This Winter I headed back into the classroom as a student for the first time in years. I’m always reading about, designing and/or building new projects to keep up on current trends, but decided to head back to my design roots and focus purely on user experience for a few months.
The class was held at Techspace in NYC, and was put on by General Assembly. Think of GA as a school for startups, and if you are in NYC and haven’t stopped by to visit you are missing out. The class was taught by Sarah Doody and Dan Maccarone who have worked on UX design for products and companies like Hulu, Foursquare, Rent the Runway and AdKeeper.
The syllabus was split between lectures and homework, and creation of a product of your own. In the end each student walked out of the class with polished behaviors, wireframes and user-flows for a well vetted experience.
Having worked in User Experience for years, I think the class offered up alternated approaches and thoughts on problems we in the industry face every day. The critiques and feedback from a room of professionsals was worth the time alone, but getting to spend a few months concentrating on a product I believe in was priceless.
Like any form of education, students will get back what they put into the class. Overall I have always had an amazing experience at General Assembly and would recommend their workshops and certificate programs to anyone.
Posted on: 05/22/2012