6 months • Part-time • 32 students
How many times has this happened to you? You give your best and craft beautiful, pixel-perfect work only for your manager or client to tell you that they don’t like it…
After countless iterations, you officially start to feel sick of taking orders, pushing pixels until your manager or client is happy…
You feel frustrated always making things look “pretty” and you’re wondering how to use your creative powers more broadly.
You feel like just designing the visuals limits your creative freedom. You want more control over the outcome so you can make a bigger impact.
Remove a lot of the subjectivity from your design practice.
Create designs that are backed by data, and stop designing for preferences.
Go from just making things “look pretty” to beautiful, useful, and meaningful.
Create solutions that actually help people and make a big impact.
Our program will give you everything you need to become a kick-ass designer in just a few months
Learn in-depth UX theory and apply it right away. Build your own unique case studies for your portfolio.
Our program is built around community. Learning UX is best when your mentors genuinely care.
Tired of subjectivity in visual design? We'll teach you how to excel at articulating & defending your work.
Make an impact on the whole experience, not just visuals.
Awesome UX + UI = powerful design.
You’ll learn in-depth UX and UI theory. No compromise with UX/UI Expert. All-inclusive.
First things first, we start by getting to know each other. 🤝
Then, we’ll show you the techniques that we have found to be the secret sauce to keeping yourself motivated, accountable, and on track. These techniques will be crucial in helping you get through this program and achieve your goals.
We’ll show you how to communicate your design decisions, which is a critical skill missing in UX education. Being a great communicator is a big part of the job.
We purposefully placed this module on communicating design decisions at the start of our program. That way, over the coming months, you’ll be able to practice each method and continually level up your UX design communication skills.
It’s not enough to show what you did; you also have to explain why you did it. Just knowing UX theory isn’t enough anymore.
When first starting to learn user experience, it’s easy to assume the wrong things and get into bad habits. This week is dedicated to giving you all the basics you need so you can focus on what matters.
To get you started properly, we’ll give you an intro to UX, share some of the most common UX misunderstandings, give you the best strategies to pick a great case study, and more.
Before starting the designs for any successful UX project, we need to fully understand a few things: the business, the user, and the problem we’re solving.
Based on the case study ideas that you came up with the week before, you’ll identify if the problem is worth tackling from a business standpoint by conducting industry, SWOT, and competitive analyses.
You’ll then define whether or not the business problem you’ve identified is valid from a user standpoint.
Once you’ve gained certainty that the business problem meets the user pain point, you’ll frame the problem. That will be the north star that you’ll use throughout the UX process to stay focused on solving the right problem for the right users.
Now that you’ve framed the problem and created a list of research questions, it’s time to document how you’re going to go about answering those questions. That’s where a research plan comes in.
Then, you’ll recruit participants and conduct a few user interviews to gain insight and clarity on the problem that you’re solving.
This step is often overlooked, yet it’s essential to the success of your entire case study. It ensures that your designs have a rock-solid foundation.
Now that you’ve conducted your user interviews, you have pages of notes that aren’t truly valuable until you break down the information into manageable chunks.
You’ll synthesize the information from the user interviews using an affinity diagram.
Based on your findings, you might decide to reframe your problem to better meet the actual problem that you’ve uncovered. Then, you’ll create personas to gain empathy for the user.
Finally, we’ll share additional research methods that you’ll be expected to know as a UX designer but that aren’t necessary to complete our program.
At this point, you identified and framed a problem, conducted user interviews, grouped the data, and put together personas. You now have a clear idea of the problem to solve, who your users are, and a general direction for your designs.
This week we’ll do a deep dive into Information Architecture (IA). We’ll cover and practice fundamental UX methodologies such as Gestalt principles, layout principles, site maps, etc.
You’ll then start analyzing how competitors solve problems similar to yours to get your creative juices going.
Finally, you’ll gain empathy for the user by creating scenarios and storyboards.
You'll start by creating story maps to break down the problem you're solving into bite-sized chunks.
Then, you'll sketch many ideas to solve your user stories. The idea is to keep it lo-fi so that you can be super nimble.
Next, you'll increase your designs' fidelity and transform your sketches into wireframes that you'll then link together to create user flows.
This week you’ll put everything you’ve worked on together and create a usability test plan and a prototype.
Prototypes are fantastic for getting feedback from users so you can gain clarity on what works and what doesn’t.
Now, it’s time for the moment of truth. Usability testing allows us to check in with our users to ensure that what we designed is useful, relevant, and meaningful.
If your usability tests go well and your research report results clearly support it, congrats! You’ll move on in the process!
If you discovered some significant issues with your designs from your usability testing, you’d go back to your wireframes and iterate.
Get feedback on your work and progress directly from us. We'll be there every step of the way.
Join our community of designers. Help each other throughout your journeys into UX.
Apply what you learn in easy-to-fill-in workbooks, keeping you organized and saving hours of your time when you build your portfolio.
Take advantage of our prebuilt Sketch + Figma kits to enhance your speed and quality of execution.
Get access to Sketch + Figma templates to help you get started quickly and efficiently.
Enter your first name and email below, and we’ll send you a form
As soon as the enrollment window closes, we’ll review everyone’s applications. One-by-one.
Selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once selected, pay for the program. And that’s it; you’re in!
Graphic designers are incredibly well-positioned to become top-performing UX designers. Yet, UX isn’t for everyone. To find out if it’s right for you, try our free crash course and see what you think!
UX/UI Expert is specifically designed for graphic, visual, and UI designers.
You’ll come out of this program with best-in-class UX case studies that you can wholly call your own. You’ll work on the projects that genuinely interest you and not pre-canned projects.
You’ll also have a portfolio that stands out from the crowd. So many portfolios out there look the same. In that sea of sameness, you’ll be able to attract the attention of hiring managers and recruiters successfully.
Finally, you’ll have all the artifacts necessary to start applying right away: resume, cover letter, socials, and the strategies to get seen by employers.
First, you must be a graphic/UI/web/visual designer.
Second, you need consistent access to a computer.
Third, if you don’t already have one, you need a Google/Zoom accounts to participate in meetings and get access to course materials like Workbooks. Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate students in countries that don’t allow Google/Zoom accounts.
Fourth, fluency in English.
Total of 29 weeks (6.67 months)
1 week of pre-work
24 weeks of work
4 weeks of break
On average, across the entire program, expect to dedicate a minimum of 6-10 hours per week for videos and assignments.
For intense weeks, expect to spend at least 8 to 12 hours.
On lighter weeks, expect to spend anywhere between 1 to 6 hours.
To ensure that no one gets left behind, we’ve purposefully made some weeks lighter than others. Sometimes you won’t have assignments, and your only task will be to watch and internalize content.
Also, every 4 to 5 weeks, and for everyone’s mental health’s sake, we included break weeks. Relax and watch movies. If you’re falling behind and need to catch up on assignments, go for it.
With UX/UI Expert, there are two tiers of mentorship.
If you enroll in the Core plan, you’ll get access to us every single week during our Monday meetings. We’ll address any concerns you may have, answer your questions, and help you to go through the program successfully. We'll also be available to answer questions through our chat.
As a student of our Premium plan, on top of getting the Core plan's benefits, we’ll also give you 24 hours of 1:1 personalized mentorship. Every week, we’ll meet with you for 1 full hour to ensure that you maximize your learning experience.
UX/UI Expert is 100% online. We welcome everyone, wherever you are in the world.
Yet, there are two exceptions.
First, you'll need to have Google/Zoom accounts to participate in meetings and get access to course materials like Workbooks. If you live in a country where you can't access Google/Zoom accounts, unfortunately, you won't be able to join our program.
Second, the program and meetings are taught/facilitated in American English. With that in mind, you must be fluent in English to get the most out of this program.
If you get into the program, we'll let you select your time preferences for Monday and Friday meetings so that it's easy on you and your peers' schedules.
While we encourage you to attend as many of them as possible, we understand that you won’t be able to participate from time to time. We recommend that you follow at least 19 of the 24 meetings.
Monday meetings are with your entire cohort. You’ll be able to select between a morning or afternoon class (9am-11am or 4pm-6pm Pacific Standard Time). Monday meetings are with the entire cohort and are recorded. If you can’t make it, you can still watch it later.
Friday meetings are peer-to-peer only and are in small groups of 4. You’ll be able to select the time that suits you best on Fridays, and we will match you with people who have similar time preferences as you. These smaller meetings aren’t recorded; think of them as breakout rooms.
We’ve designed UX/UI Expert to be the best of both worlds. It’s the speed of a bootcamp with the depth of a university program.
Bootcamps tend to glance over subjects that are critical to becoming a true UX designer. For example, while most of them teach you UI theory, it’s so basic that it’s not actionable enough.
On the other hand, university programs can be theory-heavy and less focused on applying design in the real-world. It’s common for these programs to teach you concepts that you put into practice many months later… once you’ve forgotten most of it.
With UX/UI Expert, we’re taking a completely different approach.
We’re not a mega-corporation and proud of it. As our student, you are treated as a real person, not just a number.
We keep class sizes small (up to 16 people per class)
We personally provide mentorship every week of the program. And we genuinely care; we’re not just saying that for marketing purposes.
We strongly believe in giving/receiving feedback, in exposing yourself to new ideas. That’s why we allow you to go through peer-to-peer feedback sessions every week.
You work on case study subjects that you care about instead of giving you pre-canned case studies.
We teach you in-depth concepts using a learn-by-doing teaching style. Rapidly applying what you just learned is one of the best ways to understand and internalize concepts.
Lastly, we give you lifetime access to all the program materials so that you can keep watching videos and practice. At a bootcamp or university, once the program is done, it’s done. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the slides of the lessons you took. Yay.
Yes! At the end of the program, we’ll send a certificate of completion as proof that you went through UX/UI Expert. Print it, marvel at it, show it off to your friends or not. Up to you!
We're happy to offer a 7-day extension only if you've reached out to us before applications close. If you're waiting on your company's budget or something similar, reach out to us, and we'll work with you.
Put simply, no. Job guarantees are… S H A D Y. Instead, we decided to offer a rock-solid one-year guarantee. We obsess over our program quality, and we tested everything with students to make sure that our content works.
We’re confident that you’ll achieve the results you’re looking for if you do the work. If you’ve taken part in the weekly meetings, done the work, and didn’t get results, we’ll refund you. No problemo.
On the other hand, large corporations often choose to offer job guarantees to reduce the mental barriers of potential buyers (and increase their revenue).
The problem... Have you ever looked at the stipulations on their job guarantees? The lists are a mile long. If you miss one of the stipulations, you’re no longer eligible for the guarantee.
That type of legal mumbo-jumbo is not our style. Goodbye job guarantees, hello money-back guarantees.