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Bridging the gap with fresh UX and UI design talent

Business
13/11/2019

Creating great User Experience (UX) and crafting outstanding User Interface (UI) are among the most highly sought-after and appreciated design skills. At the same time, the talent pool possessing these skills is scarce.

That’s why in June we launched the first-ever complete UX and UI Design program in Bulgaria. 37 professionals successfully graduated from the 3-month intensive training, learning how to design digital experiences that put users front and center.

Graduation - First Telerik Academy UX/UI Design Cohort

Mastering the wide spectrum of UX/UI skills

Led by some of Bulgaria’s top experts in the field, the program was packed with industry-validated frameworks and methodologies learners could immediately put into practice.

The first part of the program was entirely dedicated to UX. From research and competitive analysis, through surveys and interviews to prototyping and conducting user tests—participants experienced the complete process of improving users’ interactions with digital products.

"As a graphic designer, the UX part was a completely new area of expertise for me. The course helped me learn the fundamentals and practice the new skills by creating a product from scratch. The overall vibe of the program was both competitive and interactive, stimulating personal and professional growth.” – Elena Draganova.

In its second part, the program focused on UI. Learners gained a complete understanding of UI design methodologies, covering everything from designing for web, mobile and IoT interfaces, to creating and following design systems. They learned more about layout and grids, the secrets of advanced typography and colors and became familiar with the front-end fundamentals and best practices in working with front-end teams.

Turning soft skills into power skills

With the help of our experienced Learning and Development Trainers, all participants augmented their ability to manage feedback and expectations, ask the right questions, prioritize and stick to their high-value activities. These new power skills coupled with their UX and UI capabilities turned them into a key asset for tech and digital companies looking to expand their design teams.

"The course provides a comprehensive hands-on experience, which strikes the right balance between theory and practice. The program taught me how to prioritize functionality, simplicity, and consistency over spontaneous decisions in my design. I did not only gain the essential knowledge about UX/UI design, but also improved my teamwork and presentation skills." - Maria Sufieva.

Working on real-world projects

To practice and showcase everything mastered in the program, participants had to create an end-to-end design for a digital product and publicly present it. Here are snippets from just a few of their amazing projects:

UX UI Projects

In October, 37 professionals completed the rigorous training and defended their final projects. Graduating from the UX/UI Design program marked a new career milestone for all of them, and while some are already applying the new knowledge in their current positions, others are looking for their next challenge.

Are you a company, eager to add amazing UX/UI talent to your team?
Here is how to do it

Business
13/11/2019

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