User Experience (UX) is a quickly growing area of specialization in the technology sector that focuses on having a deep understanding of users of technology. This understanding includes what users need from technology, what they value, their abilities, and their limitations. UX specialists must be knowledgeable about issues at the core of humanities disciplines, such as ethics in the use of technology, and also have knowledge of the technology itself. In this way, UX as a profession draws from both humanities and STEM fields. In this workshop, we will explore UX in many of its components, including user research, usability evaluation, information architecture, user interface design, content strategy, accessibility, web analytics, and more. We will work for the first eight weeks, alongside industry and academic experts, to learn more about these areas of UX. The second eight weeks will move to hands on experience as UX consultants for a client, working to make specific findings for improved user experience of their product. Technologies taught in this class include Keynote Wireframe Tool Kit, Blueprint CSS, and Google Analytics.
Join us to see where your current interests in humanities and technology might take you. All backgrounds and disciplines welcome. The workshop is free and open to ASU faculty, staff, and students. It will meet once a week for 2 hours on Friday mornings beginning January 29, from 9:00am to 11:00am. Please feel free to email Dawn Opel, Nexus Lab Postdoctoral Fellow, at firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or with questions.