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DSN 07 — Zero to One: Turn Your Idea into an App

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 2
Tuition: $565
Instructor(s): Angela Rivera
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 14
2 Units
Angela Rivera
A great idea is only as good as your ability to build it. Actualizing your idea is possible through the use of a three-step framework: understand, identify, and execute. Beginners and advanced students alike will find great power in this simple and effective product development framework. In this hands-on course, you will learn and actively implement the processes behind the framework, taking an initial idea and transforming it into an app experience.

Using the framework, we will cover these foundational topics and more: (1) Understand: identifying user problems, defining a prioritization framework, exploring user personas, and conducting existing market research; (2) Identify: determining Jobs to Be Done and understanding key user experience design patterns and principles relevant to your idea; (3) Execute: ideating solutions/product features, building wireframes and prototypes via user-friendly design tools like Figma, and validating early designs via user studies.

We will also conduct weekly design critiques of real-world products across different sectors. By the end of this course, you will have taken an idea—either your own original or assigned if needed—and gone through the understand, identify, and execute framework to design an original, high-quality app.

Lead Product Manager, Meta

Angela Rivera has nearly 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship and product development (design, product management, and engineering). She leads a team at Meta building metaverse experiences for the next computing platform, augmented reality glasses. Rivera has also launched and scaled global products at Microsoft, GitHub, Adobe, and numerous startups. She has taught product management, UX/UI design, and backend web development classes at General Assembly.