Watch UX lessons on Designing AR/VR Apps

What is User Experience?

UX is about how people experience and feel about a product or service. Great UX has the features and functionality that you need, is very easy to use, and loads and responds quickly.

About YouthXDesign

Patricia teaches this program every summer, recommended for high school students ages 14-18. They can learn and apply fundamental design concepts and discover UX disciplines like user research, interaction design, and visual design. Registration is free for people of color or with any donation.


Creativity - Come up with novel solutions for problems

Communication - Effectively express ideas and present their projects

Collaboration - Group brainstorming sessions and cooperative projects

Leadership - Practice decision-making and ownership of their designs


Problem Discovery - Process of uncovering real-world problems

Design Thinking - Human-centered iterative process designers use to tackle problems

Rapid Prototyping - An iterative design approach to quickly improve user interfaces

Usability Testing - Methods to improve designs with continuous feedback from users


Google Meet & Docs - For collaboration, documentation, and presentations

Figma - Mobile app design creation and prototyping

POP (Prototyping on Paper) - An option for those who want to sketch by hand and prototype with a smartphone


Find an opportunity and discover your app idea


Sketch your idea and test your design prototypes


Polish your app and get it ready for programming

UX in a Nutshell

Learn more about UX/UI design, UX careers, how designers and programmers work together, and getting into coding from the Deconstructing YouTube video series, recorded for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Virtual Tech Camp hosted by my good friend Dr. Alana Platt.

Watch the video series

Designing AR/VR Apps

View the presentation for the lecture and access the Figma project to do it yourself

Go to the project folder

Watch the video series

Designing Mobile Apps

Learn about design thinking, user research, interaction design, and visual design

Download the mobile app design activity PDF

See you next summer!

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