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In this two-hour course, we’ll introduce you to the basics of User Interface Design and colour theory. Learn what it takes to become a great digital User Interface Designer and what skills and knowledge you need to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand.
What is UI Design?
In every encounter or interaction, experience design is a defining element in how a product or service will be perceived by the end user. In digital media, the medium through which users can experience a product is called an “interface”. If the visual components of the interface are designed beautifully, crafted strategically, and meet the needs of the user, the outcome of the experience will be positively impactful and memorable.
A great digital User Interface Designer (UI) has the skills and knowledge to create delightful visual designs that are true to the brand while balancing seamless interactivity and ease of navigation for apps and websites. With today’s growing consumer expectations of flawless, high quality experiences, the caliber of the UI Design can be what makes or breaks the success of a business.
Throughout this 10 week part-time program, students will gain the introductory skills required to apply design theory foundations to create engaging user interfaces for apps and websites. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an overview of the UI Design process and be able to put in practice their knowledge of composition, colour, typography and interaction design to create interfaces using Sketch and Photoshop. Students will also have the necessary skills to make appropriate design intuitive user interfaces that give users what they are looking for, where they are looking for it, and when they need it.
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What you'll learn
Typography, Colour & Composition
Create coherent and balanced designs by making good use of colour, typography and other visual elements.
User Interface Design & Prototyping
Get an overview of the UX Design process, and use UI Design principles to create usable and memorable experiences.
Web & App Design
Create designs for the responsive web, and build interfaces that are optimized for iOS and Android.
Design Software Use
Create UI Designs in Sketch, pick up Photoshop for photo editing and use InVision to create interactive prototypes.
Lead brainstorming sessions to facilitate conceptual thinking and adopt a strategic and human-centric approach to problem solving.
Workflow & Client Management
Manage client expectations set up workflows and learn to present, communicate and pitch creative work to stakeholders.
Create a visual identity and a digital style guide concept for an app and a landing page.
Lead Instructor and Product Designer at Unbounce
Topp is an innovative web designer with expertise in user experience, front end development and user interface design. He’s passionate about creating seamless user experiences that achieve balance between content, business value and technology. A Product Designer at Unbounce, Topp is also design lead for Unbounce’s Website Application, where he focuses primarily on crafting user experience for account, client, and user management. He has a well-rounded background with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation, wedding videography, and worked in print design. When not designing something amazing, Topp loves sipping coffee with his wife and dog.
Instructor and UX Designer at Briteweb
Laura has been a graphic designer in Vancouver for over 5 years. She is a graduate of BCIT’s New Media Design and Web Development program, where she developed a passion for design. She has designed for both web and print for organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation, Take Me Outside Foundation and Vancouver TheatreSports League. Laura grew up on Vancouver Island and has a great love and appreciation for nature and wildlife causes. Her work with the David Suzuki Foundation and other environmentally-conscious organizations has strengthened her devotion to these causes. She is also passionate about hiking, nature & travel photography, and hand-lettering.
What software will I learn?
Our main focus for technical skills will be in Sketch for UI Design and Photoshop for high-level photo editing. All tools that are actively used in the industry. To keep structure and communication clear, we use tools like Slack and Trello.
Do I need to use a Mac for this program or can I use a PC?
The program we will use to create our design (Sketch) is only available on Apple computers so we request that you work on a macbook.
Do I need a design background?
Not necessarily, however it can be beneficial if you have a good sense of style and have a keen interest in visual arts.
What's the difference between full-time and part-time programs?
Our foundation programs are Part Time evening programs that run twice a week over 10 weeks, with a total of 60 hours of instruction. These programs are designed to give our students a hands-on introduction to the field of study. Students work on one major project throughout the duration of the program.
Our professional programs are 12 week, full-time programs that are designed to produce entry-level professionals. The professional programs include 480 hours of instruction and lab time in the school, will involve at least 5 major projects, and include significant professional development time to prepare students for life in the tech industry.
Prices and Dates
User Interface Design Foundation
RED Academy Vancouver
Tuesday & Thursday, 6 - 9pm
Please note that places on our programs are limited, and that places are offered in the order that applications are received.
Winter 2017 Cohort January 17, 2017
Spring 2017 Cohort April 18, 2017
Summer 2017 Cohort July 11, 2017
Fall 2017 Cohort October 10, 2017