The next quarter of Code Academy's web design course will be on April 10th, and the application deadline for it is tomorrow!
This intensive course is geared towards those developing start-up ideas, or those looking to transition more fully into user-centered web design. Students connect with a large network of mentors, and we cover these core areas:
Design research techniques like field observation and interviews
User modeling techniques like personas, user journeys, mental models
Visual design principles like color, balance, font usage and layout
Conceptual design techniques like sketching, mood board creation
Interaction design and information architecture tools like wireframes, site maps, flows, and card sorting activities
Design tools such as Balsamiq and Photoshop
Basic skills in front-end development with HTML5 and CSS3
Basics of business modeling and brand definition
Usability testing to validate design with users
Communication skills such as presenting and facilitating
The course involves 10 hrs of in-class time for 11 weeks, in Chicago's new 1871 collaborative space for the startup community. More on the space here: http://www.1871.com/overview/
And more on the course:
If you'd like to apply, or know someone who might be, here's the place to go!