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About the Course

This design-centric course examines the broad question of what an interface is and what role a designer plays in creating a user interface. Learning how to design and articulate meaning using color, type, and imagery is essential to making interfaces function clearly and seamlessly. Through a series of lectures and visual exercises, you will focus on the many individual elements and components that make up the skillset of an interface designer. By the end of this course, you will be able to describe the key formal elements of clear, consistent, and intuitive UI design, and apply your learned skills to the design of a static screen-based interface. This is the first 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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Mar 31, 2020

This course is very useful for a beginner who is looking for the basics of UI/UX course.\n\nThis course will give you the basic idea of interface design which very important for its advanced studies.


May 23, 2021

This course is very useful for a beginner who is looking for the basics of UI/UX course.\n\nThis course will give you the basic idea of interface design which very important for its advanced studies.

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By John A M

Oct 23, 2019

I like the material that was presented and I learned some useful information that will help me with the rest of the courses. The one thing that I did not like was that all assignments were only peer reviewed. It would have been nice for an instructor to give his/her feedback. Another thing that wold have been nice to see were more real world examples as the instructor went over things.

By Rishan D M

Apr 29, 2020

I did expect more from the initial course. I gave it 3 star because I felt like it was all theory and no practical information was given as such. All the assignments I did were from my practical understanding from experiences. I'd expect a more hands-on approach and case-study learning from these type of courses. Anyways the overall course was good and workflow was neatly designed.

By Jerry S

Aug 29, 2020

The course material is BRILLIANT. I strenuously disagree with the structure and results from my peer review. Next course will be examination only. I want more frequent and difficult tests and authority-reviewed items. If I could go back and not pass on the feedback I've received I would. Very disappointed -- and, again, the course lectures and presentations are terrific.

By Maryam e G

Aug 30, 2021

i really liked the content and was very informative , maybe the videos has a bit of redundency sometimes that makes me lose focus but the material and information itself is very useful , however the grading system of peer reviewing does not seem to work , the grading is very subjective and done by people taking this course with me , not by the professionals

By Deleted A

Jul 1, 2020

I thought the flow and breakdown of content was clean and straight forward. In my opinion, the course was a bit easy and basic. I like the note high lighter feature!

Overall, i was not too happy with this course, maybe it was the few peers that left vague comments on my project but i thought there would be more instructor feedback.

By Georgina M

Feb 24, 2020

Is a pretty great course to help you get an entry nowledge about UX.

However, i'm not sure that I agree with the point system. There are other students reviewing your work. I didn't see any professor reviewing your work, so your final score becomes less important.

Beside that, is a great course!


Oct 12, 2020

Boring instructor, boring visuals, really hard to engage and not fall asleep. As a Ux/ui course the graphics should improve significantly and the voice of the instructor is a snooze feast. I feel like the content was ok but he keeps referring to his old student’s work.

By Marianna P

May 22, 2020

Liked the idea of peer assignment but i also wanted the feedback of a professional. Unfortunately i am in this industry and i already know a lot of things than others. I am reviewing many assignments in order to help others. I would like to have someone like me too.


Jun 7, 2020

I there's a bug in the peer review section. I submitted a complete requirement then I got zero scores from 2 peer review. I think they didn't see my submission. It also happened to me, I got to review another submission without the attached assignment.

By Mir R

Dec 10, 2020

The material was excellently laid out. My main issue was with the grading system, since I had to resubmit my final assignment with some people in the class grading it as if this was a senior project instead of the introductory course that it is.

By Iván J

Aug 30, 2021

While it provided a lot of good theoretical content, a lot of it relies on outdated scenarios/interfaces. It is a good course for a super beginner, but not for people like me who already know the theory but want to improve their UI skills.

By Tassawar A

Mar 9, 2022

Over all the basic of this course is very good. I am giving 3 stars because the way of explaining it on screen is not good. It can be more catchy. They should use little bit animations for explanations. But the course is informative.

By Swaroopkrishna N

Jun 6, 2020

I loved this course. But the thing that pisses me off is the peer to peer review, the grade is just so unfair. The peers are inexperienced, they do not have any ability or right to judge other peers. Grades matter to users.

By Dalilah B

Apr 21, 2020

The theory part is very well done and the explanation in every video is perfect. I regret a bit the fact that the only judges are peers regarding the exams. It should have been 50/50 with a professional part.


Apr 21, 2020

useful for beginners who have no background knowledge in UI/UX DESIGN and it's helpful to start your own career in app or web design.

you have to review peer grading idea because i think it's not really fair.

By Mirela C

Jun 21, 2021

Course is pretty basic. For a person who already has some UI design knowledge it will be too easy. The information and visual examples are very outdated. The voice recording is of poor quality.

By Monique C

May 21, 2020

It was well explained and a great intro to UI design. However, I think I would've greqtly benefited from at least one project being graded by a professional as opposed to my fellow peers.

By Shannon F

Jul 19, 2021

This course gives a good theoretical overview of UI design which is important, but not much practical experience or any real world examples that would relate to a real world experience

By Juliette M

Jan 8, 2021

The course was almost a bit too basic, not in its core lecturing, but the given assignments. I really didn't walk away from this course feeling like I did anything of substance.

By Vibha B S

Aug 30, 2020

The overall course is good but my point is they have to explain designing tools as well so that people can easily design their app easier with a more clear interface.

By Krishna V K

Jul 5, 2020

Great Learning experience. The pier review system can be imporved a lot by adding resposibility on the part of the reviewer

By Alice L

May 6, 2022

I​ am sorry to say that, but it's WAY TOO OUTDATED. Maybe basic info is ok, but the examples they gave.. ugh.

By Єлизавета В

Apr 23, 2022

i​t is the real basic. I would like more lessons to learn how to use some programs for such a design.