The Story Behind the UX Knowledge Base Sketch Collection

The first 21 UX Knowledge Base Sketches

After almost half a year…

…of creating UX Knowledge Base Sketches weekly — partly due to the requests from my students, partly because I wanted to share the knowledge in an additional way — , I started this publication to provide all these sketches as a collection. I also added some recommended readings/useful links to each of the sketches, so you can dig deeper if you are particularly interested in a topic.

I’m going to publish a new UX Knowledge Base Sketch weekly.

Check out the constantly updated Table of Contents of the UX Knowledge Base Sketch collection.

Hopefully, UX students and UX designers who have only recently started their journey in UX will be able to gain knowledge on the topics, concepts visualized in these sketches. And I hope that the collection will be valuable for more experienced UX professionals as well, the sketching techniques and the way I present the ideas might be inspirational.

Please feel free to join the Sketching for UX Designers group on Facebook, post your UX sketches, share your favorite links, ask questions etc.

If you are interested in sketching, check out my Sketching for UX designers course.

You can subscribe to my Sketching for UX newsletter to get these UX Knowledge Base Sketches directly to your inbox weekly, and to participate in a 100-day long UX-visual library building challenge. If you subscribe, you can also download the Sketching for UX designers WORKBOOK for free!

This is how it’s started: Online Teaching

On 15th April 2017 I became an online teacher, I published my first course, Sketching for UX designers on Udemy.

This is the brief story of how I got the idea of getting into online teaching:

One part of me always wanted to be a teacher. I come from a family of teachers and engineers, so the value of knowledge-sharing and designing complex systems have always been apparent to me.

During my PhD studies I had the opportunity to give lectures to university students, and I really liked it, but the idea of having students from all over the world has always been more appealing.

Last year I attended a meetup about online teaching. The speaker of the event was a friend of mine, István Szép, who is a design teacher, and currently has more than 10 courses on Udemy. He talked about the different online teaching platforms, the pros and cons of having your own platform, and the way how he builds his course portfolio.

István Szép is explaining why online teaching is awesome :)

He was a great inspiration: on that day, I decided that I’m going to become an online teacher soon.

I wrote an article about the process of getting into online teaching, if you are a UX designer, and on the fence about creating your own online course, I can’t recommend enough to give it a try!

Sketching for UX Designers Newsletter

Before publishing the Sketching for UX designers course, I had decided that I’m going to create UX- and sketching-related content regularly to constantly inspire my students and fellow UX designers.

I created a newsletter with 2 main parts (you can subscribe here):

  • a 100-day long UX-visual library building challenge (I send 3 objects or concepts related to UX each day for 100 days, the subscriber’s task is to create a sketched icon for those )— the result of completing the challenge is having 300 UX-related icons drawn by yourself & of course having your sketching skills greatly improved is a nice side effect! :)
  • a UX Knowledge Base Sketch (weekly), which has two main goals: summarizing an important UX / Interaction Design topic, and at the same time the subscribers can get inspired by my sketching style, what elements I use, how I structure the content and so on.

Special thanks to István Szép, who was my mentor throughout the whole process of creating my first online course, and to my husband, Gergely Szerovay, who helped me to create a quality teaching material.

If you have any comments or questions please reach out to me here or on Twitter: @krisztaszerovay