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How To Communicate With Typography

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Ellen Lupton, Writer, Designer, Curator and Educator

Typography is an essential element of user experience. Language appears everywhere in digital communication, from micro-copy and UI elements to long-form articles. An effective typographic design helps users find the content they want.

As a designer, you probably know that feeling at ease and creative with typography takes time and experience. But a little expert advice can make it much easier for you!

In this Master Class webinar, Ellen Lupton will show you how to apply basic principles of typography to meet communication challenges. Learn how to focus on what you want users to see, do, and feel as they navigate a text. Inspiring examples and practical demos will help you enhance the meaning of a text by applying basic design principles such as:

  • Fonts: How to choose and combine typefaces
  • Alignment: How to build a structured layout
  • Patterns: How to create emphasis
  • Details: How to make it sparkle and shine

Ellen Lupton is the author of dozens of best-selling design guides, and with her tips, you can make confident choices about fonts and layouts.

Join this Master Class webinar learn how typography can improve your work as a UX or UI designer from the bottom-up and the inside-out. Even if you cannot attend it live, register to get a recording that you can watch anytime afterwards!

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Human Biases: A Practical Guide For Designers

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Susan Weinschenk, Chief Behavioral Scientist and CEO, The Team W, Inc.
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Guthrie Weinschenk, COO, The Team W, Inc.

In our fast-paced, information-laden world, time and attention are scarce. People often make decisions and experience reactions almost automatically, using mental shortcuts. These shortcuts are just the brain’s way of processing information more efficiently. They help people get through life without feeling overwhelmed by the constant barrage of information they encounter.

Unfortunately, in its efforts to reduce cognitive load, the human brain may default to certain patterns or exclude key information. This manifests in the form of cognitive biases. These biases are intrinsically human—product designers and product users alike are subject to the influence of various biases. While one person’s biases may be shaped by their life experiences and differ from another’s, there are also universal biases at play when human beings are faced with decisions.

If you’re a designer who creates products or services where users need to make choices and take actions, it is extremely important to be aware of these universal human biases. This awareness will help you recognize when your own biases are at play in the design process. Secondly, it will help you empathize deeply with your users and account for biases that can affect how they use your product.

In this Master Class webinar, Susan and Guthrie Weinschenk will show you:

  • What a human bias is
  • Common biases such as ownership bias, sunk cost bias, familiarity bias, and many more
  • How biases affect decisions
  • How biases affect the products you design

When you understand human biases better, it will help you improve your research and design processes in unprecedented ways. If you’ve been looking for a way to dive into this topic or update your knowledge, this Master Class webinar is the perfect way to do so. Even if you cannot attend it live, register to get a recording you can watch anytime afterwards!

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UX Writing: How To Use Words As A Design Power Tool

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Torrey Podmajersky, Author, Speaker and UX Writer at Google

The basics of language are easy, right? We all write emails, texts, and more. So why are so many software development hours spent agonizing over which words will “fix” broken experiences? Companies have learned that visual and interaction design systems make and save them money—and build customer satisfaction, trust, and brand affinity—but still, many companies ignore words in this equation.

What’s missing is a shared understanding of what makes UX content good. The words should meet heuristic quality benchmarks, align with customer goals and business priorities, and make a measurable impact. The content should be as consistent as the navigational elements, and convey the brand as clearly as the color palette.

In this Master Class webinar, Torrey Podmajersky, author of Strategic Writing for UX, will lead you through unique frameworks to design content that drives engagement, conversion, and retention by meeting customer goals.

You’ll learn:

  • What makes UX writing good
  • What UX content is, and how it’s different from other kinds of content
  • A framework to align UX content voice to business principles
  • Where UX writing fits in to the design and development process
  • Methods to measure the impact of content on customer and business goals
  • Bonus! What is UX writing vs. Content strategy vs. Content design?

Join this Master Class to learn how you can start to examine and improve your UX content, even if your team doesn’t feel like it has room for a dedicated writer. Identify quick opportunities for improvements with the frameworks you’ll learn from Torrey. Even if you cannot attend it live, register to get a recording that you can watch anytime afterwards!

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How To Design Inclusive And Accessible Experiences

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Regine Gilbert, UX Designer, Professor and Author

Accessible design experiences aren’t just good to have—they’re a moral imperative. Based on estimates from a World Health Organization report on disabilities, without accessible design, you would exclude about 15% of the world’s total population; that’s equal to over 1 billion people!

In many countries today, the push for accessible design is growing, with some regions imposing penalties on products that do not prioritize accessibility. But around the world and across industries, accessible design is still not practiced widely enough—or even understood widely enough.

To truly create accessible experiences, you need a design strategy which ensures that accessibility has a prominent place in every stage of your design process. To help you get started, in this Master Class webinar, Regine Gilbert will show you:

  • How to prepare a strategy for inclusion and accessibility
  • How to create an accessible style guide
  • How to conduct co-design and participatory design
  • How designing with people with disabilities benefits your products
  • How to communicate accessibility features through prototypes and wireframes
  • How to establish an understanding of accessibility for design systems

Besides being the right thing to do for humankind at large, accessible design brings benefits for all users. Features primarily designed to help users with disabilities can also help non-disabled users in many different contexts of use; for example, video captions that help users with hearing difficulties can also help those who need to watch the video without audio.

When you design for users of varied abilities, you can maximize the impact of great design and create a more equal future. You’ll also grow your skill-set and learn to meet the demands of changing legislation and expectations for the design world. So register for this Master Class webinar and acquire these all-important skills—even if you cannot attend it live, register to get a recording that you can watch anytime afterwards!

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UX Bootcamps

Give your UX career a kickstart through our online, mentor-led bootcamps. Get personally coached and linked up with a recruiter.

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Get a New Job in UX Design

An exciting opportunity for those with a working knowledge of UX to create and hone a personal portfolio site and work towards a new job in UX. You’ll be paired with a mentor who suits your personality, knowledge and experience to ensure you receive the most valuable feedback and advice. What’s more, you’ll work on unique projects relevant to your industry and career interests, get support with your job applications and have a call with a design recruiter!

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