The UX Design 101

A new online course for UX Design and User Research.

By Max Brinckmann.


Level up your UX Design and User Research game with this ongoing series of online classes!

My name is Max and I am thrilled that you’re interested in my classes on UX Design and User Research! I look back at more than ten years of professional experience and have been fortunate to work at agencies as well as large corporations and for clients such as Opel, Nestlé, Miele and many more. I’m currently supporting the User Experience Strategy & Design team at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany as a Senior User Experience Designer.

I do firmly believe in sharing knowledge as the key to self-improvement. To make knowledge in UX accessible for everyone, I launched The UX Design 101 – an growing series of online courses covering many different topics on User Experience Design, User Research & UX Research, UI Design, Digital Product Design, and much more. These courses will be hosted on Skillshare, a great platform for learning and growing. The UX Design 101 comes with 14 days of free Skillshare premium which is an absolute steal as you get access to the entire Skillshare platform with thousands of other online classes as well! Redeem your 14 days freebie now!

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Class #1: User Interviews

Did you ever conduct user interviews? Is it maybe your daily business? At whichever stage you might be, this course will help you to get a solid foundation as well as helpful hints and tricks to master this discipline!

During a user interview situation, it can be really challenging to find the right words and to not bias your interviewees. Throughout the years, I learned where you need to put your attention and when it’s best to stay silent. Profit from my experience and bring yourself to the next level of your user research and make your website or app project a success!

Class #2: Surveys

Surveys are one of the most popular tools when it comes to collecting quantitative data. It’s favoured by many because it can be set up really quickly and it’s fairly easy to read the data that comes out of it. Still, there are many factors that need to be considered in order to not mess up your conversion rate, keep your participants entertained, and get the most out of your survey responses. 

Picking the right tool can also be a challenge! For me, there is no absolute “right” or “wrong”, but the selection of the software highly depends on the specific use case. I will talk about two of my favourite survey design tools: SurveyMonkey and Typeform, to make this decision a bit easier for you.

Class #3: Remote User Testing With Figma & Maze

Working from home, which can be both – burdening and rewarding, has changed how we do things that used to be absolute no-brainers: Where do you hold your meetings? Of course together in a room! Where do you do your user testing sessions? In the office and in-person, of course! All of that needed to change needed to be adapted.

Let me in this course give you an in-depth look at how to conduct fully remote user testing sessions for your interactive prototypes, both qualitative and quantitative and how I did A/B tests fully remote, with the usage of Maze and Figma.

Class #4: Your Best Remote Workshop With Miro

Let’s talk about conducting remote (or online) workshops using Miro, formerly know as Realtime Board. While the learning curve of Miro is relatively steep and its access quite easy, there are many tricks and things that will boost your interactive sessions and the experience of your participants a lot.

Mastering Miro is a skill that does not only come in very handy in days of being separated from each other but also since the remote work life is becoming a long-lasting reality. And even for in-person sessions, Miro can be a great tool to document your progress and collaboratively work on the same board.

Class #5: Figma for Non-Designers

Are you working together with designers or have troubles using Figma? This course aims to take away all troubles when it comes to the basic usage of Figma as adding comments or working with interactive prototypes.

No matter if you have a background in copywriting, brand, communication, PM or really anything else (maybe even a designer who is just starting out with Figma!), you’ll be able to confidently start your first tasks after taking this course.

Class #6: UX Design Portfolios with Notion

Creating a portfolio can be an absolutely frustrating task. But it does not have to be! By leveraging the advantages of Notion, the free note-taking and productivity app, you can create your own (UX Design) portfolio in a matter of minutes. The great advantage of that is, that you will always keep your data and can focus on curating your content instead of losing yourself in the layouting process.

Class #7: Quickstart: From UX Design to UX Research

Are you starting out in UX Research? Are you wondering what UX Research is and where the difference to User Research lies? And what about UX Design?! In this quickstart guide, I want to provide you with information to kickstart your UX Research career and provide answers to your most pressing questions. This class is perfect for you if you are interested in UX Research or User Research and if you want to find more about these topics.

Class #8: Introduction to FigJam

Let’s take a look at FigJam – Figma’s latest genius addition to their product portfolio! Can it hold up to the whiteboarding software competition? Is it as good as Figma? How to use it? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

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