Update: 45% in and I enjoy every step of the Coursera course provided by Google.
Last year I think it was November or December I signed up to take the course Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs by Google and ever since I have tried to pace my work around it including freelancing and content creation.
I applied for financial aid for the course and I got it! 🥳 I guess practising writing and expressing yourself can really help you achieve great things in life. Why I took the last course? Well, I started exploring and learning about User Experience way earlier in 2021 through online video courses, books about design, events, tv series, articles, Youtube videos, and of course smaller UX-infused projects. Yes, I have started applying UX practices in my web development (no-code CMS platforms) and design projects, because the best way to learn is through practice. That’s my niche, creating websites with UX attention. Slowly, but surely I would love to focus primarily on the UX Design process and work on projects which require more research, testing and why not even travelling.
The course was more like a framework I needed to complete a passion project I started also earlier, as soon as I quit my last job. I started sketching redesign options for the Zagreb City Library website before I even knew what the Crazy 8 exercise was. The sketching started with me figuring out different information architecture because the website has lots of unnecessary pages in the menu bar, and I mean too much. So I started by following my intuition.
Even though the level is beginner, and I have already learned lots of the terminology and parts of the design thinking process, I found the course well-organised and engaging. As I said, I am almost at the end of week 3 (edit: started week 4!) of the course and have learned so much already.
Here you can check one of the high-fidelity prototypes for the book reserving mobile app: Figma link. Other prototype flows in the Figma file are the previous iterations.
For anyone considering taking the course, I say: do it! My advice would be:
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I am also reading out loud my articles and publishing them on Subsctack! Medium has the listen feature, but my voice can put you to sleep 😅 Try it out.
You are also in luck! I am currently available for collaborations.