We are mission-driven. We spark careers in design for high school students.
As one of the fastest growing professions, User Experience Designers are in high demand - to help support the next generation of digital makers, The Makery Group, invests a portion of the company's profits and time to supporting digital design education for high school students.
We have free and fun online lessons for high school students to introduce skills in tech marketing, social media and web design. We also work with our teachers for engaging "UX Workshops" and career-day presentations.
"Learning about User Experience Design with The Makery was one of the most fun things we did this year."
-11th Grade Minneapolis Student
HELPFUL UX DEFINITIONS
What are Balsamiq Mockups?
A wireframing and interactive prototyping tool, available for both Windows and Mac.
What is Competitor analysis?
Performing an audit or conducting user testing of competing websites and apps; writing a report that summarises the competitive landscape.
What is a Low-fidelity prototype?
A quick and easy translation of high-level design concepts into tangible and testable artefacts, giving an indication of the direction that the product is heading.
What are Personas?
A fictitious identity that reflects one of the user groups for who you are designing.
What is Responsive design?
A design approach that responds to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries.
What is a Sitemap?
A complete list of all the pages available on a website.
What is a Storyboard?
A tool inspired by the filmmaking industry, where a visual sequence of events is used to capture a user’s interactions with a product. Depending on the audience, it may be an extremely rough sketch, purely for crystallising your own ideas.
What is a Survey?
An online form designed to solicit feedback from current or potential users.
What are Stakeholder Interviews?
Conversations with the key contacts in the client organisation funding, selling, or driving the product.
What is User research?
Observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies which are used to focus on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations.
What is a Usability test?
A user sits in front of your website or app and you have them perform tasks and think out loud while doing so.
What is Visual design?
Also called communication design. A discipline which combines design and information development in order to develop and communicate a media message to a target audience.