Pratt UX/UI classes Fall 2020

This semester all UX/UI classes are fully online, using the canvas platform and zoom.


Klaude De Castro
Helen Escobar
Pete Gibson
Julia Grippo
Elle McNamara
Julia Pines
Eloise Yalovitser
Lona Adelphonce
Dana Baumgartner
Astrid Metta
Monica Trusha Phadnis
Lucca Salomone
Natalie Summers

The Pratt Institute’s AOS program has a large game design program that, along with Illustration and Graphic Design, requires an introduction of  2 semesters of UX/UI. I am instructing for the first semester. User experience design is the process of enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product. This course provides students with a general overview of User Experience Design(“UX”) and User Interface Design (“UI”), paying special attention to mobile usage contexts and building a career in the field.

We completed 3 large assignments along with many small exercises. The first assignment is a redesign of an existing webpage, or a detail of it, considering how to evaluate, research, re-build, and improve the user experience and user interface design. The second assignment is to build an actual website using HTML& CSS. The third piece is a one-sheet for a future technology or app, without any restrictions. You might want to listen to Willy Nelson songs, look at Astrid’s beautiful photography, or rub a cat belly. Here are some stills from the class of 2020:


And Thanks! to the fabulous guest speakers this semester who were:

Cindy Ahura on Web Design (Blam Partners)

Jürgen Salenbacher on Design for Good (CPB lab Barcelona)

Jamie Mustard on Blocks (the Iconist)

Gene Huang on Interaction Design (Whitney museum)

Anthony Wallace on Conversion (92 dream)

Ivana Randelhover on Game UX (portfolio, Ubisoft)

Jamie Edwards on Blockchain (linkedin)


Here is an outline:

Trying to keep everyone busy:

The zoom meetings are going well and I invited some guests. The first guest was Cindy Ahura, a UX designer who I met through Paul Boag’s UX Friday mixers.

Jamie Mustard is probably one of the best guests one could ever have in class. We at Pratt are humbled at his energy and he has an important message to students and every creative out there. In his book ‘The Iconist’ ( he describes how blocks help us to stand out and find our personal style. Great book, great guest, great person! THANKS!
Associate Degrees Pratt Institute, #prattinstitute, #uxuidesign, #iconist, #graphicdesign, #anselmdastner Astrid Metta, Julia Grippo

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