Intro to User Experience (UX)

Organizer: Girl Develop It RDU
Click here for registration info

This 1-day Intro to UX course will be held on Saturday, January 6th. Class will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

There is ample parking at the Durham Centre Parking Garage on the corner of Morris and Morgan Streets across from the Durham Arts Council. There are entrances on both Morgan and Morris Streets. There is also free street parking around the area, particularly Morgan St, Main St., and Chapel Hill St.

At its core, User Experience (UX) is defined as how someone feels about using a product, system, or service. Regardless of what we’re designing--a website, an Android app, or a toaster--we all strive to make our designs useful, easy to use, and enjoyable to use. But how exactly do we make something useful, easy to use, and enjoyable? How do we know if the target audience is having a good or bad experience? This class will arm you with the essential tips to find those answers.

This class is for anyone who makes (or wants to learn how to make) websites, mobile apps, or other software. If you’re a developer, a designer, a project manager, a content creator, or something else, you can integrate UX research and design into your practice.

By the end of this class, you’ll also learn tips and techniques to address the following:

• Fundamental concepts of user experience design

• How to find out who your users are

• Creating user personas

• Identifying usability problems and prioritizing solutions

• How to design and run usability tests

• Getting useful feedback from your users

• Information Architecture and interaction design

• And more!

This is a hands on course which will give you actionable tools to get started with user experience in your work day!

Tech Requirements:

• Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact us at [masked]

Your teachers:

Melissa Eggleston (

Melissa is a Senior UX Designer with Teamworks in Durham, NC. In addition to teaching for GDI, Melissa serves on committees for the Triangle UXPA and the Content Strategy Alliance. Previously she worked for Duke University and Bloomberg News. Melissa gained her UX and content skills at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism, where she received her Master's degree.

Julie Grundy (

Julie Grundy is a Senior UX Designer with Bronto+Oracle with 10 years of experience solving problems to make users' digital experiences more enjoyable. Strengths include designing intuitive interfaces that encompass both user and business goals, and clearly communicating those design decisions. Using UX research methods, I love to find the answer to the question, “Is this effective?” She is also President of Triangle User Experience Professionals Association, co-creator of the Ladies that UX Durham chapter, and loves sharing about the UX field.

Refund Policy: Your payment of $70 guarantees your seat in the entire course. Please note that we cannot issue refunds, because there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.

Other Disclaimers: Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

We sometimes take pictures at events to post on social media. If you are uncomfortable having pictures taken or posted on social media, please let us know at the start of the event.

Accessibility: If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at [masked]. We want to make sure everyone can participate!


Poster: triangletech