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About the Course

This hands-on course examines how content is organized and structured to create an experience for a user, and what role the designer plays in creating and shaping user experience. You will be led through a condensed process that acts as a roadmap for developing robust UI/UX design: from ideation and sitemapping, to the creation of paper and digital prototypes. Building on the design skills learned in Visual Elements of User Interface Design, you will apply this methodology to produce a digital prototype for a multi-screen app of your own invention. By the end of this course, you will be able to describe and apply current best practices and conventions in UX design, and employ the fundamental principles of how UX design functions to shape an audience's experience of a given body of content. This is the second course in the UI/UX Design Specialization, which brings a design-centric approach to user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design, and offers practical, skill-based instruction centered around a visual communications perspective, rather than on one focused on marketing or programming alone. These courses are ideal for anyone with some experience in graphic or visual design and who would like to build their skill set in UI or UX for app and web design. It would also be ideal for anyone with experience in front- or back-end web development or human-computer interaction and want to sharpen their visual design and analysis skills for UI or UX....

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Absolutely loved this course. From start to finish, it's a great overview of UX Design, and the assignments are brilliantly designed to get you started working and actually doing UX Design.


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Great course. A little more detailed for just the second course than I thought. Great course and I am learning a lot about this process. I really think I enjoy this type of work.

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By Gleb I

Jan 29, 2019

The content is somewhat interesting, but the instructor teaches in a super dull manner. Even the visuals are mostly white text on black screen. Someone might say it's creative. Well, not for spending 4 hours a week staring at it.

Peer-graded assignments do not provide valuable feedback, because most of the students do not care about it, it's mandatory, and made to get "done" in the completion progress. If you are looking for a right UI / UX course, consider another course or platform.

By Jessica K

Mar 16, 2019

I find the video content and lectures to be excellent and incredibly instructive. I was very frustrated by the peer review system, however. People gave very confusing feedback that sometimes was blatantly untrue. Also, the majority of the grades are done by "fair," "good," and "excellent." If you give someone "good" marks across the board they receive a 75% which is barely passing.

By Rodrigo J

Jan 30, 2019

Nice course, just wished I could get feedback from the instructors as well.

By Lidija K

Nov 11, 2019

People are not reviewing assignments. You don't get any feedback from the professionals!

By Manasi H

Sep 9, 2019

The course has been super helpful in understanding the difference between UI and UX. How to think of content vs design and how to craft your app to make it user-friendly.

However, I find the peer-graded system pointless because a) Our peers are inexperienced to give an informed opinion (We are all still learning, which is why we are participating in the course) and b) a lot of times I have received feedback from fellow students saying they couldn't view an image, as they couldn't enlarge it or a particular page did not open. Not being rated for these sort of reasons is just unfair if the person has genuinely put in effort into their assignments.

By Lyndsay L

Dec 2, 2020

I can't express how much I got out of this course. The professor goes through every aspect of UX development and makes it simple for beginners to understand how to ideate, map, test and create prototypes for a working app. Very rewarding class, and I would recommend it highly especially if you are already familiar with design and adobe software!

By Sourav K D

Aug 17, 2020

Very easily interaction of mind eccentric human interaction feeds and understanding of Design & human interface design. I will recommend every UX designer to once get into this course.

By Adam R

Aug 3, 2020

Informational classes, interesting assignments, challenging timetable. The problem isn't the class itself, but the overall way the class is conducted. You get zero feedback from the instructor, and the peer reviews the class relies on for grading was, in my experience, basically useless. Many peers, when required to leave a comment on your assignment, simply enter a period and move on. I understand that with so many students it's impossible to give everyone a professional review, but there needs to be more stringent standards for peer grading.

By Colleen B

Feb 5, 2019

I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. It was broken down into nice sections. The last week took me the longest to complete as there was a lot of work that went into this assignment. I think that the hour estimates for each week of the course is based on doing the bare minimum. I spent longer each week. I didn't realize at first that there isn't much interaction with the teacher unless I would post a question in the discussion area. The homework is only reviewed by peers. It is helpful sometimes, but it would have been nice to get feedback from the teacher at some point, too. Overall, a great class. Thank you! Colleen

By Helen I

Mar 30, 2020

I think this was excellent course and gives me confidence to start practising UX Design professionally. The course was easy to follow thanks to Michael Worthington teaching and excellently made learning videos. I also liked the interaction with other learners, who made few good points about my designs, and giving feedback. Overall a very good first Coursera experience!

By Patricia F

Sep 8, 2020

Very good course!

It was difficult if you have never used the software before...steep learning curve.

Worth the effort, but I think a lot was assumed in terms of student's experience level.

By Jodie L

Jun 17, 2020

Another great course by Michael, he teaches efficiently and engagingly and squeezes the key points into short and concise clips. The coursework is also fun and challenging. Thank you

By Rafael M R

Jul 5, 2020

No tengo mas que buenos comentarios del curso. Los temas son concretos, bien explicados. En lo personal, recomiendo intentar hacer un poco más de lo mínimo solicitado. Encontré buenas técnicas para bajar la idea a papel (escrito) y llevarlo de la mano hasta el prototipo de alta. Y como cualquier proceso creativo, podías ver como el proyecto o idea iba creciendo, madurando e incluso evolucionando con cada revisión que hacíamos. Y junto con un amigo, llevaremos a la programación el proyecto aquí creado. Saludos desde México

By Christina S

Nov 3, 2019

Good course, the example of perfectly organized information and easy study process. Informative and easy to understand videos and other materials, external links and advices. Quick support on forums is also a valuable thing. Thanks a lot to CalArt members who created this course.

By Jafed E G

Jul 6, 2019

I enjoy the lectures. The professor has a good speaking and teaching style which keeps me interested. Lots of concrete math examples which make it easier to understand. Very good slides which are well formulated and easy to understand

By Eleni-Angela V

Nov 17, 2018

I loved the course! I learned how to make a digital prototype of an app idea, what the process is, what tools to use in order to make it, how to organise it and save time and ask for feedback. I enjoyed it very much! :D

By Ivan C

Feb 5, 2020

I've been a designer for a long time and I have done UX/UI for awhile. This class still opened my eyes to new concepts from design to site structure to user engagement. I can't wait for the next class in the series.

By Sankeerthana P

Nov 8, 2021

The course allows the student to get the fundamentals of UX in a quick-to-understand and interactive format. The course is valuable to get Design concepts and apply them in Design software.

By Marisa G

Jan 4, 2019

Excellent course. A lot of very valuable work is done in this and it's great the execution can be as detailed as you want it to be. Highly recommended.

By Fernando C F

Jun 18, 2020

Great course! pushed me out of my comfort zone, where usually is when you learn the most. But at the same time completely manageable.

By Chris R

Aug 10, 2019

Excellent course, up-to-date, relevant and the best UX course I've taken in the past few years.

By Grace F

Jun 12, 2019

I would have loved to get feedback from the instructor at some point rather than relying just on peer feedback. Also, too much focus theory and lectures. Would be good if the course was more practical. But overall it is good as it is super detailed and I actually got the chance to build something for my portfolio, and also learnt how to use Adobe XD.

By Mina T

Aug 22, 2020

The only problem is peer reviews. It takes so long to receive grades, else this course was very useful, and a lot better than the previous one in this section

By Violet V

Dec 27, 2020

Great course with awesome instruction but the peer reviews aren't the best nor are they helpful. The students have no clue what they are doing design-wise and most don't even give proper feedback just good or will rate something as not good yet never explain their answers or explain how those responses are based on the design concepts. Then you see their work in the next week and it is below standard. Please, take the peer reviews with a grain of salt and only listen to people who have produced great works and have something to show for it. Oh my gosh, if there were proper reviewing, this would be great.

By Marlene H

Feb 23, 2021

The only benefit I got from this course and the course that preceded it, is it whet my appetite to learn more elsewhere, as I learned surprisingly little here. Being a graphic designer myself for 36 years, I can understand the instructors approaching the course from the actual graphic design standpoint as that is his background.

There was much more that could have been included as far as lectures and even reading. There could have been more UI/UX design theory, fundamentals and principles taught. Going to the forums to get a question answered by an instructor in the interest of learning more or understanding something, forget it. I think 95% of the questions asked don’t get answered.

Also, this is listed as a course for beginners but it’s not. There should be a prerequisite that the students know some of the software used. I feel very sorry for the true beginners that might have taken this course and were not even familiar with the design software. The last really awful part of the course is the peer review for the assignments. How can you really learn from people that are just learning themselves? Regardless of the fact that I did well in the course, not being reviewed at least in part by an instructor, or assistant instructor or someone that already has the knowledge seems absurd.

My suggestion is to learn elsewhere like from Udemy, if you want to do the actual design part, as you need to know some of the UI/UX software. If you want to learn from a different aspect perhaps choose another school that has been teaching this topic much longer like the University of Michigan.