Running UX Workshops for Beginners

Antonia

One of my goals this year was to run independent UX workshops for beginners. I’ve managed to run two successfully at the Royal Festival Hall which I’m happy about. Looking forward to more.

So what’s the point?

1. Those new to User Experience learn the basics and how to apply it in their work/life

2. I learn about other perspectives, how to workshop effectively and apply UX to the workshop experience.

3. It’s always nice to work with people 😉 and I give them Hot Tamales! (introduced by a client at a workshop and I haven’t looked back since)

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A Typical Session

Video by DigitalwomenUKAntonia

1. Introductions, we share our stories/journeys to tech/digital or to the workshop!
2. Brief background on UX
3. Workshop (pens, paper, sweets! provided by me, just come with your ideas, a problem you’d like to solve or something to delight people. Ideation & guerilla research )
4. Learnings, Conclusions and finish
5. Conversations and goodbyes

See Pictures of workshop with DigitalWomenUK

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What do I teach

1. User Experience is…

2. The importance of co-creation 

3. The proper use of tools like sketching, wireframing etc

Some Feedback

Big shout-out to everyone that has participated, thanks so much!

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“UX is about setting a goal, listening and ‘playing’ with those you are designing for”

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Useful Links for further research/reading on UX

In the future

Check back soon and I will be dropping nuggets on how to run your own UX Workshop effectively. It will cover location, materials, and how to find participants. For now read > Effective workshoping

Cheers 🙂

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