UX UI Design, Nossi’s Web Design Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr Being workforce ready in any field is advantageous for those seeking employment and for employers seeking new hires who can hit the ground running. Nossi College of Art’s new User Experience and User Interface Design (UX/UI) Certificate will allow Middle Tennesseans to quickly get up to speed when they enter the modern workforce. UX/UI design is a necessity to create a better digital relationship between customers and clients. Nossi’s certificate allows students to build upon their professional development, making more desirable job recruits on a convenient, 14-week schedule. In describing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), Paul Edoho-Eket, Web and Interactive Program Manager at Nossi, said it helps people use technology easier. That results in the user desiring to stay on a company’s website, potentially netting more revenue, interaction and customer satisfaction. “If you can make a more usable product, the customer’s going to be happy and [a business will] get more customers and everybody wins,” said Edoho-Eket. “More and more, the term UX/UI is appearing on job sites. Employers realize how important it is.” The interest and need of UX/UI designers by local employers and the tech community played an integral role in Nossi’s decision to offer this certificate. Nashville is already a center for technology. The area comprised of Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro and Franklin, TN is among the top ten job markets for new college graduates, according to ZipRecruiter. More tech industries and people interested in tech careers are moving to the…

Student and Graduate Collaborate to Achieve Recognition in Adobe Creative Jam

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story By Les Kerr Once the competition began, all competitors had just three and a half hours to design their prototypes. The community spirit of Nossi College of Art was exemplified in the recent collaboration between a current student, Cory Harkins*, and a graduate, Brandi Leath. A project created by the two was chosen a Judge’s Award Second Place UX Design winner of the prestigious and highly competitive Adobe Creative Jam in Nashville. The Jam is a two-part design experience in which design duos compete in a tournament utilizing Creative Cloud, according to Liz Schmidt, Adobe’s Senior Creative Manager. Cory is a current student and Creative Director at CRT Custom Products and Brandi is a UX/UI Designer at Parachute Media**. When Adobe issued a call for teams of two designers to compete in the Jam, they decided to enter the competition using the name Team aBC. Once they were selected to compete, they learned that the project required the use of Adobe’s XD program. Brandi and Cory learned the program in ten days since neither had used it before. Before all the award excitement, Cory and Brandi take a break to capture a photo. “At noon on the day of the competition, we got the theme,” said Brandi, “which was ‘A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats.’ With that theme, we had to create an app prototype.” Cory described the prototype as, “a functioning static portion of what the app would look like. It’s not fully functional, where you could send and…

Nossi Senior Show and Open House

Join us as we honor our graduating seniors for their portfolio show. Concluding the event is Nossi’s Semester Award Show as well, where we highlight top-performing students with certificates.  The show’s promotional pieces (direct mail, email campaign, social media and website images) were created by Talia Folk, Interactive Graphic Design student graduating this summer. View more of Talia’s work by visiting her portfolio site and her business, Big Foot Studios.

What do you do all day? UXUI Web Designer

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Meet Brandi Leath, a Nossi College of Art graduate and current UX UI Web Designer at Parachute Media, a local ad agency focused on social media and digital marketing. Brandi graduated with an Interactive Graphic Design degree and is putting her skills and experience to use on a daily basis. Learn a little bit more about Brandi and what she does:   UPDATE November 2017! Brandi Leath partnered with current student Cory Harkins on the Adobe Creative Jam and tied for FIRST PLACE JUDGES CHOICE! Stay tuned for updated info and images.    Why did you decide to become and Web & Interactive Designer?  In the 10 years of my accounting career, I constantly found myself working on UX/UI and graphic design projects within the companies I worked for. This was in addition to my accounting responsibilities. I would freelance web design projects and work after work just for fun. I know it sounds a bit silly, but this is literally what happened. I turned 30 and was watching the movie The Vow. The one where Rachel McAdams was in law school and decided to quit and go to art school instead. I left the movie feeling extremely overwhelmed by the same feeling. I wanted to make art, all the time, not just for fun. So I quit my job and two weeks later I signed up for art school at Nossi College. I wasn’t even sure if I had any talent; I just knew that’s what I wanted to do….

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