For anyone considering a career in UX design, our UX Design Foundations course is the perfect introduction to the field, covering all the fundamentals. And key to the course’s success is our team of industry contributors; seasoned experts who share their knowledge and insights throughout the online UX design course.
In collaboration with the Parsons School of Design, Creative Bloq assembled a carefully curated team of UX designers, product designers, and branding experts to deliver the course. Over five modules, they provide insight into topics such as the concepts behind a human approach to UX design, user research and usability testing methods, design design, wireframing and new technologies shaping user interface design.
Our contributors come from different backgrounds and have taken different paths in the field of UX design, graphic design and branding to product design. This gives them unique perspectives on an industry that continues to evolve and grow at a rapid pace. Meet our contributors below and enroll in our fully remote UX Design Foundations course (opens in a new tab) today to start your own journey in UX design.
UX Design Foundations: meet the course contributors
Abigail Posner works at Google but has a varied background that incorporates anthropology and advertising. In her current role, Posner aims to help advertisers and marketers make sense of users’ emotional relationship with the digital space and take a more strategic and creative approach. By taking a humanistic look at culture, business and technology, she brings a fresh perspective to product development, branding and marketing. At Google, she also launched a first series on thought leadership: Humanizing Digital.
For our UX Design Foundations course, Posner helps us define how UX in all its forms should benefit the individual. She combines her personal and professional experiences to help students open their minds to different types of UX design.
“When I consider technology, when I actually consider the making of anything, whether it’s a piece of technology, a piece of furniture, I always ask what role it’s going to play in culture and what the human beings really need that,” says Posner.
Trine Falbe has worked in user experience design for 20 years and is currently a freelance ethical design advisor, consultant and trainer, while creating digital products as an entrepreneur. She has worked in digital customer and user experience in news, for children and in various e-commerce companies. Falbe has been a UX educator for a decade, has written two books on the subject, and is often called upon to speak at international conferences.
In our UX Design Foundations course, Trine brings this wealth of experience to the fore to help students understand the broad field of user experience and its evolution.
A pivotal moment in Prakarn Nisarat’s career was when he moved to Seattle and worked at the Office of Head Starts designing tools to help millions of families, especially children with autism and down syndrome. of Down. There he realized the power of design and began to explore the ways technology and design can improve people’s lives. Since then, he has been integrating design visions with new technologies such as augmented reality, smart devices and voice interfaces.
In recent years, he has helped Fortune 100 companies and universities such as Google, Meta, Microsoft, Lululemon, Novo Nordisk, University of Washington, and Stanford launch several cutting-edge products. Now a senior interaction designer at Google, he works on the Google Assistant experience. He brings his knowledge and experience to our UX Design Foundations course and also advises us on common UX mistakes to avoid.
Daphne Lin has a background in engineering and front-end development, but has turned to research, interaction design, and leadership. Now at Spotify, she has worked as a design consultant for a wide range of clients, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. Passionate about human-centered design and putting users at the center of every big decision, the goal of Daphne is to find design solutions to problems using lean UX.
Contributing to our UX Design Foundations course, Daphne brings her knowledge and expertise to several modules, teaching us how we can humanize user experience design with real people in mind.
“Interaction in design is designing what information to reveal and what actions to reveal on a page one at a time, so that a user can easily accomplish a specific task in an understandable way,” she says. “You need to make it easy for a user to understand what their primary task should be at any given time on a page.”
Nena Salobir is an award-winning graphic designer and art director who has specialized in branding for startups for over a decade. As a creative experienced in front-end web design, illustration and strategic marketing consulting, she offers a unique holistic creative vision.
Now the creative director and co-founder of Orbits, a unique virtual event platform, she helped successfully grow the platform during the pandemic to host events for Microsoft, Google, ASUS and UN Women during of its first year of creation. See Salobir’s six essential tips for UX design.
Agnes Pyrchla’s work is rooted in creating reflective experience. Currently Product Manager at Planet Labs, she manages a team that makes satellite imagery accessible and understandable for all types of audiences by distilling the complexity of the geospatial field to create simple and elegant web tools.
Pyrchla has worked for startups and Fortune 500 companies and his work has been featured in MIT Tech Review, Business Insider, UX Collective and Parsons Design School. In our UX Design Foundations course, she sheds light on how designers should think beyond immediate experience and how user experience will evolve over time, affecting individuals differently. It defines user behaviors and how we can successfully interpret and anticipate them.
“The goal of UX is for you to be able to think like a person in that position and really embody who they are, almost as if you were them,” she says. “It’s a shortcut to trying to walk a mile in someone’s shoes.”
Jacquelyn Iyamah is the founder of Black UX Collective, a platform that highlights the importance of black designers in tech, and Making the Body a Home, which helps people unpack racial conditioning. Holder of an MS in Interaction Design from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, she currently works for Uber as an inclusive content designer, combining her different passions and experiences.
Throughout our UX Design Foundations course, Iyamah teaches us the importance of fair representation and creating products and experiences that benefit everyone.
“As part of the design thinking process, the need to continually challenge ourselves and our biases is key to ensuring we’re not designing products that continually harm,” she says.
Amir Baradaran is the founder and CEO of ABXR Studio, a cutting-edge platform that democratizes XR creation for Web 3.0. He is also an artist, technologist, entrepreneur and researcher specializing in artificial intelligence and augmented reality. He was a researcher and senior lecturer in spatial computing at Columbia University, where ABXR was born.
Baradaran brings invaluable experience to our UX Design Foundations course, ensuring students ask tough questions and expand their vision to design for the many, not the few. Inclusiveness and fair representation are key factors that designers need to be aware of today and Baradaran aims to help students get it right.
John Bricker is the founder of Gensler’s retail and brand studios. His thought leadership and focus on the design experience was instrumental in developing the Gensler brand into one of the most recognizable names in the design industry.
In our UX Design Foundations course, Bricker offers unique practical insights, having worked with many clients. He highlights the importance of working on a brief, from considering costs to understanding the different physical and digital spaces, while managing expectations and aligning the different journeys needed to create a successful user experience.
Daniel Holtzman is an interactive creative director. He has worked in multiple industries and applications for over 10 years, always with a focus on user-centered design. He is currently at Frog Design, a leading global creative consultancy that challenges the status quo to create and build transformative human experiences.
Holtzman contributes to a number of modules in our UX Design Foundations course to help students understand the basics of user experience, its evolution, and how we can take advantage of new movements in UX design.
He says, “UX is about understanding how a product or experience is going to affect a user’s life and how you can create that product or experience in a way that they can use it better, get the most out of it. , find more relish, and ultimately engage with the product in a more successful way.”
Other contributors to the UX Design Foundations course include Pilar Serna, Senior Design Manager at Spotify, and Luke Cooley, UX Researcher from Google’s Cloud AI team, who provides insight into project planning and how best to leverage both qualitative and quantitative datasets to create a successful user experience from the start.
All of our experts are highly regarded in the industry and their unique experiences provide insight and behind-the-scenes insight into the course. Check out the UX Design Foundations course brochure to learn more or register for the course below.