Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design is the first of a series of seven courses that will equip you with the skills needed to apply to entry-level jobs in user experience design. UX designers focus on the interactions that people have with products like websites, mobile apps, and physical objects. UX designers make those everyday interactions usable, enjoyable, and accessible. The role of an entry-level UX designer might include empathizing with users, defining their pain points, coming up with ideas for design solutions, creating wireframes, prototypes, and mockups, and testing designs to get feedback. 

Current UX designers and researchers at Google will serve as your instructors, and you will complete hands-on activities that simulate real-world UX design scenarios. 

Learners who complete the seven courses in this certificate program should be equipped to apply for entry-level jobs as UX designers. No previous experience is necessary. By the end of this course, you will be able to: 

- Define the field of UX and explain why it’s important for consumers and businesses. 

- Understand foundational concepts in UX design, such as user-centered design, the design thinking framework, accessibility, and equity-focused design. 

- Identify the factors that contribute to great user experience design. 

- Review common job responsibilities of entry-level UX designers and teams that they work with. 

- Explore job opportunities and career paths within the field of user experience. 

- Explain why design sprints are an important and useful part of a UX designer’s work. 

- Describe common UX research methods. 

- Identify and account for biases in UX research.

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Responsible Tilak Jethwa
Last Update 31/03/2024
Completion Time 8 hours 13 minutes
Members 2
  • Introducing user experience design
    • Welcome to the Google UX Design Certificate
    • Michael: Get started in UX design
    • Introduction to Course 1 Foundations of User Experience Design
  • Get to know user experience design
    • Welcome to UX Design
    • The basics of user experience design
    • Jobs in the field of user experience
    • User experience careers
    • Most common UX tools
    • Stay current with the UX industry
    • The product development life cycle
    • Learn more about the product development life cycle
    • Design for good user experience
    • Characteristics of good user experience
    • Review: Identify good user experience
  • Get to know UX design best practices and trends
    • Welcome to UX Design Best Practices
    • Universal design, inclusive design, and equity focused design
    • The importance of equity focused design
    • Get to know platforms
    • Design for different platforms
    • Designing cross-platform experiences
  • Get to know the user
    • User centered design
    • Who are my users
    • Assistive technology
    • Elise The importance of assistive technology
    • Additional resources on designing for accessibility
    • User-centered design and assistive technology
    • Akhil Thinking about users new to technology
  • The UX Design Framework
    • Design thinking: A UX design framework
    • UX design business requirements
    • Phase 1: Empathize with users
    • Phase 2: Define users’ needs
    • Phase 3: Ideate solutions
    • Phase 4: Prototype solutions
    • Phase 5: Test solutions
  • Understand design sprints
    • Welcome to Design Sprints
    • Introduction to design sprints
    • Five phases of design sprints
    • Benefits of design sprints
    • Learn more about design sprints
  • Plan design sprints
    • Plan design sprints
    • The design sprint brief
    • Design Sprint Brief [Template]
  • Participate in design sprints
    • An entry level designer’s role in a sprint
    • Jason All about design sprints
  • Reflect on design sprints
    • Design sprint retrospectives
    • Common retrospective questions
  • Understand the role of research in design
    • Integrating research into the design process
    • Emily The power of UX research
    • Introduction to UX research
    • Learn more about UX research
    • Christie How feedback impacts design
  • Explore user research methods
    • Choose the right research method
    • Understand benefits and drawbacks of research methods
    • Learn more about research methods
    • Craig My journey to UX
  • Identify biases in UX research
    • Identify types of bias in UX research
    • Learn more about bias in UX research
    • Deana Identify bias in UX research
    • Wrap up Integrating research into the design process