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The evolution and demand for UX Designers.
With the rapid advancement of digital technologies and the subsequent impact on how businesses ‘interface’ with customers; the understanding, evolution and application of User Experience Design (UXD) within organisations now truly informs their future success.
We have seen the rapid rise of successful companies that are design-led. Good design processes now form a fundamental part of business strategy and decision making – placing human interaction at the heart of their business model.
Every touchpoint of a brand and connected customer experience is now designed as part of a holistic strategy.
As digital interaction becomes an increasing part of our daily interactions – businesses fully appreciate that seamless digital interaction is complex to deliver. However when done right – the whole brand experience rises to another level – from the ‘Visceral’ to ‘Behavioural’ and ultimately to the ‘Reflective.’ [Ref: Don Norman’s Norman’s Three Levels of Design.]
Good UXD in the real world
1) The customer no longer has to scan for ages to find the donate button on a charity’s page.
2) The calls to a customer care line are reduced dramatically because the consumer finds the answer easily on the website.
3) Shopping cart value soars because the website effortlessly shows the shopper items that complement their purchase.
Your competitor is only one click away!
UX is emerging out of the ‘visual design’ world and establishing itself as fundamental strategic design process within any business interface or transaction. We are finally evolving from aesthetic design to a human centred approach to the design of the company ‘experience’. As they say – your competitor is only one click away. So it is vital to deliver a frictionless experience from beginning to end.
“Design used to be the seasoning you’d sprinkle on for taste; now it’s the flour you need at the start of the recipe.” — John Maeda, Designer and Technologist
Demand for UX Designers
With this new imperative to seamlessly satisfy ‘users’ – businesses are now eagerly recruiting talent to help research, prototype and design interactive services that bridge the gap between people and technology – this is the role of the UX Designer.
UX Design Courses
As a result of the increase in demand for UX Designers, we provide two unique courses:
Our 10 week part-time User Experience Design course – has been developed by industry experts to help anyone looking to up-skill and explore moving into the ever increasing number of roles in UX Design.
The programme’s industry informed curriculum will teach how to approach problems creatively in order to design the next generation of great apps, websites and digital products and gain a deeper understanding of the methods, tools and processes of working as a UX Designer.
This course is aimed at people looking to expand their knowledge of UX Design methodologies, tools and processes providing you with a complete applicable UX ‘toolkit’ with commercial experience of working with a real life client on a live project.
Our next cohort for this in September 2019 is fully booked, however, we will be scheduling a new cohort shortly for 2020. To find out more and register your interest here and also see what our students have to say.
We also run a shorter 2 day UX fundamentals workshop – which will give you or your team a short but intense intro to the fundamentals of best UX practice, user research and testing; interface design & brand.
This programme provides introductory knowledge for a holistic approach to UX best practice and is best suited to graphic or digital product designers or small teams who are looking to develop their current skill-sets in designing for digital services.
You can find out more and book one of the remaining places here.
Who we train
We can help anyone to accelerate their career in Tech. To date we have trained: Career changers, Researchers, Marketers, Graphic/Interface Designers, Project and Account Managers and Entrepreneurs to develop their portfolio of UX Design skills.
Live Client Project
As part of the student learning experience on our part time 10 week UX Design course at Develop Me, we work on live projects and we are very proud to have given two Bristol charities a complete UX Design overhaul of their websites. This collaboration has resulted in each organisation receiving highly valuable consultancy services; resulting in several clickable wireframe solutions free of charge which they can implement immediately into their website.
Benefits to the Client
Whichever design they choose will:
– Improve the experience for their website visitors
– Increase the ‘desired actions’ executed on the website
– Improve profits
The students on our course benefit from working alongside a real client from day one by being exposed to real life research, client communication and learning to collaborate and design as part of a team delivering user-centred solutions.
New Client needed!
We are now looking for another local charity to offer this service to and are welcoming applications to be part of this exciting jointly beneficial venture.
Essentially our students, with the involvement and guidance of our outstanding will run a full UX process with you, on your project.
– Unpacking your challenges and what you want to achieve with your website/app
– Defining your audience and their needs
– Audience research
– Website usability testing
– Information architecture (site map)
– User stories and user journey mapping
– Interactive prototypes of new features for your new website
– Final presentation and handover
Past UX Clients
To date we have collaborated with Penny Brohn and The Matthew, both Bristol charities. They have been overwhelmed by the variety of insights, research and applied wireframes they were presented; many already developed and ready to be implemented into their website structure.
‘It really felt like a gift being offered this level of quality work free of charge as we would never have been able to afford to pay for this ourselves’ (Penny Brohn)
Both clients would be happy to discuss with any organisation considering applying for the September project, how they found the process and give advice on how to prepare for the process.
To apply please have this set up, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements for a great UX Design Project Client
You would need to attend 3-4 sessions on a Thursday night, between mid September and November:
1. Discovery workshop
2. Audience research
3. Information architecture workshop
4. Project presentation
We discuss with you how the research will be conducted – this would really best suit a website with a fairly complex structure and/or one that serves multiple audiences. Or a site that has been around for a while and needs to be evolved to keep up with the expectations of today’s website visitors.
Register your interest
The best thing to do is let us know if you are interested and we can discuss this further. You are also welcome you to pop down to our campus at Develop Me to meet the team!
Our part-time User Experience Design (UXD) course teaches all the key skills required to research, define, design and develop digital services based upon user-centred design principles. It has been developed to help anyone looking to up-skill or change career and move into the ever increasing number of roles in UX Design.
For more information please register your interest here.
It started with a car crash and ended with a baby
The first web developer bootcamp to run in Bristol has now finished, and, by all measures, was a great success!
3 of the 4 students were offered paid work placements by Bristol tech companies, with the fourth on maternity leave before starting a work placement later in the year.
The feedback from the companies they are working with has been extremely positive.
The Coding Fellowship combines 12 weeks of intensive teaching, covering the fundamentals of web development, with a paid industry work placement and help to secure employment as a web developer upon graduation.
The course – run at the Paintworks, the heart of Bristol’s creative and tech quarter – is developed and delivered by industry experts, with a heavy focus on project work, using industry tools and practices, and hands-on learning.
It takes students from beginners all the way through to being employable junior web developers, while building a portfolio of work.
We catch up with two of the students on the spring cohort to find out how they are pursuing a new career in coding.
Read our Q&A with Simon & Kasia: (more…)
OUR FIRST STUDENTS HAVE JUST EMBARKED ON THEIR JOURNEY TO BECOMING WEB DEVELOPERS
The Spring Cohort of the Coding Fellowship began on May 9th, based down at Bristol’s Paintworks the fellowship is the South West’s first coding bootcamp. The programme includes a 12 week intensive taught element – teaching the fundamentals of web development – a paid industry work placement and help finding employment as a web developer upon graduation.
The Bristol and Bath region has recently been recognised as the largest regional digital hub in the UK and with predictions that the digital industries will grow faster than any other in the coming decade, it’s a great time to be learning to code and joining the thriving tech sector. You can read more about this in the recent Tech Nation Report.
Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to a meet, greet and showcase event at the Bristol Games Hub. The directors of the Games Hub – Ben Trewhella (Opposable Games) Debbie & Tom Rawlings (Auroch Digital) – had organised a visit from The Observer. The aim of the day was to introduce them to some of the exciting things happening in the Bristol tech & games scene. We found ourselves in the company of a number of really interesting tech start-ups, indie game developers and VR specialists.
“How can I become a web developer?” is a common question we’re asked.
With increasing interest in the web, ‘digital’ and apps, more and more people are attracted to jobs as web developers or programmers, and there is plenty of discussion around coding and learning to code, as digital plays an increasing importance in our daily lives.