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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.

Public Courses

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

Fri 25th Sep 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Fri 9th Oct 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street

Learning how to organise, describe and present the information in your website or app is one of the fundamental skills that makes up UX design. Information architecture is the glue that holds complex digital products together and enables users to navigate and make sense of them.

People in IA course

This introductory course teaches you the basics of designing solid information architecture (IA) for websites, intranets, search and web applications. You will learn what and how to research to identify the elements of an effective IA. We'll cover how to analyse and synthesise your research results. Most importantly you'll learn the basics of designing IA and how to create sitemaps, wireframes and other artefacts to communicate that design.

Who is it for?

People wanting to learn what IA is all about

Anyone who deals with online or digital products and needs to understand the basic principles and application of best practice IA design.

Designers who want to learn about making their designs scale

Web, interaction and UX designers who want a better understanding of how to break down their design elements into information chunks and patterns, and to communicate better with their developers, stakeholders and business analysts.

Business analysts and product owners

Business analysts and product owners who work with designers or have had to take on the role of information architect in a project or product environment. This course will help you understand the fundamental components of what makes up the information design of a website.

What will you learn/experience?

Part 1: What & why

Where we identify information architecture concepts in modern web design and why it’s a necessary part of software development.

Part 2: What makes up IA

Where we look into the different components of information architecture and how to identify them. These form the basic terms and concepts you need to consider when designing IA.

Part 3: How to design IA

Where we look into the process of how modern information architecture is created, covering common tasks and activities used to create an IA that will work for your users and business.

Part 4: Communicating IA

Where we look at how to communicate basic IA design concepts in order to create cohesive specifications that third parties are able to communicate, implement and test such as wireframes, content models, sitemaps and task flow diagrams.

Outcomes

This course will give you practical understanding of:

  • The fundamental components of information architecture to help you design better websites, intranets, search systems and web applications.
  • The process required to build good information architecture.
  • What the different deliverables or artefacts are to communicate information architecture.
  • How to validate and test your information architecture.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course, no experience with design, coding or development is required.

What should you bring

You will need a laptop or tablet, if you are unable to provide one please let us know and we will organise one for you to use.

Auckland

Fri 25th Sep 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Fri 9th Oct 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street
6 hours | 9:30am - 4:30pm

Auckland

Fri 23rd Oct 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Fri 6th Nov 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street

User testing designs through prototyping helps us to safely explore risky ideas, get a feel for how real people will respond to our designs and most importantly lets us fail cheaply and privately instead of publicly and expensively. But how many users do we need? How do we identify what to test? How do we know the way we designed and ran the test is producing valid results? How do we recruit people? How do we integrate user testing into a project without adding unsustainable expense and time to a project?

user interface specification

This 6 hour course teaches current best practice for user testing digital products and services. It gives you hands on experience of designing and running effective user testing sessions suitable for both new designs and existing products and services.

It covers:

    Current user testing theory
  • How to identify when user testing is required
  • Common user testing techniques
  • Identifying the most appropriate technique for your needs
  • How to ascertain the number of users you need for valid results
  • How to recruit users
  • How to design effective tests
  • Common prototyping tools
  • Using modern prototyping tools
  • How to create prototypes
  • How to interpret test results

You get practical experience in:

  • Identifying areas for testing
  • Designing user tests
  • Creating low fidelity paper prototypes
  • Creating prototypes using a modern prototyping tool
  • Running user tests
  • Interpreting test results
  • Iterating your design based on your test results

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone looking for an evidence based approach to validating their existing digital products or new design ideas. It is particularly suitable for:

  • Designers and developers
  • Product owners
  • Project managers
  • Entrepreneurs and startups

Prerequisites

  • No previous design or coding experience is required.
  • You will need a laptop capable of connecting to a wireless network. We may be able to provide you with a laptop if you don’t have one - please contact us at least two weeks before the course date.
  • All other materials are provided.

Auckland

Fri 23rd Oct 2020 |
Thinkspace - 3 Glenside Crescent

Wellington

Fri 6th Nov 2020 |
BizDojo Wellington - 115 Tory Street

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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.