UX Series: Designing Web Navigation
Instructor: Eva Kaniasty
Do your users know where they are going? Designing Web Navigation will teach you how to use UX fundamentals to create navigational structures that help users find their way. Learn how to use popular IA methods and tools such as wireframes, prototyping and competitive research in this introductory, online-based course.
About the Instructor
Eva Kaniasty President, UXPA Boston
Eva Kaniasty is an experienced consultant in Boston who provides her expertise in UX design to businesses in a wide of industries. She provides strategy, research findings, and interaction design to all of these companies. She holds a Master’s in Human Factors and is President of UXPA Boston.
About this course
Designing Web Navigation is made up of thirteen videos, each of which teaches you something important about user experience. The course is only an hour and a half in its entirety, so in just a little more than a lunch break, you can develop a strong base of knowledge that will help you create quality websites for many years to come.
The class is project-based, which means that you will have the opportunity to practice all of the skills that you are learning throughout the course. It also means that you can choose whether you will just watch the videos and pick up the basic knowledge needed, or put in the time and effort to dive deeply into the skills through the projects. You'll get out of this course whatever you put into it.
The projects that you will work on in Designing Web Navigation will teach you to design both a home page and a navigation system for a somewhat complicated website. That means you'll learn how to think about both the aesthetic design of a website and the user experience of navigating through that site. It's easy to focus on creating a website that looks beautiful, but this course will help you learn how to also think about the practical aspects of the site.
Throughout this course, Eva Kaniasty introduces you to a number of information architecture tools, including wireframing, design patterns, and site mapping. By the end of the course, if you have completed the projects, you will have a sitemap and a prototype that you can use either as a portfolio piece or as the starting point for a web design that you are working on in the real world.
Designing Web Navigation is designed to be useful for a range of professionals, including UX designers growing their portfolio, UX designers who want to transition into another profession, or people who work in another role and wish to gain a deeper understanding of the role of information architecture.
The user experience of your website is incredibly valuable. If your website is difficult to use or navigate, people will leave and go to a competitor instead. A poorly designed website reflects poorly on your business and makes you look unprofessional, even if your company has nothing to do with digital products. When you create a site that is simple to use, people will not get annoyed with your business, and it will make it quick and easy for them to purchase your products or hire you for your services. By the end of this course, you'll be able to create a website that will improve your customers' experience and your business' profitability.
What I Will Learn
- Site Mapping
- UX Design
- UX Design Portfolio
- Navigation Structures
- Information Architecture
- Website Design
Why We Recommend This IA Course
Eva Kaniasty provides practical advice on creating user-focused websites in a friendly and easy to digest manner. This quick course is a great way to brush up on skills, learn a different approach, or learn the fundamentals of UX design. Finish with the class project, and put all of your new skills to the test.