Design for Humanity: A New Perspective on User Experience
What you'll learn
- Understand the basic principles of user experience design
- Challenge your own vision using new methodologies
- Improve your ability to interview users
- Stress test your work for potential flaws early
- An interest in design is helpful, but no background in design is required.
- No special materials or software are required to complete the practical exercises in this course.
Designing for humans is tough. We design for millions, but every interaction between our work and a user is personal, and we aren’t taught to take care with those interactions. I created this course because I want everything we design to meet the real needs and wants of real people.
This course draws from my recent book with Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Design for Real Life and is best for learners who are new to design or looking to strengthen their emerging user experience design skillset. And since design is everywhere, a wide range of professionals will benefit from this course.
If you want a set of tools for stress-testing your work to make sure it’s as human-centered, compassionate, and inclusive as possible, this is the course for you.
By the end of the course, you will have gone through practical exercises around how to challenge your vision and design a compassionate user research process; seen how to improve interviews and talk to real people about their user experiences with your product; explored new ways to think outside as well as inside the box; and practiced ways to avoid the tunnel vision we all too often develop about our own work.
Who this course is for:
- This course is not only for designers; it is targeted at a wide range of professionals.
- This course is designed for individuals who are new to design or looking to strengthen an emerging skillset.
Eric A. Meyer is an internationally-recognized author, speaker, blogger, and sometime teacher and consultant. He is currently technical lead at Rebecca’s Gift (rebeccasgift.org) and co-founder of An Event Apart (aneventapart.com) with Jeffrey Zeldman. In the course of his lengthy career, Eric has written numerous books and articles about CSS, HTML, and web standards. In his most recent book, Design for Real Life, Eric and his co-author Sara Wachter-Boettcher (sarawb.com) teach how to design with not just empathy, but compassion. He’s been working on the Web since 1993 and still finds it deeply compelling.