Course DescriptionLearn important principles in user experience and web design that apply to just about any purpose or theme. Gain a variety of design tips and guidelines and explore several pitfalls of web design. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to HTML & CSS or equivalent experience.
Lesson 1: Don’t make me think!
Krug’s First Law of UsabilityLesson 2: How we really use the Web
Scanning, satisficing, and muddling throughLesson 3: Billboard Design 101
Designing for scanning, not reading
Lesson 4: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
Why users like mindless choices
Lesson 5: Omit needless words
The art of not writing for the Web
Lesson 6: Street signs and Breadcrumbs
Lesson 7: The Big Bang Theory of Web Design
The importance of getting people off on the right foot
Lesson 8: “The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends”
Why most arguments about usability are a waste of time, and how to avoid them
Lesson 9: Usability testing on 10 cents a day
Keeping testing simple—so you do enough of itLesson 10: Mobile: It’s not just a city in Alabama anymore