Pencil and paper
A free or paid Figma account (I will show you how to set this up)
An open mind
Desire to learn and a willingness to be challenged.
Digital products are more abstract and complex than any product we’ve designed before. People are using their digital devices faster, with less conscious thought and more distracted than ever in history.
These issues present new challenges that require a new kind of design team to address. These design teams need to understand a complex range of behavioural psychology, perception, creativity, business. They need to understand what has come before, the history of design didn’t start with the iPhone. The history of product design started with the history of products!
This course was created out of frustration. Frustration that design education has been reduced to a handful of feel good quotes, an ineffective standardised design process, unquestioned research activities and no mention of philosophy or critical thought. We are designing the most complex product in history for the most distracted users. We’re expecting designers to work with an embarrassingly narrow understanding of design.
Digital Product Design Course will give you everything you need to start designing products people love. It will take time and I advise you to work through all the exercises over a period over several months, leaving time for reflection and experimentation. This is not a fast track to any design job, this is a slow track to a great career.
Is this course for me?
We created Product Design Course to fill many of the holes in other product design courses, for this reason, we believe it’ll be useful for a seasoned designer. We’ve also created it with the beginner in mind so if you have never designed anything you will be just at home (and everyone has designed something before, you just don’t know it!).
As well as designers we also had in mind all the people who project manage, own or develop digital products. We believe there is a lot of interesting materials that will help the whole business think differently about creating digital products.
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