Real world design skills, all built and taught by industry design leaders.
Hello! I'm McLean - I head up the Makery Group with my talented team in Northeast Minneapolis.
This User Experience Design course is a fusion of foundational academic frameworks I've studied blended with industry-driven best practices I learned as a design executive.
Most recently, I was the Vice President of User Experience Design for Shutterstock in New York City and a Design Manager for Expedia in Seattle. I'm an Adjunct Professor of Design at the University of Minnesota and a student too - earning my doctorate in Education (Ed.D).
Structured in project-based assignments, you will gain the ability to think strategically and build the UX/UI skills to deliver impactful work in today's digital economy.
The Makery Values
CULTURE OF MENTORSHIP
Regardless of talent, we’ve all had someone reach out and give us help in our professional journeys. Whether through our apprenticeship program, bootcamps, career day events, or just though grabbing a cup of coffee, making others successful is a value we live every single day.
START WITH SIMPLICITY Taken from Dieter Rams, “less but better” informs our design practice as well as our way of life. We are dedicated to simplicity and sustainability. It is through this ever constant perspective that we can focus only on essential aspects; a return back to purity, back to simplicity.
INSPIRING WORK We have many designers and creative organizations that inspire us - we hope, we can inspire others too. We pride ourselves in thoughtful, fresh and unique approaches to design. In doing so, we will make design that stands apart - and will truly matter to clients and users.
Conducting Research doesn’t need to take months of work and tons of money.
We believe that we can quickly learn about the problems we’re solving for by using generative research methods. We’ll conduct several qualitative interviews that are recorded and documented. With loads of interviews under our belt, we'll leverage the right methodology for the right task, and we'll teach this to your team as we do it. While listening in on the conversation, you’ll writes down pain-points and opportunities with the team. After the interviews, we’ll all parse through the recordings to surface some of the reoccurring themes, new insights. You and the thoughtbot team will then roll your new understanding into a Design Sprint or workshop to start exploring solutions for these pain-points.
Level up your team for the next stage of growth.
The hiring help a recruiter can’t giveFinding the right designers and developers for your team takes time, as it should. You want to make sure you’re going through a meaningful interview process and making the right picks to help you long into the future. By investing in upskilling junior designers and developers, you can achieve higher retention rates, positively impact individuals' careers, and become a top choice for future talent. Most product problems are actually process and communication problems. Even the most talented people are set up to fail if they aren’t supported by a strong foundation around processes. We help individuals and teams mature processes and nurture a healthy and productive culture.
any product leaders over the years have looked to thoughtbot to provide coverage and the peace of mind that comes with trusted expert designers and developers not only delivering quality work, but leading product strategy and nurturing engineering culture.
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