Learning by doing

PDX and Online

Learn UX design and research by learning to think like a designer, plan and execute UX projects, and build interactive prototypes.



This course focuses on reading and exploring key ideas shaping UX perspectives around themes in design and technology.

Over this six-week course, participants meet to discuss readings, share insights and review case studies. Each week will have the option of writing or design prompts to explore concepts.

The seminar is designed to encourage creativity and critical thinking while giving participants some fundamental frameworks and real-world perspectives to understand the social and ethical impact of design and technology decisions.

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Our core offering since 2016, the Intro Series Workshop is a chance to develop your skills in key areas of UX Design and Research.

Each meeting is focused on a particular skill or technique, and you’ll learn hands-on in a community project!


  • Ethnographic Interviewing

  • Usability Testing

  • Participant Recruitment + Design Research Logistics

  • Planning and Managing UX Projects

  • Journey Mapping and Service Design



In the Studio course, participants will complete a portfolio project with the help of a supportive creative community.

Studio participants will design and build an interactive prototype using the Material design framework.

We’ll work together to learn prototyping methods including lo-fi paper prototyping and tools like Figma and Sketch. Finally, we’ll conduct usability testing and re-iterate on our findings.   

More info coming soon!

Certificate of Completion + Continuing Education Credits

We’re grownups, so there are no grades or assignments in our courses, outside of reading and seminar participation and project work.

Participants who complete a majority of the course activities will receive a certificate of completion. Participants who complete the Seminar, Studio and Workshop courses will receive a program certificate.

Each of our courses earns 2 CEUs or 20 PDH, or the equivalent of 2 quarter credit hours. Students with specific credit requirements (e.g. enrolled in degree programs) can contact the instructor for documentation to support transfer of credit.


Will these courses help me to become a UX Designer / Researcher / Developer?

While our courses vary in content and approach, it’s our belief that they each cover equally important areas of learning for UX professionals. Moreover, UX Night School courses will connect you with a community of folks working in design and technology, which we believe will prove invaluable to career development.

What if I miss a class?

Recordings of the online seminar discussion and instructor presentation will be shared with students who cannot attend course meetings.

How is UX Night School different from other UX classes and trainings?

I founded UX Night School because I realized that the landscape of professional development and learning for design and tech (both in my city, Portland, Oregon, and globally) was missing a few things.

First, we have an enforced Code of Conduct, and prioritize accessibility, inclusion and social relevance. We know that the next generation of designers and developers is more diverse, more global, and more agile - and that this is our strength!

Second, we operate as a community-based participatory design workshop - meaning that we purposefully engage with both local and online communities to create solutions for positive change and innovation. Our first offering was the IRL version of this course at the XOXO Outpost. We teach the workshops quarterly, and each time we offer them, we integrate what we learned from our students and participants in the next round. Our students are  our partners, and we aim to learn from you and iterate - we practice what we teach!

Last, we’re small on purpose, so that we can work closely with you. We’re not a venture-backed startup, and we’re not a bootcamp promising to change your whole life in six weeks. Things like pivoting in your career or advocating for change in your organization take time. We want to support you in the short term (with courses like this one), and in the long term (with coaching and future offerings).

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