APP DESIGN ACADEMY
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 


Teaching this course is Vasile Tiplea, CEO of Los Angeles-based app design and development agency Creative27.

Creative27 has won more than 100 awards for its work over the last decade, including multiple awards from the Web Marketing Association and a CES Innovation Award.

Are you seeking a career as a User Interface (UI) designer, User Experience (UX) designer, App Designer, or Website Designer? Are you looking to design your own apps? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then  you’re in the right place.

The App Design Academy program is a complete training course created with the goal of teaching beginners the skills needed to work in one of these amazing fields with jobs that continue to be in high demand. Completing the entire program, which consists of seven multipart modules, will thoroughly prepare you to design your own apps or seek work as a professional UI designer, UX designer, or website designer.

You’ll learn:


Learn how to design mobile apps and websites


Learn to create UX wireframe designs for websites & apps


Create interactive Prototypes with InVision and Sketch


Learn to create mockups using Sketch, Photoshop, Omnigraffle and InVision

Learn from one of the top influencer in today’s App industry


Learn best practices for User Experience research design


Learn to design user interfaces for websites & apps


Learn to create a website with your portfolio work and start applying for jobs

Start a new career as a UI/UX or product designer


Resume, references and interview preparation


One on one mentorship program with Vasile Tiplea


Complete the entire App Design Academy program in weeks and start working as an app designer

Instructor

Vasile has helped more than 100 companies put award-winning apps in the market. He has worked with global brands like Samsung, Sony, Beats, Bose, BBC Worldwide, and more.

The App Design Academy is unlike any other course on the market because of the mentorship approach Vasile takes to teaching. It is based upon a successful formula that teaches students to become the best designers and readies them to work for the best. Vasile’s stellar record in the industry brought him to the top, and he created this program to train others to do the same. For students who want to land their dream job, this is the ideal first step. Students who completed this course in the past have landed jobs as UI designers, UX designers, and product designers at companies like NFL, Mitsubishi Motors, and CBS Interactive.


Program Outline

MODULE 001

Progress
20%

Design Fundamentals
Learn the foundation of design

 Intro
 Typography
 Color
 Layout
Future Course
Future Course

MODULE 002

Progress
40%

MODULE 003

Progress
60%

User Experience Design
Learn the blueprint behind great apps

 UX notes
 Low fidelity wireframes
 High fidelity wireframes
 4 Principles of UX design
 UX homework assignment

MODULE 004

Progress
80%

User Interface Design
How to design award-winning apps

 UI intro
 Creating mood boards
 Designing the UI in Sketch
 5 Principles of UI Design
 UI homework assignment

MODULE 005

Progress
90%

Interactive Prototyping
Build a working model of your app

 Prototyping intro
 Prototype using InVision
 Principles of prototyping
 Homework & last thoughts
Future Course 1
Future Course 2
Future Course 3
Future Course 4
Future Course 5
Future Course 6
Future Course 7

MODULE 007

Progress
100%

Interview & Website
Job and interview preparation

 Intro
 Resume prep
 Portfolio review
 Internship opportunities
 Leave-behind & digital promo

MODULE 001

Progress
20%

Design Fundamentals

The Design Fundamentals course is the foundation of the App Design academy, providing the building blocks that any designer needs to get started in the field. In this course, Vasile will share trade secrets that he has learned and practiced for more than a decade.

This module will cover the basics of design for those who do not have a background in the field.
We’ll cover the importance of typography, its significance to the reader, and how it plays a role in design. You’ll see examples of what works and what doesn’t.

We’ll discuss color and how crucial it is in the field of design. We’ll examine how colors create impact, how different colors can shape the viewer’s overall experience, and how to choose and work with color. Throughout the course, we’ll examine intricate ways of looking at layouts and how to create interest, break down your content, and evoke an emotional response.

Note: This module will get you ready for the next modules. If you have no experience as a UI designer or UX designer, it is highly recommended that you take this course.

Intro Notes

Typography

Total Duration: 38m 25s

Assignment:
Your assignment is to take the block of text provided here and come up with 10 different layouts.

All layouts should be black and white & you may use any software you choose.

Tip: Use no more than 3-fonts and 3 sizes for your copy.

Reading Assignment:

Color

Total Duration: 19m 63s

Exercise 001: Design 4-Posters

  • 1st utilizing black, white and 1 color
  • 2nd utilizing primary colors
  • 3rd utilizing secondary colors
  • 4th utilizing tertiary colors
  • Here’s the copy and image

Exercise 002: Apply color to the UI provided

  • Download the APP UI here
  • Select your sources for Inspiration
  • Pick 2-3 colors for each look
  • Render 3 looks
  • Share results with me here
Color Resources:

 Inspiration Resources:

Tip: Use the typography skills learned in the previous lesson

Reading Assignment:
Principles of color in app design

Layout

Total Duration: 33m 63s

Exercise 001:

  • Using the following assets, put together a bi-fold brochure for SculpSure
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.5 (folded)
  • Here’s the Sketch file from the second Layout Video

Exercise 002:

  • Use the first letter from your first and last name to create a monogram.
  • Pay close attention to the negative and positive space around the letters.

Tip: Use the typography and color skills learned in the previous lesson

Reading Assignment:
5 Key Elements of Digital Design Layout

MODULE 002

Progress
40%

Research

Research is a crucial part of any app design project, and all UI designers and UX designers, regardless of experience level, should be sure to take this module.

Before starting on any project, you will want to know what you’re up against, and so it is essential to conduct a surface level assessment of the competition. In this module, we’ll discuss how to do that. We’ll explain how best to determine who the top competitors are, get an understanding of why they are successful, and figure out how to ascertain our competitive edge. What can we bring to the table as a differentiator? What do we have to offer that will set our product apart from theirs?

By the end of this module, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify both direct and indirect competitors — and to understand the difference between the two
  • How to formulate a messaging statement and a positioning statement
  • How to determine the key elements that will drive your product and set it apart from the competition

Research Notes

Identify direct and indirect competitors

Total Duration: 4m 27s

Notes:

  • Select 3-4 direct/indirect competitors
  • Download competitors app, take screenshots and notes
  • If working with a client, determine their needs and compare them with your research

Reading Assignment:
The importance of conducting research in design

Surface level assessment

Total Duration: 2m 42s

Notes:

  • Determine what can you do different from competition
  • What will your app have that the competition does not

Suggested direction & positioning

Total Duration: 5m 01s

Notes:

  • Pick 2 to 3 laterals for the overall direction of the app
  • Build your features around the chosen laterals
  • Keep your app simple. The more complicated your app is and the more feature it has, the lower the probability of your app succeeding.

Examples

Total Duration: 5m 11s

Notes:

  • Follow the examples provided closely in the process of conducting your own research
  • It’s a good idea to come up with a templated outline that you can follow as you work on additional projects

Outro

Total Duration: 1m 01s

Notes:

  • Understand and learn the process well as you’ll use it for the rest of your career
  • Let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into UX next

MODULE 003

Progress
60%

User experience design (UX)

User Experience (UX) design is the heart of any great app or website. It is the foundation you will build your projects upon and the blueprint from which you’ll design your apps or websites. In this module, we will look at how to make apps user friendly, easy to understand, and pleasant to navigate – and why that is so important. You’ll gain a basic understanding of what wireframes, how they work, and why they’re necessary, and then learn how to create both low-fidelity and high-fidelity annotated wireframes.

You’ll also learn how to create sitemaps and functionality flows in Omnigraffle, which is a diagramming and digital illustration application used by professional designers.

Note: If you’ve never designed wireframes and user experience scenarios/flows, we highly recommend taking this course. We’ll be using wireframes in future classes, and this course will prepare you for the remaining modules in the series.

UX Notes

Low fidelity wireframes

Total Duration: 16m 22s

Notes:

  • Work on preliminary sitemap.
  • Sketch out 4-6 sketches of the same screen, with each sketch, get more and more accurate. Here’s an example of thumbnail sketches.
  • Once you have an accurate sketch, sketch 2-3 additional and different layouts for that screen 

Reading Assignment:
Why does UX matter?

High fidelity wireframes & Omnigraffle

Total Duration: 22m 56s

Notes:

  • Render your selected screens from low fidelity wireframes into high fidelity wireframes
  • Use Omnigraffle, Sketch or Adobe XD to render the high fidelity wireframes

References

Reading Assignment:
UX is not UI. What is the difference?

Omnigraffle 7 Pro Essential Training

Total Duration: 55m 28s

Notes:

  • Purchase or Sign Up for an Omnigraffle Trial here
  • Follow the same steps, as provided in the video

Additional Omnigraffle courses

4 Principles of UX Design

Total Duration: 4m 44s

The 4 principles of UX Design are:

  1. Design for your users, not for yourself
  2. Oversimplify functionality
  3. Focus on digestibility
  4. Focus on clarity

Reading Assignment:
How do you create a success ready app?

UX homework assignment

Total Duration: 2m 16s

Homework:

  • Work on a music app that is a direct competitor to Apple Music
  • Design the following screens:
    • Splash
    • Sign Up & Sign In
    • Main Landing page
  • Go through:
    • Research
    • Low fidelity wireframes
    • High fidelity wireframes

MODULE 004

Progress
80%

User interface design (UI)

User Interface design is all about creating a strong visual impact that helps define a brand. You’ll learn the complete process that results in a great-looking app. In this module, we’ll take the wireframes created in the User Experience design module and show you how to build a branded design around them.

You’ll learn how to design apps in Sketch, and also how to use Adobe Photoshop as a complementary software. We’ll cover what mood boards are and why they are important, and discuss how to select colors and typography.

UI intro

Creating mood boards

Total Duration: 8m 59s

Exercise:

  • You may use InVision or any other software of your choosing
  • Pick 2-4 colors swatches and show examples of apps using these swatches
  • Do the same for 2-3 different styles 

Reading Assignment:
Vital Tips on Effective Mobile App Design

Designing the UI in Sketch

Total Duration: 45m 32s

Exercise:

  • Using the wireframe(s) and mood-board(s) designed in the previous courses, work on designing the UI as instructed in the video
  • Mirror your design on to a phone so you can adjust dimensions, color and layout accordingly
  • Design 2-3 different combinations based on the mood-boards you chose and select the UI that looks the best as the final work

Take these Sketch Courses

Reading Assignment:
How to Make an App Addictive

5 Principles of UI Design

Total Duration: 11m 18s

  1. Keep your main colors to 2 – 3

    • You may have additional shades of colors but keeping your colors to a minimum will help you build a more beautiful, and cleared brand
  2. Be sensitive with drop shadows

    • When using drop-shadows, keep them light and clean
    • The darker your shadows, the more it will make your design look less crisp and out of date
  3. Watch your margins

    • Make sure you leave plenty of space on the edges of your design and wherever you have type and iconography
  4. Do not re-invent the wheel

    • While it is ok to be different, you don’t want to design something that is so far off-the spectrum that makes people raise an eyebrow
    • As you build your mood-boards, take hint on overall design-style
  5. Do not copy

    • There is a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism
    • When you build your mood-boards, it is ok to use a similar color palette, it is not however ok to copy an entire layout including icons, typography and imagery

UI homework assignment

Total Duration: 9m 25s

Homework:

  • Work on a music app that is a direct competitor to Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
  • Conduct the research, and design the low fidelity wireframes and high fidelity wireframes for the following screens:
    • Splash
    • Sign Up & Sign In
    • Main Landing page
  • Work on mood boards:
    • Select 2-3 different color palettes
    • Collect samples of app UI designs
    • Select your typography
  • Design the UI:
    • Use Sketch, Adobe XD or Adobe Illustrator
    • Have two different color options for each screen

MODULE 005

Progress
90%

Interactive Prototyping

Interactive prototyping helps us build a working model of our still designs, and along with wire-framing, it is one of the most important steps in the design process. Interactive prototyping lets you show your design to the client or other stakeholders important to the project, and so it is critical to learn how to do it right.

By the end of this module, you’ll understand how to bring your designs to life and to make them interactive. You’ll be able to create a working model of your app, install it on your phone and then be able to share it with others. You’ll get hands-on with the programs needed to learn how to do this: Sketch, Craft Manager and InVision.

Prototyping intro

Creating a prototype using InVision

Total Duration: 16m 30s

Notes:

  • You may use InVision and Craft to build your prototype
  • After you build the prototype, download InVision on your mobile phone to test your prototype
  • Share your prototype with others and receive feedback

Principles of prototyping

Total Duration: 4m 02s

5 Principles of App Prototyping:

  1. Keep animations to a minimum
    • The more animations you have, the more complex your project will become
    • Talk about Paper by Facebook
  2. Break down your prototype
    • For complex prototypes, break them down into multiple flows
  3. Annotate your prototypes
    • Leave developer or user comments through screens on your prototype
  4. Share your prototypes
    • Use your prototypes in your portfolio pages
    • Share them to receive feedback
  5. Take Joy and have fun
    • Don’t forget to enjoy building your prototypes and have fun while you do it

Homework and last thoughts

Total Duration: 2m 41s

Exercise:

  • Build out the prototype for the music app you’ve been working on
  • For an additional project, work on a productivity app
  • Work on 10-12 portfolio pieces to get you ready to apply for jobs

MODULE 006

Progress
95%

Portfolio Projects

Portfolio projects is a thorough one-on-one mentorship program guided by Vasile B. Tiplea that allows you to create real-world projects and get actionable feedback, resulting in portfolio-ready results. If your goal is to build a stunning portfolio so you can land a job as a UI/UX/product designer or website designer, this course is one you must enroll in.

Vasile will assign specific projects to you, and he will provide personal critique on what to change, what works, what can be improved, and how make your portfolio better. By the end of this course, you will have 10 strong portfolio pieces that will jump-start your design career and help you get your dream job. The cost associated with this portion of the program is $3,000. To enroll in this portion of the program, book a time with Vasile here.

Introduction

Mobile App Entertainment

Website Promo Responsive

Tablet App

Mobile App Productivity

Website E-Commerce

Tablet App Real Estate

Mobile App Social

Website Dashboard

Tablet App E-learning

Wearable Project Fitness

MODULE 007

Progress
100%

Interview & Personal Website

This job interview preparation course will get you ready for the real world. It will help build your confidence and sharpen your interviewing, application, and job-hunting strategy to get the results you want from your job search. You’ve put so much hard work into your career development up until this point – this course will help ensure all that hard work produces the opportunities you deserve. If you have completed all of the previous modules, you are now in a very good spot to start applying for jobs.

Vasile will personally review your resume and portfolio. He will provide detailed feedback —specific recommendations on anything that should be changed, what strengths you can play on, and what direction you should go in when it comes to your job search. His insight will ensure you make a meaningful impact on recruiters and hiring managers by overcoming career blockers — the things that may be preventing you from making your mark in the UI/UX/website/product design field.

The cost associated with this module is $2,500. For more info e-mail hello@creative27.com

Introduction

Resume Prep

Portfolio Review

Recommendations and Referrals

Internship Opportunities

Leave-behind and Digital Promo



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FAQs


General

I have an app idea and want to design it myself. Will this help me?

Yes. We recommend you complete the entire program so that you have the foundational skills to know how to carry out an app design from ideation to completion.

Is there a discount for vets and high schoolers?

Yes, there is a 20% discount. If you are a vet or high schooler, send us an e-mail with proof at hello@creative27.com and we’ll apply a 20% discount.

Can I attend college and take this program? How much commitment will this take?

If you attend college full-time, it will be challenging to complete the program. The commitment required is a minimum of 4-hours/day.

I work during the day, can I take this program at night? Will I be able to complete it?

Yes, you may take this program at night. As long as you’re committed to putting in the time and check in with your instructor, you’ll be ok.


Portfolio

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio contains sample pieces of the app design, web design and other digital projects you’ve worked on during this course. This shows to prospect employers your capabilities and strength as an app designer.

Why do I need a portfolio?

If you are seeking a job as an app designer, user interface designer, user experience designer or product designer, you’ll need a portfolio when applying for jobs.

Will I get help with my portfolio?

In order to receive help with your portfolio, you’ll need to take the Portfolio Assignments course. This course goes hand in hand with the Job Interview Preparation. If you are seeking to be employed as an app designer, we highly recommend taking both of these courses.

Why do companies look at portfolios?

Companies look at portfolios to gage your level of expertise as a designer and to see if your style as a designer would match with their needs.


Program

My degree is in Graphic Design, how would this program help me?

If you have a degree in Graphic Design, this program will help you breach the gap between print and digital. On the bright side, as a Graphic Designer you should have strong foundational skills in Typography, Layout and Color which will help you tremendously.

Can I complete the program without taking all of the courses listed here?

If you are a seasoned professional then yes, you may skip some of the courses. We recommend e-mailing us at hello@creative27.com before enrolling if you are thinking of skipping courses. We’ll assess where you are and provide insights on follow up steps.

What is UI/UX or product designer?

UI refers to User Interface Design which deals with the visual design of an interface. UX refers to User Experience which deals with the mechanics behind how a product/app/website works. A Product Designer is both hands on and leads a team of seasoned professionals in completing a product.

I want to design apps by myself; what is the best and fastest way to do it?

Designing an app is no easy task. Understanding the process and acquiring the skills is crucial to designing successful apps. Taking the C27 Academy program as opposed to a 4-year school is the fastest way to do it.

Is this going to be a bunch of theory?

There is definitely some theory and important concepts covered. The C27 Academy program however focuses more on the practical side of things.

I have an emergency, can I take a break from the program? Will I have to pay it again to continue later on?

The payment for the program covers you for 1-year. If an emergency situation occurs, reach out to us at hello@creative27.com for an extension.

What if I want to cancel my program, will I get my money back?

There will be no refund once you’ve signed up for the program.

If I pay for my program, how long will I have access to it?

You will have 1 year from the date you’ve enrolled in the program.

If I complete the program, can I work for Creative27 App Agency?

Yes, there is a possibility. Creative27 is constantly seeking seasoned professionals to join their elite team.


Courses

What does is it mean mentor course?

Mentor course means Vasile B Tiplea will guide you through the program, review your work and provide insightful feedback to help shape you into an app designer.

What if I fail the course, do I need to take it again?

There are no grades assigned throughout the C27 Academy Program. You’re welcome to take courses multiple times to sharpen your skills. Just remember you’ll have 1-Year access from the time you enrolled in the course.

What kind of assignments will I have? What if I do not have my assignment complete, what happens?

Each course has its own assignments which will help you put theory and lessons taught into practice. Not completing your assignments is setting yourself up for failure. We highly recommend completing each assignment to get the most out of each course.

How often can my mentor meet with me?

Vasile B Tiplea will be providing feedback to your assignments via the Vabotu platform to which you will gain access once enrolled in the course. 1 on 1 Mentoring is available throughout the Portfolio Assignments and Job Interview Preparation. The Portfolio Review Preparation course comes with ten 45 minutes 1 on 1 sessions.

May I pay one course at a time?

You cannot, you will have to pay for the entire program upfront.

I am a designer, can I just take courses to my liking?

If you are seasoned designer, you may choose the courses you wish to take.


Software/Tools

What kind of software/ tools do I need?

Throughout this course you will use Omnigraffle, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Craft Manager and InVision.

Can I get a discount for the software you use, and how?

Each of the software covered in this course provide a free trial which you will be able to use for the course. In addition there are student discounts provided. Please learn more about this on each of the software websites provided.

Can I complete the program without the tools listed above?

You do not have to use these exact tools. You may use other tools to complete program.

Will you teach how to use the tools?

There will be a brief introductory course for each of the software listed to get you up and sprinting.


Finding a Job in the App Industry

I want to start a new career as an app designer, how long will it take before applying for jobs?

It all depends on your pace as you take each course, complete the assignments and work on your portfolio. The average length of the program is 5 to 8 months.

How do you help with job placement?

We’ll guide you through where to apply and how to apply. Once you complete the Portfolio Assignments and Job Interview Preparation courses you’ll be up and ready to put yourself on the market.

How can you help with job interviews? Will you train me how to present myself and what to show in my portfolio?

For job interviews we’ll make sure you have your resume, LinkedIn and Portfolio ready. You will also be prepared for interview questions and how to talk about your work and strengths as a designer.

I want to start my own App Agency, does your program teach how to do it and what to be aware of?

This program does not cover this. However be on the lookout as we’re putting together a program that teaches seasoned designers and freelancers how to breach the gap between their day job and dream job.



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