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What is interaction design?

Interaction design is the process of thinking about how users will interact with a product and making necessary adjustments. Going beyond the product itself, designers must consider the needs and limitations of potential customers. A successful UX design depends on whether a product fulfills the preferences of its target audience. As a result, experienced teams will take the time to invest in a thoughtful interaction design strategy. 

What are the principles of interaction design?

Simplicity characterizes every aspect of a high-quality product, allowing customers to complete tasks with minimal effort.

Regardless of the product, the one thing all excellent products have in common is their simplified design. Users shouldn’t have to waste energy figuring out the functions of different features. A minimalist design offers a few buttons and clear directions, so people can accomplish tasks with only having to make one or two clicks. 

Companies striving for this streamlined experience will also appreciate terms like consistency and navigation. If a product is accessible on different devices, users should be able to follow the same steps for reaching certain goals. No matter the device, everyone should also know where to go to find the answers they’re looking for. Following basic interaction design principles will enable companies to deliver more satisfying experiences for customers. 

Why do we need interaction design?

By focusing on interaction design, businesses can deliver products that better support the needs of their target audiences.

A product holds little meaning if it doesn’t provide an enjoyable experience for customers, so companies should slow down and organize an interaction design plan. Interaction design compels teams to consider how potential customers benefit from their products. Conducting a heuristic analysis allows designers to locate shortcomings in their products and make improvements to cater to the needs of their users. 

When businesses emphasize interaction design, they build a strong foundation for their products moving forward. Mobile apps and other products that have undergone feedback-driven changes are likely to perform better the first time around. This approach leads to long-term success by avoiding costly mistakes and creating more happy buyers.

 

How do I become an interaction designer?

Education gives aspiring interaction designers a clear advantage, but there are alternative paths for those looking to enter the field.

Many employers hiring for interaction design positions will prefer a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, but individuals have other options for gaining experience and skills. Bootcamps and LinkedIn courses serve as excellent pathways for those just starting out in interaction design. Once beginners have a well-rounded background, they can pursue internships and other entry-level opportunities.

To supplement experience with expertise, aspiring professionals can dive further in with relevant UX design podcasts. In a similar vein, keeping up with industry trends enables people to know what skills are most relevant to companies hiring for interaction designers. With an eye pointed toward the future, rising interaction designers can make smarter choices to attain essential skills and experiences for their careers.

Courses

Expand Your Interaction Design Career Opportunities

Acquire sought-after skills within the design and UX field by completing courses with Udemy. 

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Learn how to become an Interaction Design Specialist along with Wireframing fundamentals and boost your career

 

What you'll learn:

  • Understand the fundamentals of…

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Master UX design: Claim your space in one of the fastest growing industries! (Usability, Beta testing to Prototyping)

 

What you'll learn:

  • Master the art of User…

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Creating Highly Interactive Prototypes and Animations Using Kite Compositor

 

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  • Students will learn to add animations to their prototyping skills…

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Learn how to better design web content for interactive websites, anticipate user requirements and meet their needs

 

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  • learn about dynamic…

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Certifications

Interaction Design Certifications + Programs

With certifications through Udacity, you can increase the possibilities for your design and UX career. 

General Assembly’s Visual Design course helps you explore the art and science of visual communication and the process of creating beautiful digital products. Create a production- ready composition for a responsive webpage, conveying your vision through typography, layout, and color. You’ll learn to give and receive design critique and implement feedback to improve your designs.

 

What you'll accomplish

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students have used software such as Photoshop, Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD* previously and may be familiar with basic design principles. Beginners will have access to optional tutorials to practice using software and boost their confidence ahead of class. Throughout this expert-designed program, you’ll:

  • Conduct research to inform content strategy and design decisions.
  • Create a digital design solution that balances client needs and user goals.
  • Design digital layouts with industry-standard tools such as Figma and Sketch.
  • Implement visual design best practices in composition, typography, imagery, and colors.
  • Communicate design decisions to stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to create a portfolio project: a production-ready mockup for a responsive webpage and a presentation deck to document your process.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation. General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

 

General Assembly

Learn the tools and techniques to design products that are equal parts useful, functional, and delightful. Focusing on both theoretical frameworks and practical applications, students in General Assembly’s User Experience Design course will develop a portfolio project of their choosing — receiving expert feedback along the way.

 

What you'll accomplish

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with digital design concepts. Whether you’re new to the field or you’re looking to formalize your practice, our curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools and documentation and put them to work for you, your company, and your career. Throughout this expert-designed program, you’ll:

  • Discover how to identify, ideate, articulate, and develop design solutions for UX challenges.
  • Describe how UX designers work with product managers, developers, and visual designers.
  • Explore the current UX design landscape through relevant, real-world examples.
  • Develop and document personas, journey maps, user flows, and annotated wireframes.
  • Utilize industry-standard tools to propose and refine design decisions.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to create a portfolio project: a new or redesigned digital product experience.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation. General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

 

General Assembly

General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive is a transformative course designed for you to get the necessary skills for a UX Design role in three months. 

The User Experience Design bootcamp is led by instructors who are expert practitioners in their field, supported by career coaches that work with you since day one and enhanced by a career services team that is constantly in talks with employers about their UX Design hiring needs.

 

What you'll accomplish

As a graduate, you’ll have a portfolio of projects that show your creative and technical ability to launch the next generation of successful apps, websites and digital experiences. Throughout this program, you will:

  • Identify and implement the most effective methods of user research to gain a deeper understanding of what users want and need.

  • Use interaction and visual design techniques to craft a dynamic digital product that brings delight and function to users.

  • Conduct usability testing to make product experiences more accessible for diverse user populations and environments.

  • Learn best practices for working within a product team, employing product management techniques and evaluating technical constraints to better collaborate with developers.

  • Produce polished design documentation, including wireframes and prototypes, to articulate design decisions to clients and stakeholders.

  • Prepare for the world of work, compiling a professional-grade portfolio of solo, group, and client projects.

 

Prerequisites

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although many students are familiar with common tools for graphic and web designers and some may have had exposure to UX concepts in the past. The General Assembly curriculum helps you gain fluency in end-to-end UX processes, tools, and documentation and put them to work on the path to a new career as a User Experience Designer.

 

Why General Assembly

Since 2011, General Assembly has graduated more than 40,000 students worldwide from the full time & part time courses. During the 2020 hiring shutdown, GA's students, instructors, and career coaches never lost focus, and the KPMG-validated numbers in their Outcomes report reflect it. *For students who graduated in 2020 — the peak of the pandemic — 74.4% of those who participated in GA's full-time Career Services program landed jobs within six months of graduation.  General Assembly is proud of their grads + teams' relentless dedication and to see those numbers rising. Download the report here.

 

Your next step? Submit an application to talk to the General Assembly Admissions team


 

Note: reviews are referenced from Career Karma - https://careerkarma.com/schools/general-assembly

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