DevX Camp
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Devx camp

DevX is an intensive multi-weekend immersion in User Experience Design and Front-end Development. Students will learn the fundamentals of UX and couple those exercises with hands-on development sessions in HTML5/CSS3, Bootstrap, PHP, and Javascript. In addition to the interactive discussions, demonstrations and live coding, students will participate in four tech talks between the morning and afternoon sessions with leading professionals in UX and Development. Each student will design, build, iterate and test a four-page responsive based website.

Led by industry professionals working in UX, Creative, and Development for top Fortune 100 companies, local entrepreneurs, and advertising agencies. Your instructors have diverse backgrounds working across major brands such as Warner Music Group, Capital One, American Airlines, Zappos, and more. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

8:30am – 9am: Breakfast, kickoff day 1

9am – 12pm: Intro to UX & Understanding Users

  • Photoshop Basics for Saving & Slicing
  • What is User Experience and what is User Interface Design?
  • Who is a user? And, why do they matter?
  • Working with wireframes on desktop and mobile
  • Basic sketching in wireframes

12pm – 1:30pm: Lunch & UX/Dev Lecture: TBA

2pm – 5pm: Development session

  • Refresher on HTML with Q & A
  • Setting up your workflow and basic file structure 
  • Build basic pages using your wireframes


Saturday, june 3, 2017

8:30am – 9am: Breakfast, kickoff day 2

9am – 12pm: Development session

  • Review and ask students to share work from previous day
  • Responsive Basics: Media queries and how they work
  • Primer for Bootstrap
  • Build out your wireframe in Bootstrap
  • Constructing a file structure for a multi-page site

12pm – 1:30pm: Lunch & UX/Dev Lecture: TBA

2pm – 5pm: UX Building site structures and user flow maps

  • How to create a multi-page interaction and what are the user requirements?
  • Building a user flow map
  • Menu Design, Breadcrumbs, Berger Menus, Accordions, Carousels – impacts on users and process.

Homework: Utilizing W3 schools resources on Bootstrap, build out your four-page wireframes using Bootstrap. Remember to save your work. 


Friday, June 23, 2017

8:30am – 9am: Breakfast, kickoff day 3

9am – 12pm: Development session

  • Demo: What did you do? What problems did you run into? How did you solve them?
  • Parking Lot: What questions do you still have?
  • Bootstrap components with Javascript (HTML markup powers all of it)

12pm – 1:30: Lunch & UX Research Lecture: Caity Burke, UX Design at Warner Music Group

2pm – 5pm: UX, User Testing demonstration & process

  • How do you build out sample test questions?
  • What do you look for in respondents?
  • Setting up and running your first hallway test?
  • Breaking down results
  • Iterative Design

Saturday, June 24, 2017

8:30am – 9am: Breakfast, kickoff day 4

9am – 12:30pm: Development Session

  • WuFoo or Google Forms
  • Adding in a social stream
  • What would you change after testing? How would you change it?

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch & UX/Dev Lecture: TBA

2pm – 4:00pm: Development session

  • PHP Basics (DRY Principles, Do Not Repeat yourself) Abstracting files into their own package
  • What else do you need before you Demo your page?
  • Hosting and documenting your work 

Homework: Use site structure and user research to build a four-page responsive site with a contact form and come prepared to present


Friday, july 14, 2017

8:30am – 9am: Breakfast, kickoff day 5

9am-12pm: HTML/CSS Troubleshooting, additional resources

12-3pm: Lunch & Public Demonstration




Why are we doing this?

Simply put, UX and code are everywhere. From smoke detectors to smartphones, it’s hard to escape the impact that great user experiences and development are having on our lives. Understanding users, building testing agendas and knowing how the code works is an essential skill in today’s workforce. We need designers that can fluently speak a new digital language, developers that understand the user and business analysts that can translate data into consumer needs. Wired Magazine recently released an article that claimed coding is the next Blue Collar job, essentially cementing the importance of these skill sets. 

When is devx?

The program will be held on June 2nd & 3rd, June 23rd & 24th and July 14th.  Each day kicks off promptly at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. In between the immersive Friday and Saturday sessions, students should expect to complete additional assignments related to their core project. Final projects will be presented in a live public demonstration held at DCAD on July 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Where is DevX being held?

Each session will take place on-campus at the Delaware College of Art & Design in Wilmington, DE. DCAD is our core partner in this endeavor. 


What does it cost?

DevX is 100% free to students. Currently, the pilot is being self-funded through a partnership with DCAD and the generous donations of each instructor and program lead. Without their support, the program would cost more than $2,800/student.


How do I apply?

Students interested in this boot camp must apply by May 12, 2017. Upon successful registration, students are expected to complete an 8-part online introduction to HTML/CSS on their own through, a free resource. 


Worried about the pre-work?

Don’t sweat it, most parts will take you 15-30 minutes to complete, with easy-to-follow examples and a live in-browser editor. Use your best judgement while completing each session, and if you have questions, make a list. We’ll review those questions during the first session.


Who are the instructors?

They're working professionals with diverse backgrounds in User Experience, Research, Creative, and Development. They are performers, managers, community leaders and entrepreneurs. Each one of your teachers and tech talk participants have generously donated their time to assist in the pilot. Many have used their personal vacation time to teach the sections, along with the countless hours donated in curating the curriculum. 


Stay on our list.

While registration for the pilot program has closed, we're busy looking at future opportunities and partnerships in our community. Remain in touch by signing up for our email series, you'll learn about free lectures from industry professionals, future courses, and opportunities to participate.