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UX Crash Course

By Mostaque Ahammed

Introduction

The following list isn’t everything you can learn in UX. It’s a quick overview, so you can go from zero-to-hero as quickly as possible. You will get a practical taste of all the big parts of UX, and a sense of where you need to learn more. The order of the lessons follows a real-life UX process (more or less) so you can apply these ideas as-you-go. Each lesson also stands alone, so feel free to bookmark them as a reference!

Mostaque Ahammed — User Experience Designer with 08 years of experience in interaction and visual design. I am ...

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “UX crash course Contents.

1 UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals

My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 was to get more people started in User Experience (UX) Design. I posted one lesson every day in January, and thousands of people came to learn! Below you will find links to all 31 daily lessons.

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “What is UX?

2 Daily UX Crash Course: #1 of 31

My mission this month is to get more designers (or aspiring designers) started in User Experience design. The best place to start any education is at the beginning: What is UX? Everything has a user experience. Our job is not to create the user experience. It is our job to make it good.

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “User goals and business goals.

3 Daily UX Crash Course: #2 of 31

When you start a new UX project - before you design anything - you need to understand your goals. Two of them, to be specific. Everything you make is based on these two goals and nothing is more important to your success as a UX designer: User goals and business goals. (If you missed Lesson #1, you might want to

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “The 5 Main Ingredients of UX

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UX is a process, and these lessons roughly follow that process, but there are 5 things you should always keep in mind, throughout the process: The 5 Main Ingredients of UX: Psychology, Usability, Design, Copywriting & Analysis. (If you're just joining the Daily UX Crash Course, you might want to start at the beginning!) Any one of these 5 Ingredients

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “What is User Research?

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Ah, users. The sun in the UX solar system and the thorn in our sides. One of the Sacred Laws of UX is "never blame the user" even though - let's be honest - sometimes it is really fucking tempting. However, if you feel that way, it is because you don't understand your users, so today we will learn: What

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Creating User Profiles

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Just like marketers have a target audience, UX Designers have user personas/profiles: descriptions of users, based on research. But ours are a lot different. So today we will learn a little about: Creating User Profiles (Just starting the UX Crash Course? Start here.) **** First of all, let's nail down what personas or profiles are NOT: Personality types Demographics Characters

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Design Patterns

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When many designers have the same challenge, (e.g. - mobile app menus) and someone solves it in an elegant way (e.g. - Facebook's hidden menu) and many designers use that solution, it helps users understand those sites and apps faster, because they see the same solution over and over. These commonly-used solutions are called: Design Patterns (If you are just

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “What is Information Architecture?

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So far we have mostly discussed the ways to understand and plan UX design. Today, we start actually making shit. The first step in designing a real solution is the general structure of the thing. That means you will need an introduction to: What is Information Architecture? (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here) If the idea

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “User Stories & Types of Information Architecture

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Information Architecture is not always easy to explain. It helps if you can talk about it with your team, and think about it easily in your own head. So today we are going to learn about: User Stories & Types of Information Architecture. (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) A User Story describes one possible path

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “What is a Wireframe?

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When most people think of UX, they think of the lines-and-boxes diagrams we call wireframes. Unfortunately, many people think that doing wireframes is the same as doing UX. So today we will learn: What is a Wireframe? (If you’re just joining the UX Crash Course, Start Here.)

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Visual Weight, Contrast & Depth

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This lesson is the first of 5 visual principles that will help you direct the user's attention. Some parts of your design are more important than others, but those are not always the things we notice naturally. So we have to help users notice the important stuff. Today we will learn about: Visual Weight: Contrast, Depth, and Size (If you're

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Colour

14 Daily UX Crash Course: #13 of 31

Real life is full of sun light, artificial light, heat, cold, clothing, brands, fashion, and a million other things that effect the way we perceive colours. As a UX designer we may not care about Pantones and brand guidelines, but we definitely have to learn about: Colour. (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) There are a

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Repetition & Pattern-Breaking

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One important Visual Design Principle involves the creation of patterns to lead the user's eyes to important things. And like all good rules, patterns are made to be broken. So today we will learn the visual principle of: Repetition and Pattern-Breaking (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) The Old-Timey Rubber Ducks make their triumphant return! Human

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Line Tension & Edge Tension

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When you repeat something, as we learned yesterday, you create a pattern. However, certain types of repetition can also create the perception of "shapes", and that affects where the user's eyes will go. So today we will learn about: Line Tension and Edge Tension (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) Are you tired of the ducks

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Z-Pattern, F-Pattern, and Visual Hierarchy

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It is easy to imagine every user excitedly reading every letter you write and every pixel you make. Get over it, because real users don't do that. They scan. Scanning means they only stop to read when something catches their eye. So today we will learn about scanning patterns: Z-Pattern, F-Pattern, and Visual Hierarchy (If you're just starting the UX

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Browsing vs. Searching vs. Discovery

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Different people use sites and apps for different reasons. If you design for the wrong behaviour, you won't get the results you want. Today we will learn about: Browsing vs. Searching vs. Discovery (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) The words above can mean a variety of things in the real world, so for the purposes

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Page Framework

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Now that you've established your goals, researched your users, and planned your information architecture, it's time to put those plans into action, baby! So today we will learn about: Page Framework (Navigation, Footers, etc.) (If you are just starting the UX Crash Course, Start Here.) Although it might be tempting to approach your wireframes on a page-by-page basis, don't do

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “The Fold, Images, & Headlines

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There are many common questions about UX design that you will get throughout your career. And some that you should get, even though you won't. So today we will learn a few things about: The Fold, Images & Headlines (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) The Fold: One of the most popular old-school misconceptions is about

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “The Axis of Interaction

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One of the most common questions in UX design is: "Should the button be on the left or the right?" Well, it depends, actually. It depends on where you have created visual "edges". So today we will learn about: The Axis of Interaction (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) This idea is deceptively simple. Human attention

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Forms

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As you work through your designs, it is only a matter of time until you have to design a way for users to give you information. So today we will take a whirlwind tour of: Forms. (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) Forms are one of the places you will spend a lot of your time,

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Calls-to-Action, Instructions & Labels

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When it comes to copywriting, UX people and true copywriters care about different things. Our focus is on specific types of writing, and we're not in it for the poetic street cred. Today we will learn about: Calls-To-Action, Instructions & Labels (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) There are four places when a UX designer might

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Primary & Secondary Buttons

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We have arrived at the final lesson concerning wireframes, and one of the most important features of any interactive design: Primary & Secondary Buttons (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) The example above shows two button examples (don't click them). As a general guideline you will only need two button styles, because most user actions fall

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Conditioning

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Design skills may be the nuts & bolts of UX, but you need to understand how people think to do UX well. So far we have focused on design, so today we will learn the first of three lessons about user psychology: Conditioning (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here) What is Conditioning? It has nothing to

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “Persuasion

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Continuing with the psychological aspects of UX, we're going to get into the area of UX where I have done the majority of my research: Persuasion (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) **** Persuasion is complex. My book, The Composite Persuasion, is 270 pages specifically about making things persuasive, and it is only a "Crash Course"

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “How Experience Changes Experience

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To finish off the User Psychology section of the crash course, we will look at the ways new users and experienced users see your design differently: How Experience Changes Experience (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) Power Users are the Minority: Statistically-speaking, it is impossible for advanced or power users to be "most" of the people

Added by Mostaque Ahammed: “ What is Data?

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Now that you have learned to research users, set goals, plan information architecture, direct the users' attention, make good wireframes, and understand the mind of a user, it's time to launch! And launching means we have something to measure, so we need to know: What is Data? (If you're just starting the UX Crash Course: Start Here.) **** Data is

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