UX101: Intro to User Experience (UX)

Mar 25, 2018 · Philadelphia, United States of America


At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we’re designing—a website, an Android app, or a toaster—we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.

By the end of this class, you’ll also learn tips and techniques to address the following:

• The fundamentals of UX and why it matters, and how to convince others to invest in this process.

• Engaging your clients and colleagues in the UX process so that they can bring their knowledge to the table and feel that their needs have been met.

• Review the UX journey and common methodologies that you can use in your existing process, from user research and analysis to rapid prototyping and testing.

• Learn about lean UX techniques you can use when you're strapped for time or money.

• Work through these techniques during a series of hands-on workshops to practice these skills as a group.

• Recommendations for books, articles, and other resources to explore further areas of UX.

About Mike Tedeschi: Mike is a UI/UX designer and developer with over a decade of industry experience. He specializes in creative direction, front-end development, and user interface and experience design for digital projects. Prior to founding Interactive Mechanics, he spent several years designing award-winning interactives and applications for Azavea (Lead UI/UX Designer) and Night Kitchen Interactive (Interactive Designer). You can reach Mike on Twitter @mike_tedeschi (https://twitter.com/mike_tedeschi) or [masked] .

• Girl Develop It welcomes all genders and identities to our classroom. By entering this group, all community members agree to abide by our Code of Conduct (http://www.girldevelopit.com/codeofconduct).

• See our Assistance page for information on scholarships, laptops for loan, and other services. We'd like to help you benefit from our classes! (http://bit.ly/gdiphillyhelp)

• Questions about the class or want to Teaching Assist? Contact Amy Cliett at [masked]


Refunds are offered only if the class is rescheduled/cancelled or in extreme circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please post your interest in selling your ticket in the comments. If you find a buyer, send a Meetup message to Amy with the name of the buyer. Do not change your RSVP in the Meetup event.

Unfortunately, GDI cannot offer a waitlist. If the class is full, please keep an eye on the comments to see if another student is interested in selling their ticket to you.


We aim to offer this class once per quarter. Timing varies based on teacher and venue availability. Keep an eye on our Meetup page for future class announcements.

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