Articulating Design Decisions
Live Online Classes

1 hour 15 min classes, $39 $49 per person

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Talking to people about design might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do well. And, in many cases, how you communicate with other designers, stakeholders, clients, or executives is more critical than the designs themselves. Based on my book Articulating Design Decisions, these online classes focus on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for helping you present design to other people.

  • These classes were designed specifically for people who aren't able to attend my workshop in-person or cannot commit to a full day.
  • Each class lasts 1 hour, 15 minutes and is streamed live online with me. It is not pre-recorded. You will be able to ask questions, contribute to the discussion, and participate in exercises.
  • We'll discuss the topic and do exercises together to reinforce the ideas and allow you an opportunity to practice in a low-risk environment.
  • Register for all 3 and get a free digital copy of my book Articulating Design Decisions.

Upcoming classes

FREE digital copy of Articulating Design Decisions when you register for all three!
Developing Stakeholder Empathy

Developing Empathy for Stakeholders

We often learn to develop empathy for the users of our products, but rarely apply the same thinking to the people whose support we need to be successful. We need to develop empathy for our stakeholders, too, if we expect to get the support and buy-in on our projects. Developing stakeholder empathy will enable us to approach them with the right mindset and articulate our design decisions in a way that appeals to their needs.

Upcoming Live Classes

  • Tuesday, April 21st, 8am central (GMT-5)
  • Tuesday, April 21st, 10am central (GMT-5)
  • Tuesday, April 21st, 1pm central (GMT-5)
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Designing Design Meetings

Designing Design Meetings

Our goal with design meetings should be create a focused environment where our stakeholders are more likely to support our decisions. To do this, we have to design our design meetings better by setting the appropriate context, optimizing for memory, removing distractions, anticipating reactions, and bringing in other people who can help.

Upcoming Live Classes

  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 8am central (GMT-5)
  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 10am central (GMT-5)
  • Wednesday, April 22nd, 1pm central (GMT-5)
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Responding to Design Feedback

Responding to Design Feedback

Responding to design feedback requires you to form your words in a way that will yield the best response by staying focused on the goal of the meeting: to get support and agreement to move forward. To accomplish this, we can break down our response into several core parts. This logic flows together and makes it possible for us to present our reasoning in such a way that it will communicate the very best response.

Upcoming Live Classes

  • Thursday, April 23rd, 8am central (GMT-5)
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 10am central (GMT-5)
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 1pm central (GMT-5)
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How it works:

  • Register for as many classes as you like. One person per ticket, please.
  • You'll get an email and calendar invite with information about how to join the class.
  • I'll send you some pre-recorded videos you can watch beforehand to help you prepare.
  • You will need a webcam, microphone, headphones and good internet connection.

Who are these classes for?

Anyone who needs to talk about design! Regardless of your role, everyone needs to be better at articulating design decisions. While most attendees are usually designers, I've had many developers, content strategists, product owners, researchers, and business leaders attend. The content, strategies, and exercises easily cross roles.

Senior designers too?

Yep! It's common for senior designers to say they don't need this. Those same people also tell me how much they learned afterward! Even if you have experience, how often are you applying deliberate effort to improve in this area? You may be a black belt, but every time you step on the mat you have to be practiced and ready.


Can more than one person join with a single ticket?
No, I'd rather you buy individual tickets for each person. I can't stop you, obviously, but this is my personal income. The prices are pretty inexpensive compared to most other online learning courses.
Is it refundable?
Yes and maybe. If you can't attend, sure. Send me a message beforehand and I'll give you a full refund.
If you attend and decide you don't like it, let's talk. I'll give you a refund if you think it wasn't valuable, but I'd like to understand so that I can make it better for everyone. If you're not sure, you might read the book, watch my talks, or try a single class first.
Is this the same as your in-person workshop?
Much of the content is the same, but the activities and level of interaction is limited by the online format. It's all the same principles, tactics, and ideas from my book. If you've already done the in-person workshop, these classes are probably not as valuable except to reinforce what you've already learned. If you've done these online classes, the in-person workshop still provides a lot of value because it has additional interactive exercises and group activities that I can't do online. The in-person workshop also has more content than I'm able to offer online.
Can I get the slides afterward?
Yes, I'm happy to share the slides afterward. I usually email them to all attendees, but remind me if I forget.

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FREE digital copy of Articulating Design Decisions when you register for all three!

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