.com. To enquire about our private courses and capability building service get in touch:

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Reading about user experience design techniques on the internet is a great start, but only putting them into action prepares you to use them as part of your everyday practice.

Our public courses are back!

A big thank you to everyone who checked out our web seminars, joined the zoom Q&As, and sent us messages about courses during the lockdown.

We really appreciate your support and are pleased to be starting back up in level 1. See our a revised line-up for the rest of 2020 here. If all goes well we will be back to our full schedule next year!

Featured Public Courses

6 hours | 9:30am - 4:30pm

Auckland

Friday 28 August 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent, Auckland

Wellington

Friday 11 September 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street, Wellington

Probably no other area of design has more impact on how successful your initial design decisions are going to be than user research. Most of us aren’t designing for ourselves, and a good understanding of who our users are and what their needs are is vital for successful design. This course teaches you how to identify the best type of research for a project, how to execute your research so you get the most useful results given the time and resources you have available to you, how to execute your research and how to make sense of your research results.

People in UX course

Who is it for

No prior knowledge is required to do this course, it is suitable for absolute beginners. However the course is primarily aimed at:

Designers & developers

Designers and developers who want to learn how to discover the needs of the people you are designing for.

Strategists and analysts

Senior practitioners who want to gain an understanding of the basic principles of user research and put some flesh around their current practice.

Product owners and project managers

Product owners and project managers who want a better understanding of what their researchers need, how to use research to increase the quality of their decisions or who want to build the capabilities of themselves and their teams.

On the day

You will learn how to identify if a project needs user research

You will learn how to analyse a project to identify if that project needs formative user research in order to achieve its goals.

You will learn how to identify the kind of research you need

You will learn the different types of user research available to you and how to identify which one is the most likely to get you valid results given the time and resources available to you.

You will experience putting user research into practice

You will get to work in a team to design and execute a research project.

You will experience analysing and making sense of user research results

You will learn about common analysis techniques to make sense of the data you have collected and you will get to use one of those techniques on your own data.

You will learn how to present research finding

You will learn how to present you research in a way that is meaningful and compelling.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course, no previous experience with design or research is required.

What you should bring

All materials are provided.

Auckland

Friday 28 August 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent, Auckland

Wellington

Friday 11 September 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street, Wellington
2 days | 9:30am - 4:30pm everyday

Auckland

Returning 2021 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Returning 2021 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street

Like our 1 day UX Crash Course this course gives you hands-on experience of a digital UX design project from start to finish, but it goes into more depth in each area. This course is designed to give you a more thorough understanding of the principles behind a modern user centered design process and more practical experience of some of the most common activities you will encounter in a typical user experience project. The day is designed so you can apply what you learn immediately to your current projects and also use what you learn as a base for further study.

You will take a UX project from research to testing

You are put in a team and work on a digital design project throughout the day learning and applying human centered design methods as you go. No coding is required with the focus for this day on design decisions rather than implementation.

You will learn the basic principles and definitions behind user experience design

You will learn the basic principles of user experience design including its history and common terminology used.

You will get an introduction to basic principles and best practice for user research

You learn how to identify if research is required, what kind of research is best suited to your project, and the basics of designing research to get valid outcomes. You experience implementing a common research method and learn how to synthesise and interpret user research results.

As well as covering all the material found in our 1 day crash course you get to spend more time learning how to facilitate research to get usable results and learning how to synthesise your research results to identify themes, needs, and opportunities.

You will get an introduction to basic principles and best practice for interaction design

You learn the basic principles behind making good interaction and UI design decisions and experience putting those principles into practice.

This includes the material covered in our crash course but also goes into more depth on best practice UI/Interaction design and how to design to accomodate common user/customer behaviour.

You will get an introduction to basic principles and best practice for usability testing

You learn what you can and can’t user test, how to design user tests that are likely to get you valid results and experience designing and facilitating user tests for you project.

How it works

This is an experiential course. You learn by doing, developing a project throughout the 2 days taking it through a full UX design process from initial research through to usability testing. To ensure you can use what you learn during the week in your regular design practice you are given:

Methods

You get common UX methods that make up a typical UX design process. These are practical ways of working that you can take away and start applying immediately.

Principles

You get the foundation theory behind these methods - why we work the way we do. This gives you a basis for further study and helps you judge how appropriate any method is for a given problem. A firm grasp of basic principles also makes it easier for you to alter a method or develop your own methods as needed.

Practice

You apply the principles and methods to your project. This experience of applying a clean principle and method to messy human behaviour is essential if you are going to learn how to practically solve real design problems in a human centered way.

Who is it for

No prior knowledge is required to do this course, it is suitable for absolute beginners. However the course is primarily aimed at:

  • Digital designers Web, interaction and UX designers who want to build on their UX skills, put into practice approaches they have read about, adopt a user centered design approach or better their understanding of the principles behind common UX design methods.
  • Graphic designers Traditional designers who want to transition into digital design or learn how to work better with their UX colleagues.
  • Strategists and analysts Senior practitioners who want to gain an understanding of the principles of user experience design and experience how those principles are practiced on the ground.
  • Developers Developers who want to build on their UX skills or learn how to work better with their UX colleagues.
  • Product owners and project managers Product owners and project managers who want a better understanding of how a user experience design approach can get them better outcomes on their products and projects.

What to bring

Everything you need will be provided. We don’t supply lunch but we do do a morning coffee run and supply fruit and snacks to keep you going.

Auckland

Returning 2021 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Returning 2021 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street

See our full list of courses >

Lockdown web seminars

Great ways to ruin a usability test

Learn common mistakes people make that invalidate usability tests.

Previous web seminars

4 decision making behaviours designers should know

Learn 4 useful principles about how people make decisions, and what these mean when designing products and services.

Designing Effective Interview Questions

Learn a practical method (and the principles behind it) for creating interview questions designed to minimise bias and create deeper, more insightful conversations.