Advanced User Experience (UX) Design

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  • Contents Video: 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Building an attractive, useful and usable website is difficult, and can take much time, thought and creativity. Even so, the quality of a site’s user interface can be the most important part of a site’s success. This is especially true as websites and web ‘apps’ become more complex, feature rich, and mobile responsive.

This course begins with a detailed presentation of over 250 usability software tools. I have spent over a year researching and categorizing these tools, and have made this research available to you on my website. Many of the tools have no cost associated with them. Much of the course content will be referring to a lot of the better software tools and discussing when and where these tools can be best applied in the context of User Experience Design.

It is important to point out that I am not endorsing, promoting or encouraging anyone to buy or sign up for any of the software tools, books or resources that are presented on the site. The purpose of presenting the research and rankings of the software tools, books and resources, is to make you aware of the existence of such tools and to help you to make a decision on what types of tools will benefit you in the field of User Experience Design.

The topics presented in this course are not necessarily required to be viewed in a linear fashion. Feel free to choose topics that are of interest to you and view those lectures about which you would most like to learn.

  • Wouldn’t it be great to have an updated list of virtually ALL usability software tools, and have them
    • Separated into reasonable categories, and then
    • Ranked by popularity?
  • Don’t you wish you knew which were the top, most up-to-date books on web usability and user experience (UX) design?
  • Couldn’t you benefit from knowing the latest research results on user experience design?
  • Wouldn’t you like to know which operating systems and browsers are most used, so you can focus on ensuring that your sites work well on them?

This course not only provides a discussion of the best tools, books and research, but also ranks them to help you better understand which are most popular with your colleagues, including thousands of website designers and user experience (usability) professionals.

What makes this an advanced ‘user experience’ course?

  • We assume that you already know the basics or fundamentals of good user interface design for websites and web apps, so we will not waste your time by repeating what you already know,
  • We know that the world of user experience design is constantly changing, so we do not try to force ever-aging information into a static book or a limited training course,
  • We take full advantage of the most useful characteristics of the Internet by making it an integral part of the course, giving you access to Web-based information (dynamic content) that is updated even as you are taking the course,
  • We include the latest ideas, knowledge and expertise of the top usability and user experience experts, by including information from their best books, insights from their software tools, and perceptions gained from their latest research reports,
  • ·Finally, we focus on the future by helping you to understand which are currently the most popular books and software tools, so you do not waste time on old ideas, outdated knowledge and last year’s ‘look and feel’,

Keep in mind that it is the most professional, state-of-the-art user interfaces that lead to excellent user experiences. So prepare yourself to dive deep into an exciting, new training experience. Just click the blue ‘Take This Course’ button (upper right on this page), and let’s get started. Your view of ‘user experience’ will never be the same!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a basic understanding of usability and user experience issues
  • You will need a computer with an Internet connection, and a modern web browser

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Find a ranked listing of the top 250 user experience software tools
  • Find a ranked listing of the top 50 usability and user experience books
  • Explore an overview of the most used usability research journals and conferences
  • Understand the difference between refereed and non-refereed research articles
  • Access a set of research-based usability guidelines
  • Understand an overview of currently used operating systems and browsers
  • Understand user demographics for computer users
  • Describe languages used by computer users and common languages used on websites
  • Understand the ranking of all usability and user experience tools using six different criteria
  • Know about a ranked listing of several software prototyping tools
  • Learn about a ranked listing of several card sorting software tools and card sorting methods
  • Understand common navigation issues in websites and web apps
  • Learn the steps for conducting navigation, findability or tree tests
  • Be familiar with several content design issues
  • Understand the use of writing and readability tools
  • Learn about a ranked listing of several accessibility tools
  • Learn about using the 'W3C Validator Suite'
  • Learn about several color contrast and color scheme tools
  • Understand design issues dealing with color blindness
  • Learn about Using screen color capturing tools
  • Understand using user interface elements tools
  • Learn about the concept of effective infographics
  • Understand the importance of dealing with different screen resolutions and using screen resolution tools
  • Learn about screenshot and video recording tools
  • Learn about reducing image and video size
  • Understand the user performance testing process
  • Know where to find several good user performance testing tools
  • Know where to find several A/B and multivariate testing tools
  • Understand the importance of traffic analysis tools
  • Learn about satisfaction testing tools
  • Find a ranked listing of several participant recruiting tools
  • Find a ranked listing of several survey tests or evaluations tools
  • Learn about conducting eye tracking evaluations
  • Learn about several mouse tracking tools
  • Learn about several participant video evaluations and screenshot tools
  • Understand cross-browser evaluations tools
  • Learn about several responsive design evaluations tools

What is the target audience?

  • Web Designers and Developers
  • Mobile Designers and Developers
  • Usability Professionals
  • User Experience Specialists
  • Students

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Purpose of the Course and Intended Audience
Introduction to the Course
06:35
My Qualifications and Background
Preview
02:18
Attractive Sites are Not Necessarily Useful Sites
01:33
Section 2: The Webusability.com Website
An Introduction to the Site
01:00
An Overview of Webusability.com
01:58
Selecting and Sorting Criteria
05:33
Testing and Evaluation Example
Preview
03:17
More on the Prototyping and Mockups Tools
01:26
Section 3: Usability and User Experience Books
Other Information on the Website
02:00
The 7 Categories of Books
06:37
The 6 Criteria within Each Category
02:33
Section 4: Research and Guidelines
Introduction
00:51
Refereed vs. Non-Refereed Research Articles
00:41
Research Journals and Conferences
03:00
Website Publishing
02:39
The User Interface Update
02:21
Usability Guidelines
Preview
02:01
Section 5: User-Computer Issues
Introduction
00:43
Operating Systems and Browsers
05:03
Connectivity
04:12
User Demographics
01:50
User Languages
02:23
Section 6: Prototyping
Introduction
01:24
Types of Prototypes
12:44
Selecting a Prototyping Tool
06:42
Most Prototypes Do Not Create Usable Code
01:40
Section 7: Card Sorting and Navigation
Introduction
02:58
Types of Card Sorting
05:09
An Open Card Sorting Demo
04:15
Closed Card Sorting Example
02:38
Conclusion
Preview
01:59
Section 8: Navigation Testing
Introduction
03:02
Common Navigation Issues
01:16
Steps in Conducting a Navigation Test
02:47
Navigation Test Video
03:41
Navigation Metrics
Preview
02:56
Findability Testing Tests
00:22
Other Tools
03:15
Section 9: Content Design
Introduction
01:01
The ‘InboundWriter’ Tool
03:15
Dealing with Keywords
01:12
Word Counters
01:38
Writing and Readability
04:11
Spelling and Grammar
00:58
Duplicate Content
02:51
Conclusion
00:45
Section 10: Display (Screen) Design: Accessibility
Introduction
01:03
Accessibility
01:16
The W3C Validator Suite
03:14
Checking Color Contrasts
01:08
Non-visual User Interfaces
01:55
Section 11: Display Design: Color
Introduction
00:33
Color Schemes Tools
03:27
Color Blindness
01:12
Capturing Potential Screen Colors Tools
05:02
Color Variations and Names Tools
03:39
Section 12: User Interface Elements and Dummy Text
User Interface Elements Introduction
00:42
User Interface Elements Tools
Preview
03:12
Dummy (Filler) Text and Images Introduction
01:31
Dummy (Filler) Text and Images Tools
03:31
Section 13: Display Design: Forms and Infographics
Input Forms Introduction
01:01
Input Forms Tools
02:08
Infographics Introduction
01:49
Infographics Tools
08:27
Section 14: Display Design: Layout and Resolution
Unusual Tools Introduction
00:22
The ‘Wirify’ Tool
01:32
The ‘No Click Interactions’ Tool
01:07
The ‘Spur’ Tool
02:14
The ‘Where’s the Fold?’ Tool
01:35
The Screen Resolution Introduction
01:31
Screen Resolution ‘StatCounter’ Data
02:49
Screen Resolution Simulator Tools
00:18
Section 15: Display Design: Images and Video
Image Editors Introduction
00:31
Image Editors Tools
00:21
Video Editors Introduction
00:39
Video Editors Tools
01:08
Screenshot and Video Recording Tools Introduction
00:52
The ‘Snagit’ Tool
02:07
Reducing Image and Video Sizes Introduction
00:50
PNG vs. JPG Reduction Strategies
04:16
Image Resizing Tools
03:15
Section 16: User Performance Testing
Testing and Evaluation Introduction
01:58
User Performance Testing Introduction
00:50
The User Performance Testing Process
02:09

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Bob Bailey, User Experience Designer and Consultant

Dr. Bailey is an excellent teacher, and has conducted seminars and training for computer professionals and web designers throughout the world in classrooms and in online media. He has been on the faculties of several schools, including Columbia University and Stevens Institute of Technology, is a web designer, consultant and is the author of many research articles, technical reports, and several books. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Rice University in ‘human performance psychology’, and has an international reputation as an author, consultant, researcher and lecturer.

Dr. Bailey is the president of Computer Psychology, Inc., an education, research and consulting company based in the United States. Before starting his own company, he worked for many years as a usability professional in the prestigious ‘Human Performance Technology Center’ at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey.

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