Shift Nudge is the systematic process to learn the visual skills of interface design, even if you don't have a design background. Perfect for those wanting to enter or advance in the field.
- ✓Layout Techniques
- ✓Choosing Colors
- ✓Design Direction
- ✓Interface Elements
- ✓Real World Tactics
I often refer young and aspiring designers to Shift Nudge as it has the foundation you need to kickstart a career or fine-tune the craft of product design. MDS has put together the most valuable program you can find out there.
Director of User Experience • EA
This is the most impactful design course I've ever taken. I love the tasks for each lesson. It's all been incredibly worthwhile!
I would've paid 4x more for this course—Matt is an incredible teacher! Exactly what I needed to take my designs to the next level.
Not gonna lie... this is the best design course I've ever taken. Shift Nudge has fundamentally changed the way I design for the web.
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This course is absolutely jam-packed with all the best information for creating great visual design for interfaces. No fluff, just practical content tailored specifically for interfaces.
10 Lessons • 1h 17m
- Welcome to the Course
- How Everything Works
- Pro-Designer Mindset
- Choosing Design Software
- UX vs. UI
- Design Process Overview
- Using Reference Material
- Quick Keys Fast Workflow
- Organizing Design Projects
- Figma Organization
11 Lessons • 4h 32m
- Font Size
- Font Weight
- Titles & Body
- Text Style Definitions
- Interactive Text
- Combining Text & Element
- Start With System Fonts
- Using Alternate Fonts
10 Lessons • 4h 47m
- The Box Model
- Grids & Containers
- Implicit Grid
- Negative Space
- Optics vs. Math
- High & Low Density
- Scale, Weight, & Hierarchy
- Interactive Layouts
10 Lessons • 5h 25m
- Color Picking Methods
- Contrast & Accessibility
- Structural vs. Interactive
- First, Second, Third
- Strategic Definitions
- Amount & Modification
- Nifty Shades of Grey
- White & Almost White
- Secrets of Dark UI
10 Lessons • 5h 06m
- Design Direction
- Subtlety is Key
- Corner Radius
- Borders & Dividers
- Depth, Lighting and Shadow
- Opacity & Blur
- Deconstructing Styles
- Button Styles
- Marketing Site Style
- Form vs. Function
11 Lessons • 3h 08m
- Imagery Overview
- Static Images
- To Rasterize or Not
- Dynamic Images
- Blend Modes
- Photo Manipulation
- Resourceful Assets
- Creating Icons
- Using Icons
- Simple Illustrations
- App Icons
11 Lessons • 3h 14m
- User Input
- Lists & Cards
- Detail Screens
- Sorting & Filtering
- Design Systems
12 Lessons • 3h 25m
- No-stress Experiments
- Low-Fidelity Designs
- Mobile-First Responsive
- iOS Design
- Material Design
- Design Doc Organization
- Leading Design Reviews
- Developer Handoff
- Pricing & Getting Work
- Bonus: Figma Variants
- Get Started
- Slack Reviews
The amount of people at Figma (and not just with designer in their title) enrolled in Shift Nudge makes me so happy. Particularly the idea that people can develop and cultivate skills together rather than alone. Doing things in groups is motivating!
VP Product Design • Figma
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt on client work and he’s a very very very good designer. His course will undoubtedly help you become a better designer.
Shift Nudge is one of the best UI courses I've taken. Matt does a great job explaining design concepts and I especially like that all lessons have real world practical examples. Also, the added homework assignments really help to reinforce my learning. Strongly recommend!
I’ve learned more from this course in one week than a full year of being self-taught! Very glad I made the decision to join.
I earned my BFA in Graphic Design from UGA in 2005 and have specialized in interface design ever since.
I’ve led projects around the world, served as an adjunct design professor, guest lectured at Harvard, and taught workshops at conferences all over the US. Now, I’m going to teach everything I know about the visual-side of designing great looking interfaces.
I’ve done Shift Nudge and couldn’t recommend it enough! You can go at your own pace, plus seeing other people’s work and getting nitpicky feedback from peers is great. If you’re looking to expand your UI skills, do it!
Sr. Product Designer • Etsy
Matt is a rarity. Not only is he one of the most talented designers in the game, he also has an incredible knack for teaching and inspiring others.
The course content is so thoughtfully put together and so well-taught. Premium, timeless, the best course I've ever taken.
Loving the course content, btw. It’s greatly increased my confidence in my abilities. So many things I have taken away from this course! It's safe to say the amount of value I have obtained from this has been immense.
Shift Nudge is the system I’ve developed over the last two decades, for clients big and small, across dozens of industries, and now thousands of paying customers have it too. It covers the entire design process for creating beautiful interfaces.
- ✓How to master typography, layout and color specifically for mobile and desktop interfaces.
- ✓Start off slowly and choose topics you’re interested in or go through every single lesson in detail. I’ve helped thousands of people do both.
- ✓How to approach your designs with a trusted system so you never have to get stuck again.
1 – Access
Gain access to every lesson inside of Notion, all at once. No waiting around for content to slowly drip out.
2 – Begin
Go through linearly from start to finish or find the most interesting topics relevant to you right now.
3 – Absorb
Watch the videos, read the content, and do the homework. Watch previous design critiques in the vault.
4 – Share
Share your designs and ask for feedback from the Shift Nudge Slack community.
5 – Pace
There’s no time limit, or schedule to follow. Go through as fast or slow as you’d like.
6 – Repeat
You have unlimited access. Revisit topics anytime as you encounter new challenges.
The course is brilliant. You'll learn a ton whether you're a new designer or a seasoned vet. Matt has a way with communicating and teaching complicated concepts like few can. Can't recommend it enough!
Design Manager • Mercury
I've approached your course with a pinch of salt at the beginning, dreading that it would be scratching the surface like lots of online courses that I've found in the past. And I'm so glad I was wrong! No regrets, money well invested.
If you want to learn good design while preparing your landscape to get you on the right track to a rewarding career, look no further. This project is undoubtedly a work of love. Highly recommend!
Founder @ UI8
The best course I have ever bought! It helped me land my first job after graduating and it’s been a reference I use almost everyday. I can say your quality and quantity is the highest bar.
This course is right for anyone who wants to advance their craft of creating beautiful interfaces, whether you're just starting out, or want to take your skills to the next level.
You’ve made a little progress, but are now ready to fast track your interface design skills. This will give you a roadmap to becoming a pro.
You've learned the basics, but not how to directly apply everything to interfaces. This is the situation I found myself in 15+ years ago.
You’re right at home making things work on the screen and now want to make designs as beautiful as your code. I got you, this is it!
You feel stuck and aren’t making much progress as you'd like. You’re ready to take things to the next level. Shift Nudge is your new secret weapon.
You live and breathe user flows, content maps, and wireframes, but now you want to sharpen your visual skills to conquer the world. This is for you!
You’ve been itching to jump into the creative track, but might not have found the best place to start. This course will give you just what you need to make the transition.
Just signed up for Shift Nudge—I'm so excited to take on a UI-focused course. Learning never stops no matter how much experience you have.
System Designer • Github
Absolutely love your course, it's been helping me a ton as I work on client projects and implementing every new thing I learn onto each project!
Just wanted to tell you how happy I am that i found your class. It’s short, clean, clear, and organized. Thank you so much!
The course is great and very rigorous. A big committment, but it’s worth it!
What if I don't like it?
The last thing I want is for you to be stuck with something you don't like. You've got 30 days to try the whole course and if it's not for you, get your money back. Easy!
However—and this is important—only join if you intend to do the work. This course is not simply to consume information. It’s designed for you to take action and see results.
Is there a way I can talk to someone if I get stuck?
As a Pro member, you'll have access to the exclusive Slack channel where you can reach out for answers, feedback, and support when you need it. There are always people willing to help each other out in this vibrant community.
What if I don't have a design background?
It will be more challenging if you have no design experience at all, but the lessons are created in a way that any one can benefit. Not a problem!
How is this different from other courses on the market?
The main difference is I (MDS) am the one teaching it. I've lived and breathed everything I'm teaching for a very long time. This is not a surface-level type of design tutorial, it's in-depth and intensive.
Another thing on my todo list waiting to be done?
Shift Nudge isn't just a big brain dump of design tactics. It's a complete, efficient SYSTEM for going from nothing to a working, professional interface designer. You can make progress by watching one lesson per day in just 15-30 minutes. Don’t focus on the worst that could happen—focus on the best that could happen once you use the material.
What if I fall behind?
Shift Nudge includes lifetime access so you can take a break from the material whenever you'd like. If you're out of town, on vacation, or just swamped for a few days. Pause and resume whenever you need to. There's no way to get "behind" because you get to choose your own pace.
What if I don't live in the United States?
People all over the world have used the course and found success. Shift Nudge teaches timeless principles that span across design tools, age, gender, race, and location.
How much time does it take to do this course per week?
5-10 hours per week. The more time you put in, the faster you’ll see results. 5 hours is my recommendation, but because Shift Nudge comes with lifetime access, you can go faster or slower if you want.
What design tool is used for the lessons?
Shift Nudge was created to be highly useful without the need for using any specific design tool. While the majority of the live designs are created with Figma. You are encouraged to use any tool you'd like, but if you haven't decided on one, we definitely recommend Figma.
Does this cover apps or websites or both?
There is a really large variety of content for both responsive websites and mobile apps. Shift Nudge focuses primarily on interface design for applications and less so on big marketing sites. However, there are tons of key principles that can apply to both product and marketing design.
What is the countdown timer for?
That’s when enrollment closes. This makes it way easier to manage workload for customer support, easier to support new students getting started and going through the course. Also, encourages cohort waves so more students are on the same page, which makes learning in tandem with others more fun and engaging. This also allows me to be more involved with each enrollment cohort.
Is there any kind of certificate of completion?
There is! Once you complete the course you can add a Certificate of Interface Design in the Licenses and Certifications section of LinkedIn. You'll also receive a certificate of completion via PDF with your name and shiny new accolade.
Do you offer any student discounts?
There are no student discounts for this course. This is pro-level curriculum that you won’t find at universities AND it costs a tiny fraction of a university tuition. Considering that, the course is already heavily discounted.
I'd like to join, but need more time. Is that possible?
If you have a special situation that requires slightly more time to recieve approval or gather funds than the enrollment period allows, please send a message during the enrollment to become eliglible for a 14-day extension.
Is there any free trial?
Sorry, there is no free trial. The testimonials from previous students say more about the course than I ever could. If you decide to try it and don't like it there's a 100% money-back guarantee. No risk!
Are the payments monthly?
Yes. There are six (6) monthly payments, unless you choose to pay in full with the one-time payment. After the first payment you have access to everything, but there will be 5 remaining payments—one payment per month for five (5) additional payments after joining.
Can I get an invoice with company details?
Yes. Once you complete your purchase, reply with the details needed and we'll hook you up.
This will NOT work if...
- If you're not interested in learning interface design inside and out.
- You’re looking for a magic bullet without putting in the challenging work of understanding the principles to fully execute visually beautiful work from start to finish.
- You’ve never done any type of design and expect to be a top-level expert by the end of the course. This course will point you in the direction not take you to your absolute final destination.
- You’re simply looking for motivation or inspiration. You need to be after results and be willing to put in the hardwork.
- You’re unemployed and don't have enough savings to invest in the course. Please don't expect this to be a saving grace if you don’t already have the means to join.
This WILL work if...
- You’re ready to invest in yourself to learn a systematic process to make your interface designs look amazing.
- You’re patient, deliberate, and methodical. You’re committed to spending the time to build a successful skill set you can use in all of your new design projects.
- You're ready to have a reliable framework and approach for your visual design process.
- You’re looking for a full system instead of an overwhelming amount of random tactics.
- You have access to a computer and have internet connection.
- You're ready to look behind the curtains at a solid methodical design process.
I've taken many courses—recently a masters in interaction design—and I've read every book, but your course is by far the most comprehensive, well explained, well structured, and the most actionable resource in design I've ever taken.
Product Designer • Microsoft
Before I was trying to learn UI Design by myself without any guidance, but now I'm so glad I found this structured course to pave the way. I'm gaining confidence with every exercise. Thank you MDS!
There is no one more qualified, methodical in their approach, or a better teacher I can think of for a course like this. This is what you've been waiting for to get a leg up in your design practice.
Fathom & Draft
Thank you for creating this course! It has really helped me improve my skills and I go back to it time and time again to fill the gaps in my design knowledge.
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