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Why Just Do A Job When You Can
Save The World with Design
You can make the world more beautiful, more intelligent, more creative, more sensible, and more delightful. An intense workshop on how you, whether as a techie or a non-techie, can author user-interface design and user-experience that is more professional and even quite stunning. For mobile-apps, tablets, website-designs, and the internet-of-things (IoT).
Join the design revolution sweeping across India. 22 such incredible workshops have already been conducted in:
Through these workshops, professionals like you in tech-startups and IT companies in India are learning how to think and strategize about design, and how to get design implemented. With one objective: how to become more competent and more successful in the world.
A tip-o'-the-turban to NASSCOM 10,000Startups as our Knowledge Partner. And to SHEROES.in so more women can participate in this design revolution.
Come, join me as we start a revolution in user-interface design from India. Because it's about time we do.
Diving in! Participants in Hyderabad from the 14th workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in April 2015. You're next.
Inspired! Participants in Bangalore from the 13th workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in April 2015. You're next.
Historic! Participants in Delhi in from the 11th workshop: for the first time in India a workshop conducted exclusively for women on user-interface design and UX. March 2015. You're next.
Happy! Participants from the 12th workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in April 2015. In the picture: Director, Co-founder, CEO, CTO, Vice-President, Project Head, Sofware Developer, UI Designer, Front-end Developer, Manager, and some other diverse people from across IT, media, and design. You're next.
Topics Covered In The Dive Into User-Interface Workshop:
|Date||Fri & Sat: 30-31 Oct 2015|
|Time||9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day|
|Sessions||1 session per day|
|Session-Duration||4 hours per session, including a short 10-minute tea/coffee break|
Skilled! At the first workshop on user-interface design, conducted in September 2014. Join the gang.
This workshop is deliberately designed for fewer 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Group photo from the workshop titled: 'Digital Color Theory Workshop by Niyam for Xerox'
More than 2,500-strong people attending a talk delivered in Rajasthan on digital freedom
Here's a picture from a workshop conducted at NIT Calicut, titled "What Every Software Developer Must Know About Interface Design"
Journalist and Editor
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.
SHEROES.in and Women in User-Interface Design and UX
This incredible and hugely-successful initiative from India is committed to enhancing the quality and quantity of opportunities for women and investing in women professionals through various phases of their career. SHEROES.in not only encourages more women to join this design revolution, but also helps nurture the intuitive, feminine principles of design in this 21st century digital age. The workshop encourages women professionals and entrepreneurs. That includes fleximoms, mompreneurs, work-at-homes, career women, and even those who wish to chuck a boring corporate job and explore their creative side.
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. A limited number of seats are reserved by NASSCOM at a 10% discount, exclusively for members of its 10,000Startups initiative. On a first-come-first served. If you're a member, get your discount-code which is only available from NASSCOM and key it in while purchasing tickets so you can keep some more of the green stuff in your pocket, and your creativity in the rocket. Or somethin' like that. The 10% discount is valid against the stated price of any type of ticket you purchase. So if early-bird tickets sell out, you may apply the code on the price of a regular ticket. Until all seats reserved for 10,000Startup members sell out. And if all do sell-out, buy your ticket at its stated price before it sells out too. If you're serious about your billion dollar product and services dreams, you shouldn't be flinchin' for just a couple of hundred rupees off, right?
So if you're committed, you've got to hurry. As the workshop returns to Gurgaon after a long spell across various cities in India, these special tickets may sell out rapidly, and the regular, paid tickets may sell out in the first few days. Therefore, hurry slowly.
The exciting world of user-interface design has come.
It can not be taught.
It can only be caught.