Design & Prototyping Tools: Axure & Sketch

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Outline

The main tool successful UX professionals rely on is the one between their ears. But, even the brainiest user experience designers rely on two emerging industry standards for UX software: Axure for wireframing, user flows, and creating interactive prototypes, and Sketch, for building beautiful, scalable prototypes of a website or app’s visual design. You need to know them both, and after this five-week hands-on evening course, you most assuredly will.

Extra $45 fee for new students / non members

Description

In this evening class you’ll get to know Axure and Sketch by working with them on your own computer. If you’ve never tried Axure before, SVC has arranged for you to download the latest version of Axure RP at no cost. Then, we’ll add to your downloads by steering you to a trial version of Sketch. With software in hand (or on disk) we’ll then spend five weeks teaching you the basics and beyond of these essential UX tools as we cover these topics and more:

  • The Axure interface and tools
  • Creating site maps, user flows, and wireframes in Axure
  • Building common interactive elements in Axure for a functional prototype
  • The Sketch interface: creating, selecting, moving, and resizing content and layers
  • Organizing your Sketch drawings with groups, artboards, and hidden content
  • Positioning Sketch elements with smart guides, grids, alignment, and distribution

Prerequisites – You must provide your own Mac laptop, running OS X 10.6 or newer, minimum 4 GB memory.

Who should take this class?

This class is for current and prospective UI, UX, and visual designers who want to learn how to use Axure and Sketch for web and app wireframing, user flows, and prototyping.

Detailed Class Outline

WEEK 1:

  • Introduction: what is Axure, what it can be used for (prototypes, site maps, user flows).
  • Interface: what are the tools, where are they located, creating and styling widgets + dynamic panels, understanding and using masters.

WEEK 2:

  • Adding interactivity: Linking pages, understanding triggers, events, cases and actions, moving things around with animation, exploring hide/show options.
  • Create an accordion menu.
  • Create a tabbed navigation.
  • Generating and sharing prototypes: Prototype outputs, sharing with AxShare.

WEEK 3:

  • Flows and site maps: using flow widgets and connectors, linking flows to site pages.
  • Page level styling: sketch effects and custom style sets, page notes and page interactions.
  • Form widgets: Text areas, drop lists, checkboxes and radio buttons, putting together a final form.
  • Libraries: how to use different libraries depending on the style and goal of your prototype, finding the right library, (if there is time + interest from the students – learning how to design your own Axure library).

WEEK 4:

  • Adaptive web design: creating adaptive designs for different screen sizes, understanding prototyping for mobile, testing prototypes on your phone.
  • Starting Sketch – Introduction to Sketch: What is Sketch good for, vector vs. raster, interface tour
  • Designing for multiple screens
  • Layer basics: types of layers, interacting with objects, hiding, locking and grouping
  • UI templates: iOS Design UI tools, material design templates

WEEK 5:

  • Understanding Artboards, Pages and colors
  • Shapes and symbols: drawing vector shapes, editing shapes, masking, creating and using symbols.
  • Styling and text: fills, borders, shadows, text editing, text on a path
  • Exporting: exporting artboards, layers and slices to multiple screen resolutions

You may receive a partial refund of your tuition if you drop a class or your enrollment is terminated by SVC due to lack of progress or disciplinary problems. In these cases, this is the schedule for determining the amount of your refund:

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Classes:

SVC will refund all money paid if the student is not accepted. This includes instances where a class is cancelled by the school.

SVC will refund all the money paid if the student cancels within five business days (excluding Sundays and holidays) after registration and/or an initial payment is made, as long as the student has not begun training.

SVC will retain the established $45 registration fee if the student cancels after the fifth business day after registration and/or making an initial payment.

If training is terminated after the student enters classes, SVC may retain the registration fee established under (3) of this subsection, plus a percentage of the total tuition as described in the following table:

5-WEEK CLASSES

# of Classes Attended

% Tuition Refunded

0 100%
1 75%
2 50%
3+ 0%

10-WEEK CLASSES

# of Classes Attended

% Tuition Refunded

0 100%
1 90%
2 75%
3–5 50%
6+ 0%

When calculating refunds, the official date of a student's termination is the last day of recorded attendance:

(a) When the school receives notice of the student's intention to discontinue the training program; or,
(b) When the student is terminated for a violation of a published school policy which provides for termination; or,
(c) When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for thirty calendar days.

All refunds must be paid within thirty calendar days of the student’s official termination date.
Workshops:

There is a $75 cancellation fee for no-shows and enrollees dropping a one-day workshop without a valid excuse within 3 business days of the scheduled start time as published on the SVC website.

This refund policy is in accordance with Washington State Law, 490-105-130 (RCW 28C.10.050 (1)(b)).

School of Visual Concepts

SVC helps people already in the business of marketing, branding, design, UX, and content creation fill in the gaps in their knowledge through public full- and half-day workshops and custom corporate workshops.

If you’re looking to add to your portfolio or fill in some blank spaces in your brain, you can’t do much better than SVC.

The instructors are all top-notch working professionals who bring real world and big brand knowledge into the classroom. Our thinking is that the best people to teach you something aren't teachers. So, instead of a full-time faculty, our classes and workshops are taught by working professionals. More often than not, these are people at the top of their game, not wannabes or used-to-be-best. The connections you'll make with these pros can sometimes be as valuable as the material they'll teach you.

All this happens in an environment of friendliness, helpfulness and encouragement. Might this have something to do with the fact that 99% of SVC students say they’d recommend us?

We’re 100% certain that it does.

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Reviews of School of Visual Concepts

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Garth P.
Let's see... you could spend $400 on the newest iProduct, which will be unsexy and outdated within months of its unboxing, or you could spend $400 on making your brain permanently bigger, sexier, smarter and more creative. I can honestly say that I would not be in the job I'm in - nor anywhere near as successful at what I do - without the skills I learned at SVC. Whatever class you're considering or on the fence about taking: TAKE IT. You'll be a better person for it. I've taken classes nearly every quarter since graduating from UW in 2011, and I'd say that I now use more knowledge that I gained at SVC than UW in my everyday work as a Digital Marketing Manager. When you walk into SVC, you're walking into a place with good, everyone-is-here-to-improve-themselves-and-meet-­other-creative-peeps vibes, and it feels more at home than a typical classroom. I can't say enough good things about SVC or how it has enabled and enhanced my career and personal pursuits. Take a class there and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about as you sign up for your next three.
Randy J.
This School is a treasure for Seattle. The teachers are all working in their fields and so students can meet people and learn from the real deal. My daughter took classes here for a year and a half and was never disappointed in the teaching. These classes are meant to increase skills at current jobs or prepare you for a new area. I am not a designer but decided to take a beginning drawing/creativity class at SVC and the teacher is WAY above and beyond what I expected in terms of thinking about creativity and thinking about your emotions and roadblocks to creativity. Plus they have a snack bar that is over the top!!
Nio S.
First off, this school is simply amazing. Don't fooled by the size of this campus because the quality of the knowledge aquired here is unmeasurable. I have taken the HTML/CSS classes both level 1 and 2 courses. The instructors that teach here are actual working professionals outside of the school. So in many ways this benefits the student because the teacher is up to date with their skill set aside from a full time teacher who only knows whats written in text books. I first came to my HTML/CSS class thinking it was gonna be boring with just coding. Well.....it is just coding but its code that I truly understand and get a grasp of to my own advantage. Each of these classes were only once a week for 5 weeks. The amount of knowledge given in one night is so crazy and unbelievably not overwhelming. In the end, you know more than you did before.
Panda B.
I love SVC! Thing I like the best is that all instructors are practicing designers so you will not be getting the "academic" perspective but rather the point of view of designers working at actual top-notch design studios around Seattle. I've been taking classes for over a year and every single one has been fantastic. Students tend to be professionals so the attitude is serious and focused which enables you to get the most out of each class. On top of that, staff at the school is fantastic and will do anything to help you achieve your goals (they helped me with my portfolio which helped in landing me my new job). If you are looking for a way to upgrade your design skills, this is the place for you.
Kenny P.
My experience at the School of Visual Concepts has been amazing. It's the perfect school for those of us who have a full time job, but still want to improve our skills. The teachers are all professionals in Seattle so it's really nice to be taught by people that are still at the top of their game. The class sizes are also pretty small so you'll get to know your instructor very well and get some great individual help. You do not have to be an artist to benefit from the classes here. I took a creative thinking seminar once that has helped me in every job I've had. If you are thinking about going back to school, you should give SVC a call or stop by to see how they can help you get to where you want to be.