I’ve been a very busy girl this fall. Immersing myself into all things web development has all but consumed me. I’ve gained a few pounds, missed several workouts and my meal prep is all but non-existent. However, don’t pity me, be happy for me! I’ve been getting busy, learning so much about so much, I don’t know where to start.
I guess starting at the beginning of the semester is a good place.
This fall, I took a Usability and User Experience class. We learned theory of UX, lo-fi and hi-fi prototyping, colors, story boards, icon design, user testing, onboarding, style guides and so much more. Our final project was an app rebranding for a bike share company.
The instructor, Michael Estok, was a joy to learn from. He works full-time as a freelance UX designer in the Philadelphia area. I took this class because the one I wanted to take wasn’t being offered, and I’m very glad I did. He made UX approachable, fun, social and less of a mystery. I’m not the design-y type, but he encouraged and pushed us all into making some pretty cool projects.
Here is my final project. I passed the class!
Also on my schedule this fall was classes with GDI. I’m a member of Girl Develop It Philly and I TA’d my first class this fall. I also took a few classes with them. I took Intro to Git & Github and HTML/ CSS 202: Flexbox Layouts. I met some nice ladies and was introduced to Github! How DOPE is that!
I also gave my 1st talk!!! I attended BarCamp Philly and threw my hat in the ring to give a talk. Thanks Michael for bringing it up just 2 days before. I faced a room full of people who came to hear me (ME!!). My topic was called, ” If you sit at a screen all day, what is your self-care regimen?”. If I was going to say anything, it was going to be something that is familiar to me. I was nervous, chatty, but the group was fun and very engaged. after 45 minutes, I survived! We came up with a great list of things we could all do to raise our wellness IQ (see below). At the end, we stretched. The sounds and groans of stiff bodies warmed my heart! They listened and even learned a thing or 2.
— Scooter Phoenix (@ScooterPhoenix) November 12, 2016
I found out the course I really wanted to take next semester isn’t available. I just signed up for a class at the local community college to take Java I. I’m considering getting my Masters in Computer Science, but since I was a business major, I have quite a few prerequisites to make up.
- 1 year of Java
- 1 year of Calculus
- Data Structures
- and many more
I’ll putz around the next year or so and decide what’s next. In the meantime, I have so much learning to do. Let’s see what unfolds.
Here are some links we covered in UX
- Just Enough Research
- The Noun Project
- Invision App
- Material Design
- Material Icons
- User Onboard
- 5 Myths About User Onboarding
- NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970)
- Government Services Design Manual
- Code for America
- Lonely Planet Style Guide
- Website Style Guide Resources
- The iOS Design Guidelines
- A Practical Guide to Converting Your Sketches to Working Prototypes
- Facebook Design
- Adobe Comp CC
- Design with Napkin
- Free UI Icons
- Colorable – Color Palette Combination Contrast Tester
- Blue Beanie Day
- Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off
- The State of UX in 2017
- Storyboarding & UX Part 1
- Exercise: Story Boarding
- Why Empty States Deserve More Design Time
- Susan Kare
- Redesigning the Spotify Icon Suite
- How to Design Better App Icons