“So you think you want to be a UXer?” - New date and book announced

Martin Belam by Martin Belam, 29 August 2012

Yesterday I ran the first of my “So you think you want to be a UXer?” Guardian Masterclasses at Kings Place in London.

I’ve had some absolutely lovely feedback on the evening from @krupnik, @jennye, @paulahops, @harvey1dash8, bojates and @LiamHoughton amongst others, which is really heartening.

Often when I finish doing a training event like this, my immediate reaction is to be cross with myself for all the things I meant to say and forgot, or didn’t get time for. I’d already decided to drop the idea of trying to do some live prototype coding with Twitter Bootstrap, which was probably a good thing, but I unexpectedly forgot to mention the “UX Storytellers” book as a great free download, which was dumb, and I’m annoyed about that. I also forgot to make my usual promise when running a training course - that anyone who attends one of my courses gets a lifetime support warranty, and can email me any time for more advice about whatever it was I was teaching them.

The audience seemed a good mix last night. There were people from marketing, designers, librarians, online information managers, website managers and developers in the group. That is exactly what I’d hoped for when designing the course - that the evening would provide a smattering of UX insight for a wide range of people who might be thinking about moving into UX, or who have to deal with UXers on a daily basis and wanted to understand more about what they do. You could easily spend a few thousand pounds on a post-grad qualification or other courses in something a bit related to UX, without really knowing if it is the career you want to pursue. I’m hoping that the evening inspired a few people to go on and make a career move into UX, but I’d be equally happy hearing that someone went to the evening and decided that it wasn’t the career choice for them after all.

I’m running the night again at Kings Place in London on Monday 17 September. It is £69 (including VAT and booking fee) and there are a limited number of concession tickets available for £49. I believe it is already nearly sold out - but you can try and grab one of the few remaining tickets online or book by emailing Lucy Bramley.

And if you can’t get to the training itself, I’m very happy to be able to say that the Guardian have also commissioned a book version of “So you think you want to be a UXer?”, which will be out later in the autumn.

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