UX/UI designers of Toronto, do you have any recommendations for courses?

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Dec 6, 2005
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UX/UI designers of Toronto, do you have any recommendations for courses?

My background is in graphic design and fortunately I have some Learning & Growth budget at work that I'm looking to use to learn UX/UI skills.

Most of the courses I'm considering are from smaller schools (Brainstation, Red Academy, Akendi) since the main colleges don't really offer them in a part-time schedule. I'm just a bit skeptical since I'm unsure about their reputations and quality of courses compared to the bigger colleges.

Are there any courses you guys would recommend to me?
Are there UX/UI certifications I should look into?
Any advice on how to transition to UX/UI as a graphic designer?

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Aug 3, 2005
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Also looking for input to transitioning into this field. I graduated from industrial engineering with a focus on human factors. Previous roles have been BA roles for IT. Been talking to some friends but would love more input into tips to break into this field.
Dec 2, 2014
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I studied UX research in graduate school and recently took a course with Akendi as a refresher before doing anything at work. I found the User Experience Research was extremely detailed and well taught but i wouldn't exactly say it's introductory level. The instructor goes into topics people spend full terms learning in university research method courses, like normal distribution and validity coefficients, which I can't imagine anyone outside of an academic setting would use.

If your goal was to run UX sessions, it'd be a great course for you to consider, or else I would personally recommend something like an intensive front-end web development course if you could manage that.

If you have any questions for me shoot me a PM. I'm presently in a Project Management role for a software team within a not-for-profit :)
Aug 16, 2016
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Does anyone have experience with Bootcamp/cohort type training? I am also curious if the quality in Toronto is up to international standards.

I saw web banner ads for Red Academy recently. It seemed pretty expensive. I mean they should charge what people will be able to make back if they get job. Isn't that a big IF in Toronto after completing a bootcamp?

My aim is to move out of the bottom-fishing job market. Customer service or driving people around are short term gigs, not jobs. Feeling pretty lost about my options to be honest.
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Not in Toronto, but I'm a UX Designer (I also dabble in UI from time to time). I can personally recommend both Akendi & Udacity as good resources to break into the field. I would also brush up on some basic digital accessibility guidelines as those are becoming more and more prominent in the software/web world. I would also make it clear if you want to be both UI & UX or just one as some companies will look for one or the other and while there is overlap, they are 2 separate jobs.

As far as transitioning between Graphic & UX Design, I would say make sure your process stands out. UX Design especially is more about the thinking/process than it is about the finished product (or in this case interface); I know many graphic designers fill their portfolios with beautiful finished work which is great, but as a UX designer, what you're really valued for is your ability to think through digital problems, journeys, customer needs and constant churn of your designs via testing. When hiring, I have a harder time judging portfolios when all I see is a finished interface, but I'd rather see some process; how you got to your finished product and the decisions/changes you made along the way. Why this type of menu not that? Why 3 screens instead of 2? This is the best piece of advice I can give to people looking to get jobs in UX is really focus on the process. Anyone can put together a half-decent looking interface for a website/app, but to really think through all the problems/scenarios/errors are where the true designers are.