Dev Wise Project overview

The product:

Dev Wise is a fictional online development bootcamp intended to teach people to be front-end developers.

The problem:

Most online bootcamps are complicated and time-consuming to use.

The goal:

Create a simpler and more efficient experience to help busy students spend less time fiddling and more time learning.

Project duration:

May 2022 - June 2022

My Role:

UX Designer


Create wireframes, test prototypes, design final product.

Understanding the User

I conducted a user interview, then created an empathy map to better understand the user’s frustrations. I then created a user journey map to see where I could identify the most important areas for improvement.


Pain Points


Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where you need to go to progress in online courses.


Users had trouble tracking course progress on other platforms.


Many online courses are time consuming.

Persona: Dave

Problem statement:

Dave is a software development student who needs to take an online test without struggle because he wants to pass bootcamp.


User journey map

I created a user journey map to help identify the most important areas for improvement.


Starting the design

I started by laying out initial ideas using Crazy Eights



The most important aspect of the user experience was identified to be the course structure itself.


Digital wireframes

The Course Overview served as a great starting point for wireframes. All screens were mocked up in desktop and mobile versions.


Low-fidelity prototype

Eventually, I worked the wireframes into a functioning digital prototype.


Usability Study

I then conducted a usability study on the lo-fi prototype to get an idea of how to improve the design before moving on to hi-fi.



Study Type:

Unmoderated usability study


5 participants


United States, remote


20-30 minutes


• Test was hard to find.
• Users wanted dark mode.
• Needs a “Resume Course” feature.

Refining the design

Armed with user feedback, I set off to apply that to the design and move into the hi-fi stage.

Desktop - Course Overview


Initially, the Account screen only had a “Go to Course” button. This required users to navigate to where they’d left off manually. In the new version, we added a “Resume Course” button, and moved the “Course Overview” button lower on the page.

Screen Shot 2022-10-14 at 4.50.40 PM

Users expressed the need for a dark mode color scheme. A lot of them are doing classes at night in a dark room.

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Original Screen Size

Because the primary user demographic will access this site on desktop, I started the design for a screen size of 1920x1080px.

Desktop - Home
Desktop - Sign-up

Screen size variations

When designing for a responsive web, it's always important to consider the mobile view as well. Many use cases include students accessing their course from their smartphones.


High-fidelity prototype

Finally, a completed hi-fi prototype!


Accessibility Considerations

High contrast color combinations that conform with WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines were chosen.

Back links included on all relevant pages.

Tab order established early-on and layout conforms to that.