Web Design for Usability

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Beginner

How This Course Will Help Your Career

What You’ll Learn

  • The principles of user-centered design and to apply them to your designs to improve usability
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness and usability of alternative designs
  • Why it is important to have clear, conceptual models and early design
  • The importance of involving users in the design process
  • Basic usability and accessibility guidelines that you can apply to your designs

Usability and profitability are two sides of the same coin. Simple improvements in usability can greatly increase the probability that your e-commerce site will be a success... however, the opposite is also true! It is therefore crucial that all designers consider usability early on in the design process, especially seeing as such knowledge is also applicable to wider contexts—such as improving productivity and job satisfaction in the workplace.

As Forrester Research puts it:

“Usability goals are business goals. Web sites that are hard to use frustrate customers, forfeit revenue, and erode brands. Executives can apply a disciplined approach to improve all aspects of ease-of-use. Start with usability reviews to assess specific flaws and understand their causes. Then fix the right problems through action-driven design practices. Finally, maintain usability with changes in business processes.”

As you may have deduced by now, the realm of usability extends far below what you see on the surface. Despite this, what we want to see on the surface has proved to be an ongoing temptation for all too many of us as designers. Constructing an awesome site is not just about making it look awesome—particularly when you can end up with a beautifully sophisticated design that crashes moments after users sit down to interact with it. Fortunately, you can—and should—aim for a site that both looks and functions in an awesome way.

Getting to the nub of usability issues as soon as you notice them—or, better still, as soon as you notice their potential to upset your work—means saving yourself many a headache further down the development line. The old expression “forewarned is forearmed” is more than relevant in this market... and that’s why we have put everything you need into this course to help you keep your work optimized for usability.

“Web Design for Usability” is a course built on evidence-based approaches, as well as solid evidence, distilled from over 40 years of experience in the development of interactive systems. The course is taught by the founder and principal consultant of Syntagm, William Hudson, who is also a distinguished writer and teacher in the fields of user-centered design, user experience, and usability.

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Our courses and Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders:

Our clients: IBM, HP, Adobe, GE, Accenture, Allianz, Phillips, Deezer, Capgemin, Mcafee, SAP, Telenor, Cigna, British Parliment, State of New York

Is This Course Right for You?

This is a beginner-level course suitable for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike:

  • ֱ designers who want to create outstanding websites that are free from usability flaws
  • Project managers keen on building user-centered products that stand out from the competition
  • Software engineers interested in augmenting their development skills with a firm grounding in usability
  • Entrepreneurs looking to ship products that are free from usability flaws and thus succeed
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to ֱ design

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Learn and Work with a Global Team of Designers

You’ll join a global community and work together to improve your skills and career opportunities. Connect with helpful peers and make friends with like-minded individuals as you push deeper into the exciting and booming industry of design.

Lessons in This Course

  • Each week, one lesson becomes available.
  • There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
  • Estimated learning time: 7 hours 34 mins spread over 8 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 11 mins.

Lesson 1: Introduction

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 2: Interaction Model

Available anytime after Nov 09, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 48 mins.

Lesson 3: Users

Available anytime after Nov 16, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 51 mins.

Lesson 4: Accessibility

Available anytime after Nov 23, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 5: Navigation and Content

Available anytime after Nov 30, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 6: Visual Design

Available anytime after Dec 07, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 7: Feedback

Available anytime after Dec 14, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 8: Testing

Available anytime after Dec 21, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

Lesson 9: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available once you start the course.

How Others Have Benefited

Maram Saber

Maram Saber, Germany

“Awesome teaching method, the alternating between videos / articles was great and the examples were simple and easy to follow.”


Salvatore Salvo

Salvatore Salvo, Italy

“This course is one of the best out there. The breadcrumb lines lesson is very useful, I have to admit I didn't realize the impact of this technique.”


Christoph Kloecking

Christoph Kloecking, Germany

“I especially appreciated the part about the user stories vs persona stories as I have found myself struggling to write good user stories for the reasons mentioned. However, the processes that had been implemented in that business required user stories. I am quite confident that with the arguments from these lessons I can achieve a shift towards persona centre story writing which will hopefully improve the developers understanding of the stories leading to a better product.”

How It Works

  1. Take lessons by industry experts

    Lessons are self-paced so you’ll never be late for class or miss a deadline.

  2. Get a Course Certificate

    Your answers are graded by experts, not machines. Get an industry-recognized Course Certificate to prove your skills.

  3. Advance your career

    Use your new skills in your existing job or to get a new job in ֱ design. Tap into our community to help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take more than one course at a time?
    Yes, you can take as many courses as you would like. For example, if there are 30 active courses, you can enroll in all 30 courses at the same time and move from one to the other as you please.

    There are no further charges once you have paid for your membership.

    Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of two courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take as many courses as you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than two ongoing courses at the same time. Please note that if you drop a course, progress is not transferable between cycles. So, you'll have to redo the lessons and answers you already completed in the current cycle. 

  • I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

    Don't worry if you missed the course. We will re-run it shortly. One of the reasons we continually open and close courses is to be able to control the classroom size.

    Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

    We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on /courses in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit longer). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

  • Do I have to be online at an exact time to study?

    No. You can set your own study schedule. There are no "live sessions" or "webinars" since our members are from all timezones around the world. We are a truly global community – with members in every single corner of the world.

    Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Every "classroom" in each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (as well as your own answers).

  • Will I receive a Course Certificate?

    Yes. Every time you complete a course, you get an industry-recognized Course Certificate. There is no limit to how many Course Certificates you can earn during your membership. You will also receive a 3-step guide on how to include your Course Certificate on LinkedIn and in your résumé/CV.

    You can see an example of a Course Certificate at the bottom of the Course Catalogue.

  • I have answered questions in a lesson; when will they be marked/graded?
    We do the marking/grading in so-called "sprints" – where we sit down and do all the marking/grading in one go. Your answers will be graded approximately two weeks after you submit your work. 

    We do this because it is much more efficient than doing one little step every day. It's part of our lean/agile work philosophy, and that approach to efficiency is one of the factors that keeps our membership prices so incredibly low.

    We are doing it to save you money and as part of our mission to lower the cost of high-quality design education.
  • I have updated my name, but my course certificate is not updated — how can I change it?
    Once you update your name, the certificate will be updated automatically in the next 48 hours. 
  • I have started the course/lesson later than the specified date, are my answers still going to be marked?

    We will be marking answers for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only person taking a lesson at that particular time, your answers will still be marked.

  • How are courses graded?
    Open-ended questions are graded by our experts and course instructors – not by machines. 

    That's one of the reasons that our Course Certificates are credible and recognized by industry leaders
  • I started a course after the official start date; for how long will I have access to the course materials?

    Regardless of when you have enrolled on a course, you will have access to the course materials for the entire duration of your membership. So, if you pay for a one-year membership, you will have access for one year, renewing your membership for a second year means you will have access for two years, and so on.

  • New lessons are starting before I have had the chance to complete all aspects of the previous lesson(s); am I going to be locked out of these unfinished lessons?

    No, you will not be locked out of any lesson or course. You will have access to all course materials throughout your membership, so there is no pressure to keep at the same pace as the specified lesson release dates.

    All we recommend is that you try to stick to the same schedule as other participants. The reason is they may have moved on to other lessons, thereby meaning you could miss out on the social aspects of the course(s). However, we anticipate that there will be a constant flow of participants working through different lessons and courses, so overall you are unlikely to miss out. We will also be running all courses again — so there really is no rush.

  • Are course certificates awarded on a specific date?

    No; you can generate your certificate as soon as you attain at least 70% of the total course points.

  • When will I receive my Course Certificate?

    Course certificates will be given to participants when they have scored more than 70% or more of the total course points. For example, if a course contains ten lessons each with ten questions, you will receive a course certificate when the instructor has awarded you at least 70 points (70% of the total course points).

    There is no specified time that certificates will be awarded — instead, they are given to participants as and when they have answered all questions, even if this is long after the official end date.

  • How do I add my Course Certificate to my LinkedIn profile?
    Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your Interaction Design Foundation course(s) to your LinkedIn profile: 
    1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
    2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.
    Add profile section dropdown
    3. In the following fields add: 
    • Name – Course name
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date written on your certificate (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your course page
    Add licences and certifications
    4. Click on the save button. 
    Licences and certifications final

    Congratulate yourself!

     You’ve made a great accomplishment by earning your course certificate, and now the world knows about it! 
  • How do I add the Interaction Design Foundation Membership Certificate to my LinkedIn Profile?
    Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your Interaction Design Foundation course(s) to your LinkedIn profile: 
    1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
    2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.
    LinkedIn: Add profile section
    3. In the following fields add: 
    • Name – Membership Certificate
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date when you joined our community (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your profile page
    LinkedIn: Add license and certifications
    4. Click on the save button.
    LinkedIn: Uploaded certificate
    It is as simple as that. Now, anyone who visits your profile can see your certificate! 
  • How much will I have to pay for the courses?

    As a member, you can take as many courses as you want with no additional costs. This means you only have to pay our membership fee to take an unlimited number of courses. There will be no further charges on top of the membership fee, no matter how many courses you decide to take.

  • Do you provide mostly beginners' or more advanced courses?
    We provide courses for all levels of mastery and across the full spectrum. If you’re new to design, you can start from our beginner courses and progress all the way up to our advanced ones. If you’re an established designer, on the other hand, you will find some of our lower-level courses provide a good refresher—and the advanced ones, a bit of a challenge. 
  • How long does it take to complete a course?

    You will need approximately 5-8 hours to complete one lesson. Each course has between 3 and 16 lessons.

    Once enrolled in a course, you will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines and no end date, either.

Web Design for Usability
Closes in
9
days
19
hrs
10
mins
22
secs
15% booked
Web Design for Usability
9 days 19 hrs 10 mins 22 secs