UX Boot Camp comes to San Francisco
Course Dates: July 30 - August 2, 2012
Event Location: San Francisco, California
Cooper's UX Boot Camp is an intensive, immersive four-day design training class targeting designers, developers, and product managers who have product design experience but want to take their product design skills and processes to the next level. In short, it’s where people become design leaders. Guided by industry experts, students will learn Cooper's goal-directed design process while working on a real-world product for a nonprofit partner. The class is built around hands-on activities, conducted in pairs and small teams. Participants will learn to:
- Set the stage for effective collaboration
- Define product and service ecosystems
- Conduct design research using both lightweight and in-depth techniques
- Synthesize research data into actionable next steps
- Model personas and build empathy for their current situation
- Storyboard future concepts
- Design a seamless framework for a multi-platform experience (web and mobile)
- Learn how to go beyond features and design for engagement
- Facilitate effective design reviews
- Present like it's theater; choreograph a presentation experience
Along the way, participants will also learn critical leadership, communication and collaboration skills. At the end of this course, you'll have new tools in your design toolkit, and a well-articulated design concept for a real product that you can add to your portfolio.
Our next Boot Camp will be held in San Francisco, CA from July 30 to August 2, and participants will learn the goal-directed design process by creating Web and mobile concepts for Women's Earth Alliance (WEA). WEA partners internationally with grassroots organizations in Africa, India, and the United States. Through those partnerships, WEA provides financial resources, training, advocacy, and peer support to women leaders who are addressing acute environmental and climate changes.
To inspire great work while learning, the course is also part friendly competition. Each team will present their design concepts to a panel of WEA and Cooper judges, and the concepts will be given to the nonprofit at the end of the course.
Our previous UX Boot Camp in Columbus, Ohio was a huge success and now we’re bringing it San Francisco. To get a glimpse of what that UX Boot Camp was like, check out the final concepts pitched by the teams, this post by a participant, or these photos of the magic in action.