Cooper UX Boot Camp: Fair Trade USA

11 Jan 2013 - 4:54pm
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Kendra Shimmell

At Cooper, we believe you learn best by putting new skills into practice solving the kinds of challenges designers face on a daily basis. That’s why we designed UX Boot Camp, a four-day crash-course in our user experience design methodology that gives you a real-world problem to solve along with the toolkit you’ll need to tackle it. You’ll take your designs from idea to inception with the mentorship of our best teachers and active feedback from a real client.

This Boot Camp will give you the chance to work with Fair Trade USA, North America's leading third party certifier of Fair Trade goods. Participants will explore ways to connect businesses with Fair Trade farmers, workers, and other producers of Fair Trade products, and to educate and invite consumers into the Fair Trade community.

Cooper's UX Boot Camp is an intensive design training for designers, developers, and product managers who have some product design experience but want to take their skills and processes to the next level. In short, it’s where people become design leaders. The class is built around hands-on activities, conducted in pairs and small teams. Participants will learn to:

  • Set the stage for effective collaboration
  • Define product and service ecosystems
  • Conduct design research using both lightweight and in-depth techniques
  • Synthesize research data into actionable next steps
  • Model personas and build empathy for their current situation
  • Storyboard future concepts
  • Design a seamless framework for a multi-platform experience (web and mobile)
  • Learn how to go beyond features and design for engagement
  • Facilitate effective design reviews
  • Pitch and present design concepts to stakeholders


Along the way, participants will also learn critical leadership and communication skills. Plus, you’ll help a nonprofit discover new, creative ways that technology can engage students, teachers, and local leaders connected to their organization.

Details and Registration

For more information about Cooper U's teaching philosophy, check out this article on GOOD magazine by Boot Camp creator and lead teacher Kendra Shimmell.

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