🎁 Free UX Starter Kit and a User Research Starter Crash Course

A few days ago I facilitated a series of two evenings of workshop on for WIDE, Women in Digital Empowerment in Luxembourg. This workshop is was called “User eXperience – starter crash course“. The audience was a nice mix between students and entrepreneurs with a project/ website. The goal was to help them discover how to build a product with a user centric approach and why companies should focus on users needs and talk to their potential users as soon as possible.

In this article, you will find the slides of the workshop. At the end of the articles, you can download a free “UX Starter Kit” I created. It contains templates to build a product concept, a user journey map, a user flow kit, some mobile, tablet and desktop templates for paper prototyping and a guerrilla usability testing checklist.

The “User eXperience – starter crash course” workshop

From product definition to guerrilla testing

I started my workshop with an introduction to help participants understand some of the different  “flavours” of design: visual design, user interface (UI) design and of course user experience (UX) design.

Participants then worked in groups on a small project that lead them through different aspects of building a user centric product. We started with some tips to define clear product definition. Then the groups discovered the basics of user research: different techniques to get to know their users even on a small budget. Participants where then encouraged to interview some people and given some interview data to help them build a user journey map for their product. This map helped them identify main user goals but also potential pain-points in their product. Based on this map participants where able to create a user flow: a prototype of the path taken by the user to complete the main task in their product. Based on that flow, participants had a list of the main pages they needed and where able to create some mobile paper prototypes of those pages. Last but not least, participants then tested those quick “paper prototypes” in a guerrilla usability testing sessions with other participants player the role of the users.

The goal of this workshop is of course not to build the perfect product, but for participants to learn about UX jargon, experiment with UX methods that will  help them build

The slides

If you are curious you can find the slides I used for the workshop here. On top of those slides, I also give participants some cheat-sheets to help them with each exercice.

Interested in such a workshop?

If you are interested to get such a workshop for your company or your event, shoot me an email and we’ll figure out something!

Get the free “UX Starter Kit”

To facilitate this workshop, I created a small kit that contains templates to help participants with each exercice. This kit contains the following items:

A Product Concept template

This template will help your teams define and summarise a clear product definition.

A User Journey Map canvas

The experience of your users doesn’t start with your product. A User Journey Map lets you map the whole experience within your product/service but also before and after to identify pain points and opportunities for improvement.

A User Flow kit

The kit contains different types of arrows and some geometric shapes to let you created a user flow. I usually use squares for “pages/views”, diamonds for actions and bubbles for modals/popups or small interactions that stay on the main page. But it’s up to you 🙂

Printable mobile, tablet and desktop templates

The kit contains different paper prototype templates for mobile, tablet and desktop, with or without notes. Each template has some little dots to help you draw your quick prototypes.

A Guerrilla Usability Testing checklist

Last but not least, the kit contains a big checklist to help you with guerrilla usability testing (face to face, in your office or remote). This goes through the different steps of a test, from “Preparing the test” to “Before the test”, “During the test”, “End of the test” to “Synthesis and findings”.

Subscribe to download the kit

1. Fill in the form. 2. Open your emails and confirm your subscription. 3. You will then get a thank you email that contains the link to the whole UX Starter Kit.

Please note that gmail sometimes puts the confirmation and download emails into the spam.

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Stéphanie Walter

Senior UX Designer - Mobile Expert

Senior UX Designer. Mobile Expert. Public speaker. Blog writer. Google Dev Expert Web Platform and Product Design (GDE)

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Do you want me to give a talk or a workshop for your company or conference? Are you looking for some help with UX research, design and strategy? You can take a look at my work and contact me.

8 thoughts on “🎁 Free UX Starter Kit and a User Research Starter Crash Course

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    • I just tested it: it works, the confirmation email arrived as well. Then MailChimp sends in batch to it might take a few hours to bring the file to your mailbox.
      Also maybe check spam folder, especially on Gmail.
      Can you be more specific about what doesn’t work exactly? The button on the site or getting the mail?

  2. You have designed such a nice website with such good content, but whenever we try to download the above kit which you are offering on this page, the download links never appear neither on the mail nor on the same page after subscribing.

    • Hi,
      Sorry about that.
      You need to confirm your email after you subscribed on my site and then mailchimp automatically sends the link in the thank you email.
      This is the solution I found to avoid spam bots.
      The email you used for this comment isn’t in the mailchimp list. So I’m not sure you actually got the subscription email in the first place.
      Can you use the contact form to tell me which email you used and I will check if there’s an issue with mailchimp? Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi Stéphanie,

    couldnÂŽt get the form running in Firefox (67.0.2) but Chrome.

    Thanks for the kit! Great work!


    • Hi,
      I just tested on Firefox indeed there seams to be an issue. I will check with mailchimp because they built the script and I mostly copy/pasted the embed they provide. Thanks for telling me 🙂