Upskilling individuals from a variety of backgrounds in interaction design, user experience research, and fundamentals.

Background

Design Lab lets students learn UI/UX design skills with the help of an expert mentor through  online courses in interaction design, research, and branding. Students access course materials and complete multiple projects over the course of four weeks, with iterative feedback from mentors and multiple mentor conversations for face-to-face feedback.

As a mentor with Design Lab, I meet with students throughout their courses and give feedback iteratively online and in person on research and design projects. I successfully mentored 9 students through the course, helping students from a variety of disciplines learn more about the process of design and research.

Working with students

Of the students I worked with, feedback was generally positive. I found it super interesting to help build individuals from a variety of backgrounds towards designing and researching a nascent product by end of course.

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I don’t have enough good things to say about Jerry–he really took my learning experience to the next level. He always gave very clear feedback, and took the extra time to break apart each assignment into sections, commenting on each of those sections in depth. It allowed me to take my projects to the next level…. I would recommend him to anyone, and he’s also one of the main reasons I would recommend DesignLab to anyone.

– Barry Mattern, & UX Research Strategy


Jerry was (and probably still is) great. He was prompt with feedback, gave great criticism and pointed me towards a lot of great books and websites.

– Corey Johnson, Design 101

Auditing course materials

Overview page for one of the many audits of course materials

Overview page for one of the many audits of course materials

Due to my extensive background and design and research, and the positive feedback from students, I was invited to consult on a paid basis to review course materials for the interaction design and research courses. This led to further opportunities reviewing some of the longer course modules.

Each of these audits included a detailed page-by-page heuristic evaluation, as well as an evaluation across course flows. Findings were graded and summarized into top-ten findings and suggestions, including screenshots and incorporating educational design best practices from previous experience.