UNBOX: The Wireframing Course

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UNBOX is a wireframing course to help you learn design by deconstructing a website or app every day, for 21 days.

If you’re a UX Beginner and have ever felt frustrated and overwhelmed with where to start, I’ve made an action-packed course built to get you designing faster than you thought possible.

Read my story of how I came upon this learning method, and why it’ll work for you too.

(For the impatient, skip to purchase)

circa present day

I stared at the blank screen in front of me for what seemed like hours.

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There were website ideas and apps in my head that I desperately wanted to bring to life. But I had no idea how to put them on the vast, empty canvas in front of me.

I felt frozen.

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This was what the beginning of my UX education felt like. Sure, I read all the articles. Devoured the most popular UX books. I even dropped $4000 on a UX class.

But when it came to designing the ideas and interfaces in my head…I often felt paralyzed.

There was a critical component missing in my design tool-belt: the essential skill of wireframing.

I knew how to wireframe all right – in concept it’s not a hard thing to do. But it felt like I was just putting random boxes and arrows on a page. I wanted a sense of cohesion, a feeling of clarity when it comes to designing.

I would spend the next several months struggling to find a better way. Little did I know the solution was right in front of me.

circa now, ~2015

Now when I have a new idea, it’s just a sketch and a wireframe away. Even after moving on to more technical skills, wireframing is still the foundation from which my ideas are born. Wireframing allows me to explore many ideas quickly, without having to commit to any particular one.

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I think of it as visual brainstorming, a tool that makes me much better and faster in my work. And I couldn’t believe how long it took me to figure out this method:

To learn how to wireframe, practice by wireframing the websites and apps that you love.

This seemed simple enough. Putting it all into practice, however, was another story.

circa 2008

The Gift of Homework

My freshman year of college was a struggle. I went to a university with huge lecture halls and professors who didn’t care whether you came to class or not. Everyone was graded on the basis of a midterm and one giant final at the end of the quarter.

I didn’t do well on my first few exams. It wasn’t a mystery why, with my endless nights playing Counter-Strike and crashing friends’ dorms. There was a vast space of time between lectures and exams, so when it came to test time I was ill-prepared.

So I got right and started hanging out with the smart kids. Studied with them in the library. Emulated their way of studying. What I found out was embarrassingly simple:

The smartest students gave themselves homework.

They studied the fundamentals of their topics, then found accompanying exercises to practice specific areas. They even went to an off-campus tutor and bought workbooks. In a nutshell, they found opportunities to practice as much as possible. I followed suit and did much better on my exams.

Regardless of your subject, industry or field, finding the right ways to practice makes the most impact on your skill level and ability to improve.

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I made the same realization when transitioning into UX. I needed to exercise my muscles to physically learn the skill of wireframing. Who would’ve thought the shortcut is doing homework?

Some people like to attribute good designs to lofty ideas like innate ability or divine intervention…the reality is that we simply have to practice. We do something over and over again until it becomes second nature.

If you’re looking for a structured program to build the habit of design, then I’ve made this course exactly for you.

Introducing UNBOX:
The Wireframe a Day Course

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At its core, UNBOX is simple: learn fundamental UX skills by creating a wireframe every day for 21 days.

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But that’s just scratching the surface; there’s more to UNBOX that meets the eye.

Why It Works

The other day, I learned how to play Scattergories (a boardgame) for the first time. My friends reassured me that the game was easy, and explained to me the rules. My eyes started glazing over. The concepts seemed simple enough but I didn’t get how things worked until I started playing.

Getting started in UX is no different. Learning theories is nice, but nothing really gels until you start playing the game. In this case, UX concepts often don’t make sense until you start designing. 

UNBOX incorporates this philosophy in 2 particular ways:

1. Deconstruction

We won’t just be copying designs, we’ll be deconstructing them. Learn by taking things apart.

By engaging your motor skills to sketch and wireframe, you’ll build a habit of design while solidifying UX theory & design patterns throughout UNBOX.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to see a design in wireframes. You’ll see the components that make up the whole.

Acquire the newfound power to spot design patterns and the confidence to know when and how to use them to make your own designs successful.

2. Speed

Learning through deconstruction is one of the best learning hacks you can use, simply due to the speed advantage.

Remember how I often felt stuck when I started designing? That’s because working with a blank canvas is paralyzing.

Instead, UNBOX removes this initial barrier by working with existing designs. Through the study of several websites and apps, you’ll pick up components to put in your design toolbelt, giving you a framework for making designs from scratch.

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“But wait, what about the UX Process?!?”

 NEWSFLASH:  There is no perfect UX process.

In the typical UX class, we’re often taught a linear design process: from conducting user research, creating personas, and user journeys, saving the actual designing until the end. That’s fine, and maybe appropriate for students willing to partake part-time UX programs.

This is a different type of course. For the sake of learning, it is infinitely more fun to engage your design muscles from the beginning. So we start with wireframing designs, then work our way backwards to the theory.

Will this course teach you everything? No, it won’t. In fact we’re covering just one slice of the entire UX pie.

What I can promise, however, is that you’ll learn fundamental skills that you can apply on every single project you touch from here on out.

HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO IT:

It wouldn’t be a proper course if I just told you to copy designs. Anyone can do that.

I’ll maximize your learning by choosing the best websites and apps to and copy from, which I’ve hand-selected to reflect a wide range of design patterns.

Over the course of 21 days, we’ll deconstruct designs for websites, webapps and mobile apps (iOS and Android).

Each day, I’ll walk you through each design and explain all the components that comprise that design. This includes:

  • Design patterns
  • My wireframes for each design
  • Heuristic analysis & UX Laws

Sounds like what you need?

LET’S START WIREFRAMING

The current version of UNBOX comes with 21 lessons on…

  • 7 website designs
  • 7 iOS mobile app designs
  • 7 responsive website designs

Not to mention an introductory wireframing crash course to set you in the right direction. It’s the only course of its kind, and you can purchase now at:

https://gumroad.com/l/unbox-wireframing-course

But, there’s something extra…

In the future, UNBOX will come in 3 course levels: Beginner, Complete and Advanced. Those who buy the beta version now will get grandfathered into the Advanced tier + ALL future course updates at the current introductory price.

(This will work out to be an effective 50% off discount, so get the premium package at the basic package price)

In a few weeks, this page will be updated with the 3 different product tiers, so don’t lose out on getting the full version at the introductory price.

If that sounds fair to you, visit this link to purchase UNBOX.

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