Best product or interaction design bootcamp

Prudential / DesignFjiudh
Aug 15, 2018 6 Comments

Can anyone recommend a good product design bootcamp or certification? I am near NYC, but due to my current responsibilities, I wouldn't be able to do a full-time in-person bootcamp (part-time yes). Local schools like SVA/Pratt are fine too. I'd prefer online, if possible. Current employer would most likely pay for a course, so money isn't too much of an object, but it can't be ferociously expensive (like no $10k dealies).

Ultimately, I'm looking to take a course that will let me get some more hands-on experience with UX/product design, fill in knowledge gaps, and build more UX muscle memory.

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  • Amazon / DesignMiddleWest
    What’s your background? What sort of design skills do you have now? Design takes a LONG time to learn, and unless you already have some grounding or education, these 3-month camps don’t amount to much.
    Aug 15, 20185
    • Prudential / DesignFjiudh
      OP
      I'm currently a digital designer, currently employed in financial services marketing design for almost 10 years, with previous history in print and production for consumer packaged goods. I have a broad range of execution skills and various amounts of exposure to many types of design from print, video, web development, and interface design. I have a B.S. in Applied Arts and Sciences/New Media.

      Technically, I have been responsible for helping to plan, design, document, test and launch a digital product here at my job several years ago. It was really my first time doing something like that, so yeah- I can make wireframes, I can prototype, I can build out and deliver a UI, I can help QC a final product. But being that it was my first time, the process I went through was poorly documented so it's difficult to justify on my portfolio. I'm looking for a certification that will fill in knowledge gaps, be a confirmation of knowledge on a resume, and help get some better UX process work under my belt.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon / DesignMiddleWest
      Got it. In that case, you could benefit from something, maybe—General Assembly has a decent framework but all the grads tend to wind up with the same stuff. Same voice, same tone, same case study structure. I don’t have a problem with their courses or materials, but the vast majority of the work coming from GA is mediocre at best.

      If you do it, bring a lot of your experience and perspective to it.

      The thing is though, with your experience being what it is, you could “get into UX” just by strengthening your case studies and demonstrating a little more user research and business awareness.

      Or you could just do the Nielsen-Norman group certification. Probably way cheaper and in a lot of ways more useful.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Prudential / DesignFjiudh
      OP
      Good advice, thank you.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon / DesignMiddleWest
      Or just message me your portfolio and I can give you some thoughts. I’m good at this, enjoy doing it, and can maybe save you a few months and several thousand dollars.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • New TBIM54
      I'd agree with MiddleWest, except for Nielsen Norman.

      Your experience sounds like a typical UI/visual designer looking to grow research / cogsci / IXD skills. NN is good if you want experience with very classic, in-the-room usability testing. I'd recommend Cooper or Adaptive Path training over NN for more valuable skills. IDEO U also has simple leadership classes you can look into.

      Good luck!
      Aug 20, 2018

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