Class begins February 21 2022

Designing For Complex UI Workshop

Online class with Vitaly Friedman

Class begins February 21 2022

Designing For Complex UI Workshop

Online class with Vitaly Friedman

Complex UI doesn’t have to be complicated. Join us for a workshop that goes deep into dissecting how to solve complex design problems. Whether you’re working on a mobile UI or creating enterprise grade dashboards, this Workshop is designed to give you the tools you need to excel at your work.

This 4 day online workshop with Vitaly Friedman, UX consultant and creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, we’ll explore 100s of practical examples of intricate tables, filtering, search, navigation and forms, with focus on common pain points, slowdowns, and solutions for designing complex UIs.

Dates: February 21, 22, 23, 24 - 2022

4 Sessions – 2.5h / each

Location: Online

Your Home Office / Living room

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Complex mega-dropdowns with 4+ levels of navigation, and how to deal with them on mobile and on desktop (e.g. large university websites),
  • Complex modals, overlays, “Undo” behavior, with guidelines and best practices to improve click-through rates and decrease mistakes (e.g. enterprise software),
  • Complex multi-page forms, focusing on form components, structure, layout, error recovery and interaction design, featuring input buffering, error messages blindness, fear of the “Back” and “Refresh” buttons, fake input and disposable emails (e.g. complex multi-column multi-page forms with dozens of steps),
  • Enterprise tables, with detailed studies of complex use-cases, inline editing, filtering, tagging and sorting — on mobile and on desktop (insurance and loss prevention),
  • Complex filtering, the layout, auto-apply vs. manual apply, filtering overlays, filtering and sorting intervals, best practices and guidelines, on mobile and on desktop (public archives, media library, large catalogs of products),
  • Advanced autocomplete UX, with the layout, interaction design, search query iteration patterns, autocomplete blindness, faceted search, smart suggestions, type-ahead pattern, recommendations, keyboard navigation, on mobile and on desktop,
  • Enterprise maps, with the focus on maps that require filtering, navigation and want to support explotation — with examples of shopping mall maps, real estate property maps, theatres, stadiums and Formula 1 event,
  • Infinite scroll, with patterns for exploring data quickly, “load more” and pagination, combinations of these options, and fixing common problems such as access to footer and access to the current state,
  • Authentication UX, and design considerations for login/password input, password recovery, social sign in, 2-factor-auth, biometric input.
  • Privacy UX, and how to gather accurate data while avoiding legal battles and respecting user’s data,
  • 100s of real-life examples, government and university websites, trip planners, financial services, eCommerce, online banking, configurators, insurance and mortgage calculators, data grids and enterprise products.
  • Checklist for complex UIs with guidelines and decisions to consider when designing any component in a complex setting.

Workshop Intro:

Who is it for:

This workshop is for interface designers, UX designers, front-end designers and developers who’d love to be prepared for complex and time-consuming design challenges in web forms. You’ll walk away with a toolbox of techniques and examples of doing things well — in your product, website, desktop app or mobile app.

By the end of the session, you’ll have a comprehensive toolbox with practical techniques and strategies to address pretty much any kind of web form issue in no time!

Meet your instructor, Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine back in 2006, a leading online magazine for designers and developers. His curiosity drove him from interface design to front-end to performance optimization to accessibility and back to user experience over all the years.

Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books, and a curator of all Smashing Conferences. He currently works as creative lead of Smashing Magazine and front-end/UX consultant in Europe and abroad, working with European Parliament, Haufe-Lexware, Axel-Springer, OTTO and a few other companies.

How will this work?

LIVE Training

Join the online class and learn directly from Vitaly Friedman. 4 fully interactive sessions. Participate, ask questions, and work together LIVE with your team.

Digital Learning

LIVE but also recorded. You can always re-watch the sessions at a more convenient time and follow the class at your own pace.

Designed for Busy you

We designed this course to work with your busy schedule. 2.5hour/class x 4 sessions

Learning from the best

Vitally spent the last few years going deeply into solving complex design problems, his wealth of knowledge, and his expertise make him one of the top experts on this field. Here are two videos from our previous events.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples — all of them will be coming from user research and usability studies of real projects — proven to work or fail in practice.

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