UX Design Programmes & free Reading to catch up this semester

A few weeks ago I finally decided to order the Design of everyday things‘ by Don Norman after having that book PDF’d on my computer for over a year now, I finally decided to give it a read. I don’t know what it is about UXDesign that is fascinating, but hey, we’re just trying to get our feet wet in everything

In this post, I’ve tried putting together a UX Resource Sheet where you can find and compare programs- free & paid, Extra Readings, Blogs & Books in one place based on Cost, time spent, certification, curriculum & mentorship.

if you’re looking for a structured approach to getting started or if you want an entry-level job as a junior designer. *or as the courses promise themselves*

All the links are included in a PDF that you can download below.

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Learning UX design can be pretty overwhelming sometimes as a beginner, It’s like finding the right workout-nutrition fit where everyone has a piece of advice on what has already worked well for them. With so many choices available online, you’re faced with the challenge of narrowing down your decision to One, that of course when you want a structured program.

As of last month alone the search volume for “UX design” was over 49k thousand google searches (as seen on ubersuggest.com) with an SEO difficulty of 69 (which is the minimum SEO score your website needs to rank on the search).

Apparently, it turns out that UX and UI are both very popular terms with the search interest for User Interface design rising to almost 100 on 17th Sep 2021. The interest in UX design is very visible & although it was always there around for the past few years, the need to find good sources of information and mentors *yes* is still persistent.

User experience as an independent field is still rising. The first person to ever have UX  as a job title was Don Norman back in early 1995 when he joined the team at Apple. He was the person who came up with the term UX Design back in the day. Watch more on what Don Norman thinks about the term UX Design today

Read more here on the history and evolution of UX. Here is a good video explanation by Career Foundry

History of UX by Career Foundry

Paid UXDesign Programmes

There are a few programs that are perfect to get you started as a beginner while others are a bit more advanced or intermediate, dealing with specific UX and psychological concepts of user-centric design. Some of them are subscription-based while others offer a one-time payment and come at varying price tags

Google x Coursera

Google has a comprehensive program for absolute beginners that is a bundle of 7 courses, with each course having about 4-6 weeks, put together to help anyone with a certificate get “job-ready skills” with an overall understanding of UX design. This program is part of a series of professional training programs by Google with the option to learn at your own pace.

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Source: arkzai

This program comes free if you’re already a member of Coursera, although if not there are three alternatives to choose from depending on the time it might take you to complete It just depends on how long you think you need to complete the full program

1 Month – Rs. 1,039

3 Months – Rs. 2,805

6 Months – Rs. 4,987

(Actual prices may vary with discounts)

Why you should take this course

A. It’s from Google *call me biased*

B. It has real deadlines

C. It helps you put Three projects towards your portfolio

Although we had a few UX Design modules sprinkled in this semester, I still chose to start by touching each subject within the UX design spectrum to get a better understanding. I am past the first 2 courses & honestly, it’s amazing! All material is put together in such great detail and it’s enjoyable (more on that later)


Source: Interactiondesign.org

Mads Soegaard was the founder of Interaction Design Foundation back in 2003.

Today it’s a very large community of UX design mentors and students. Interaction Design Foundation is like the design school for Human-centric design.

The programs are based on an annual membership fee starting at Rs 550/– per month for students. The courses are divided into three tiers from beginner to advanced covering a majority of the UX spectrum with boot camps and access to a lot of free-to-download literature.

There is an option to join your local community of UX Designers. With groups based in every city for attending meetups or for simply networking. The courses themselves are reviewed by their team of experts unlike peer-reviewed courses with an examination you need to clear which awards you a beautiful certificate.

The difference between Google and courses at IDF is that in IDF the courses are more focused on a more specific area with a ton of valuable literature and there is something for everyone to fulfill their interests.

Sign up to their mailing list to get posts delivered to your inbox. You also get a FREE e-book on the basics of User Experience Design (Click here) on the website with 9 Chapters. Scroll down to the footer to sign up on their website.

Career Foundry

Career Foundry is also a leading course provider with programs for career shifts into the tech industry. They have four programs from UI, UX to Web Development, and Data Analytics ranging from 5 to 10 months.

Their training programs are significantly longer and come with a higher price tag. They are structured with a more rigorous curriculum with a community of students to match the feeling of a design university. You can also view the student portfolio projects here

Once you sign up for their courses you get a mentor and a tutor. They offer a series of 6 FREE short courses from UX/UI to Web development, which is a good introduction from their tutors and mentors.

Resource Sheet

To find the full list of Free courses, readings, Blogs Books, and the course comparison sheet. Download the file below

Link here to the downloadable file

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