Dive into User-Interface Design and UX

Dive into User-Interface Design and UX


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About The Event

Why Just Do A Job When You Can

Save The World With Design.



You can make the world more delightful, more beautiful, more intelligent, more sensible. An intense workshop on how you, whether as a techie or a non-techie, can author user-interface design that is more professional and even quite stunning. For mobile-apps, tablets, website-designs, and the internet-of-things (IoT). And a tip-o'-the-turban to NASSCOM for helping us get there! Scroll down the page to read of an exclusive offer of upto 15 tickets for members of 10,000 startups from NASSCOM.




Come, join me as we start a revolution in user-interface design from India. Because it's about time we do.




Delighted! Participants from the fourth workshop on user-interface design, conducted in November 2014. You're next. 



Ecstatic! Participants from the third workshop on user-interface design, conducted in November 2014. You're next.



Happy! Participants from the second workshop on user-interface design, conducted in October 2014. You're next.



Successful! Participants from the first workshop on user-interface design, conducted in September 2014. You're next.



Topics Covered In The Dive Into User-Interface Workshop:

Introduction to: 

  • User-Interface (UI) Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Icon Design
  • User-Interaction Design
  • Aesthetics
  • Design-Trend Analysis

Language: English


Date: Fri-Sat: 30 - 31 Jan 2015

Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day

Sessions: 1 session per day

Session-Duration: 4 hours per session, including a short 10-minute chai break



Skilled! At the first workshop on user-interface design, conducted in September 2014. Join the gang.


Target Audience:




  • Folks working in internet startups, who need to define the creative vision and direction of their product's experience, but don't know how:

    • Founders and Co-founders
    • CEO
    • Vice-Presidents and Senior VPs
    • Product Managers


  • Professionals who have to wrap their heads around the challenges of user-interface design in:
    • IT and tech companies
    • Advertising
    • Publishing and media
    • Social-media agencies


  • Officers who want their web and mobile based products and services to be more user-friendly, citizen-savvy, and less sarkari-looking, in:
    • Government
    • Public-sector-undertakings
    • Non-Government Organizations (NGO)



  • Graphic Designers, or amateurs or professionals from any branch of creative-arts who wish to learn about and work in user-interface design. Yes, you can learn user-interface design even if you are an
    • Illustrator
    • Book, magazine, or newspaper designer
    • Fashion-designer
    • Interior-designer
    • From any other discipline of visual arts


  • From national and multi-national corporates and enterprises:
    • Vice-Presidents and Senior VPs
    • Product Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Anyone else who needs to define the quality, standard, and excellence of the user-interface of their products, and then communicate and direct teams to achieving these goals.


  • Front-end Developers, who may know their markup languages and scripts, yet acutely feel the need to understand how to deliver the best visual, color, graphics, design, and interface to their work.




  • Undergraduates; graduates; post-graduates from any field including arts; commerce; management; science, who meet the rest of the criterion detailed below.


This workshop is deliberately designed for only about a dozen participants, to keep the interactions, discussions, and brainstorming sessions more focussed, more meaningful, and more efficient. Less is more.



 Even more fun at the second workshop on user-interface design, conducted in October 2014.


Audience Profile:


1. English-speaking

2. Disposition: Must have an inclination or disposition or some expression towards visual arts. This could be as basic as an interest in photography; or have rudimentary skills in sketching, illustrating, or painting; graphic-design; film-production, or any other form of visual arts. Definitely must be comfortable with using a pencil and paper for drawing simple things like flow-charts, simple charts, boxes, arrows, lines, etc.

3. Should have some basic understanding of how to dabble with any graphics software, even if as a newbie or an amateur.

4. Skills in HTML, web-development, or app-development, or software engineering, are not required for this workshop. Good if you have them, but we will strictly focus on 'design' per se, and not on 'development'.

Let's please finally put the horse before the cart.


The third workshop on user-interface design, conducted in October 2014 sold-out within weeks. Professionals acutely feel the need and urgency to understand UI design in the real-world.




Each participant will receive:


1. User-Interface design sketchpad

2. UI template files by e-mail after the workshop

3. A massive and comprehensive reference of all things user-interface design, at the end of the workshop. There's enough 'gyaan' here to last you a whole year, once you dive in to explore

4. Subscription to an exclusive e-mail newsletter that keeps you inspired and diving deeper, week after week, long after the workshop is over

5. And, maybe a few more things. Dive in to discover

6. Free wi-fi will be provided. Would be nice if participants bring along their laptops, tablets, smartphones. Helpful to have these handy to understand a few topics more deeply.


The fourth workshop on user-interface design, conducted in November 2014. Join this much-needed revolution in design.


Suggested Course Content:


1. Why User-Interface design is confused with development in India and how and why we must break out of this.

2. How to correct the existing workflow of user-interface design adopted in India.

3. Adopt or create your own design philosophy: Form follows Function; Form follows Emotion; and more.

4. How to follow and analyze design trends year after year. And how to predict the next in design.

5. What is a design language, and how to create one for your product.

6. Arriving at the core design-value of each task.

7. Popular tools and resources for UI design.

8. How to get UI prototyping and wire-framing right.

9. How to adapt one design for mobile, tablet, desktop, and more. Essential guidelines.

10. Classic guidelines for selecting fonts and typography.

11. The art and aesthetics of colors; and color-moods. Moving away from garish colors to world-class color tastes.

12. Skeumorphism vs minimalism: Pros and Cons.

13. Understanding audience psychology: user-case scenarios.

14. Set the art-direction for Icon-design and Button-design.

15. Get a grip on texture, gradients, shadows, and lighting.

16. Minimize user-interference: clickstreams; ambiguity; panic-modes.

17. Interaction Design: visual cues and feedback loops.

18. Break out of your own mould as a designer.



Note: This may be tweaked further.




Course Deliverable:


Best summed up by the first slide from a webinar I delivered earlier.





(Personal Note: I could give you a hyperlink to my presentation at http://slideshare.net/niyam. However good user-interface design dictates I keep you glued to this page and inspire you to sign up and pay, rather than let you jump onto another page and possibly have you get distracted away. So stay with me here!)



At the end of the course, a reasonably intelligent participant will be able to handle any project in user-interface design far more professionally.

A newbie will be able to dive in immediately into their first UI design project and handle it competently.

The course aids such a participant by offering:


  • The fundamental principles that govern UI design

  • Introduces the tools and techniques required

  • Teaches how to stay competitive by studying and spotting design trends

  • Upgrades your design skills significantly to produce better, more aesthetic, more intuitive, and visually delightful design

  • You learn to think in the language of design, beyond the code




Here's how you can re-think a notification alarm on a smartwatch. This user-interface design concept uses bold typography and colors to convey the growing urgency as the time draws near.



Suggested Project(s):


Newbies will be suggested small simple projects that are utility, widget, or with limited functionality, just to invoke 'design-think' in them. These are strictly optional.


Other participants may bring in existing projects for design brainstorming. Do note there is obviously no time to handle any hands-on design-production of digital artworks, much less demand professional inputs. Design brainstorming on existing projects will definitely be time-limited. It will be open to all participants and used only as a tool for learning. It will be optional, and at the sole discretion of the trainer.


Participants may be suggested inspiring everyday project(s) especially for mobile-apps, and optionally even for gadget-interface design. Armed with the introduction and the knowledge from this short workshop, participants may pursue the design and development of their projects on their own initiative, if they wish.




Yes. Certification of participation will be awarded to those who attend the full workshop sessions.



Faculty Background:


  • Niyam Bhushan is one of India's leading graphic-design professional with over 32 years of both national and international experience in his areas of specialization in graphic-design and digital creativity.

  • He works in various areas of design including:

    • Software iinterface design
    • Web-design
    • Mobile-app design
    • Event design
    • Print design
    • Textile design
    • Video graphics
    • Sound design
    • and more




  • As a consultant, He has trained highly-skilled teams of developers, and quality-assurance teams, in the field of digital design and production at Apple, Adobe, Xerox. You could view more photos on http://flickr.com/niyam from a few such professional workshops.





Group photo from the workshop titled: 'Digital Color Theory Workshop by Niyam for Xerox'


  • As an approved vendor to Google, Niyam consulted Google on the design and technical specifications for Indian font design, and in the process solved various challenges that confront Indic font design and computing.

  •  He conducted several design and production workshops for design professionals at Living Media for their international projects; at the world's largest publishing house: Dorling Kindersley, at Thompson Press; as well as leading ad agencies and publishing houses across India.

  •  He has worked on user-interface projects for clients as diverse as European Union (EU), various United Nations agencies, social development agencies, a few Fortune 100 companies; Osho Nisarga; and more.

  •  He frequently advises the Government of India on guidelines and recommendations for user-interface design, and also frequently consults with C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing)  on various other areas of his specialization as well.

  •  His diverse projects include user-interface design for
    • Knowledge-harvesting for European Union using learning systems;
    • Wealth management;
    • Enterprise software design solutions;
    • Mobile services and payment systems;
    • Legal services organization;
    • UI design solutions for sustainable development organizations;
    • Motor sports;
    • Travel industry;
    • Fashion industry;
    • And more.




More than 2,500-strong people attending a talk delivered in Rajasthan on digital freedom





  • As a trainer, he has taught over 10,000 people since 1996 in his various fields of expertise. Please check out his http://flickr.com/niyam account for photos from some of his workshops and public seminars.


  • He has been a visiting faculty, teaching graphic-design, photography, image-editing, illustration, typography, at:
    • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT);
    • School of Convergence;





Here's a picture from a workshop conducted at NIT Calicut, titled "What Every Software Developer Must Know About Interface Design"





  • Invited to deliver talks across colleges and academia across India including:

    • NITC Calicut;
    • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi;
    • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi;
    • Thapar University, Patiala;
    • Punjabi University, Patiala;
    • Pune University, Pune;
    • SLIET, Longowal;
    • Delhi University;
    • Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida, UP;
    • Asian School of Media Studies, Noida, UP;
    • Engineering College of Bikaner, Rajasthan;
    • Centre-Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali;
    • Homi Baba Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai;
    • RKG Engineering College, Ghaziabad, UP;
    • And several dozen more.

Journalist and Editor


  • As a journalist and editor he has also been the
    • Editor of PCWorld Magazine;
    • Editor and CEO of Chip Magazine;
    • Contributing Editor to Hindustan Times;
    • Contributing Editor to Mint newspaper;
    • Contributing Editor and Columnist to Linux For You;
    • Contributing Editor to Computer Arts Special magazine.
    • Check out the vast archive of his technology articles and columns on http://www.niyam.com


And More


He has also frequently been interviewed on Gadgets Guru show on NDTV, and was often featured on BBC television's 'Click' show earlier.


As a creative professional, Niyam is also a musician and has composed and produced music for a documentary as well as a short film. Find music by 'Niyam Bhushan' on Jamendo music as well as some fun riffs on soundcloud.



About NASSCOM and its 10,000 Startups Initiative


For-Those-Who-Came-In-Late: NASSCOM is India's premiere trade organization for the IT and BPO industry. These guys rock because they played both a crucial and a visionary role in helping India become a global super-power in IT. Backed by Google, Microsoft, Intel, Kotak and Verisign, NASSCOM's 10,000 Startups is literally on a mission to impact 10,000 startups by the year 2023. An integral part of creating this impact is providing startups and the ecosystem with skill-building techniques, resources, and engagement opportunities with domain experts.


Exclusive offer for 10,000 Startups members. Upto 15 seats are reserved by NASSCOM to be given free, yes, as in absolutely free, exclusively to 10,000 Startup members. On a first-come-first served. If you're a member, get your discount-code only available from NASSCOM and key it in while purchasing tickets so you can keep your wallet in your pocket and your creativity in the rocket. Or somethin' like that. As a responsible member you are urged to book only once you are certain about attending this special event. Please do not take these tickets away from those who do wish to attend.

So if you're committed, you've got to hurry. Previously, these special tickets sold out in 22 minutes, and the regular, paid tickets sold out as well in another two days! Splash! Splash! Splash!





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The exciting world of user-interface design has come.
It can not be taught.


It can only be caught.
By you.