MENTORSHIP PROGRAM


APP DESIGN ACADEMY


Taught by industry expert multi-award winning CEO of Creative27, Vasile B. Tiplea

The App Design Academy program is designed to help train you in becoming an app designer, ui designer, ux designer or website designer. Completing the entire program will thoroughly prepare you to design your own apps or seek work as a professional User Interface Designer, User Experience Designer, App Designer or Website Designer.

You’ll learn:


Learn how to design mobile apps and websites


Create  UX wireframe designs for websites & apps


Create interactive Prototypes with InVision and Sketch


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


Design beautiful interfaces for websites & apps


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

Instructor

This course is taught by Vasile Tiplea, CEO of Multi-Award winning Los Angeles based App Design and Development agency Creative27.

Vasile helped over 100 companies put award winning apps in the market. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Beats, Bose, BBC Worldwide and more.

Vasile takes a mentorship approach to teaching unlike any other course available in the market. Students who have taken this course, landed jobs as User Interface Designers, User Experience Designers and Product Designers at companies like NFL, Mitsubishi Motors and CBS Interactive.



MODULE 001

Progress
20%

Design Fundamentals

The Design Fundamentals course will provide the core foundation building blocks that any designer needs. Vasile will share trade secrets that he learned and practiced for over a decade.

We’ll cover the importance of typography, its great significance and how it plays a role in design. You’ll see examples of what works and what doesn’t.

We’ll look how colors create impactful experiences and how to choose and work with color. We’ll discuss intricate ways of looking at layouts, 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, I highly recommend taking this.

Intro Notes

Typography

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

Exercise:

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

Resources:

Tip: Use the typography skills learned in the previous lesson

Reading Assignment:
Principles of color in app design

Layout

Exercise 001:

  • Using the following assets, put together a bi-fold brochure for SculpSure
  • Size: 5.5 x 8.5 (folded)

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. All ui designers and ux designers are encouraged to not skip this step. Before you start on a project, you need to conduct a surface level assessment of who are the top competitors, why are they successful and what competitive edge can we bring that will set our product apart from theirs.

By the end of this, you’ll learn:

  • how to identify direct and indirect competitors
  • how to formulate a messaging & positioning statement
  • key elements that will drive your product & set it apart from competition

Research Notes

Identify direct and indirect competitors

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

Surface level assessment

Notes:

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

Suggested direction & positioning

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

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

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 Design is the foundation and blue-print, the heart of any great app. This is where we look at how to make apps user friendly, easy to understand and pleasant to navigate. You’ll learn what wireframes are and how to create low fidelity and high fidelity annotated wireframes.

You’ll learn how to create sitemaps and functionality flows in Omnigraffle.

Note: If you’ve never designed wireframes and user experience scenarios/flows, we highly recommend taking this course as it will prepare you for the remaining courses.

UX Notes

Low fidelity wireframes

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

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

Take these Omnigraffle Courses

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

4 Principles of UX Design

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

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 branded visual impact. You’ll learn the process that will get you an awesome looking app. At this stage, we’ll take our wireframes and show you how to build a branded design around them.

You’ll learn how to design apps in Sketch and how to use Adobe Photoshop as a complementary software. We’ll cover the importance of Mood-Boards and how to select colors and typography.

UI intro

Creating mood boards

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

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

  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

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. By the end of this, you’ll learn how to bring your designs to life. You’ll learn how to add interactivity to your designs and

how to create a working model of the app you’re working on, install it on your phone and be able to share it with others. You’ll learn how to do this using Sketch, Craft Manager and InVision.

Prototyping intro

Creating a prototype using InVision

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

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

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

Portfolio projects


Portfolio Assignments is a thorough one on one mentorship program guided by Vasile B. Tiplea with real world projects, actionable feedback & portfolio ready results. If you’re looking to build a portfolio so you can land a job as a UI/UX/Product Designer or Website designer, we highly recommend enrolling in this.

Vasile will assign projects to you and provide personal critique on what to change and how make your portfolio better. By the end of this course, you will have 10 strong portfolio pieces. The cost associated with this portion of the program is $3000. 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

Interview & personal website


The Job interview preparation course will get you ready for the real-world. Building confidence, sharpen your strategy to get the results you want from your job search. Ensure your 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, portfolio and provide recommendation on what direction to go in. His insight will ensure you make a meaningful impact on recruiters and hiring managers by overcoming career blockers. The cost associated with this module is $2500. 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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