Whether you have been developing software for 20 years, or are just getting started, you'll learn a formal process and set of practices for designing interfaces and experiences during this three-day experiential studio.
Day 1: Discovery and Specifications
- Creating project briefs
- Conducting design research
- Deriving requirements from personas and scenarios
Day 2: Framework Definition
- Storyboarding user flows
- Creating lo-fidelity sketches and prototypes
- Usability testing designs
DaY 3: DETAIL DESIGN AND REVIEW
- Polishing the interface
- Creating a style guide
- Applying the Process
How can learning a formal design process help me?
Most people and businesses don't know exactly what they want or need. As a result, it is almost impossible to hit the right solution the first time and a lot of time, money, and effort is spent undoing the initial attempts or working around ingenious solutions to the wrong problem. An effective design process saves money by identifying the right problems to solve and by developing effective solutions early when it is most cost effective.
Developing Scenarios, utilizing constraints, lo-fidelity sketching, finding design patterns, prototyping, usability testing...each of these practices help you develop your initial ideas into fantastic solutions.
When you put these practices together in a repeatable, formal process, you can reliably produce great work while saving money and delivering on time. You also foster cooperation with your clients and users, making it significantly easier to sell better projects.
Who's teaching the studio?
Dr. Don Levan, the founder and Lead Designer of Vanguard Custom Software, is an experience designer who helps business owners create exceptional software and user experiences. A recognized FileMaker expert, Dr. Levan was hired by Apple Inc., to provide consulting to FileMaker on the design of the company's Starter Solutions and many of the features used by FileMaker developers worldwide.
In addition to being a sought-after speaker at the FileMaker Developers Conference, PauseOnError conferences, and other software industry events, Dr. Levan has personally trained countless professionals in the software design principles that are the foundation of Vanguard's proven design process. Dr. Levan is a FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 certified developer.
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What else do I need to know?
We will be transforming a 3,000 sqare foot Manhattan loft space into our Design Studio. The studio will be held at Basha Studio 34 - two blocks from the Empire State Building in the heart of New York City (34th Street, between Park Avenue South and Madison Avenue).
The Studio will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers. Paper, sharpies, sticky notes, and six-up templates will be provided. Participants will receive a recommended reading list in advance of the Studio. Participants are responsible for their own meals.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions.