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Shift Nudge

Shift Nudge is a new online course that teaches the intricate skills of designing visually beautiful interfaces, while balancing functionality and accessibility.

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Taught by MDS


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The level of detail, expertise, theory, and genuine craftsmanship that has gone into this course is incredible. It's well worth the investment and more. Matt's knowledge and production value are amazing—I'm so glad I joined!

Diamond Alexander

Diamond Alexander

Advice Pay

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.

Stephen Asonye

Stephen Asonye

Order My Gear

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 most actionable resource in design I’ve ever taken.

Ramon Gilabert

Ramon Gilabert

Microsoft

I would’ve paid 4x more for this course—Matt is an incredible teacher! This was exactly what I needed to take my designs to the next level.

Jenny Vogel

Jenny Vogel

Growflow
About the Course

Shift Nudge is the systematic process to learn the visual skills of interface design, even if you don't have a design background, even if you're not an expert, even if you have no idea where to start.

84

lessons

30
+

hours of video

600
+

design critiques


Shift Nudge

This course is absolutely jam-packed with all the best information for creating great visual design for interfaces. It's everything good about art school without the fluff and tailored specifically for digital interfaces.

👇 Tap any module to expand the syllabus.

Start

Core

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

Typography

Core

11 Lessons  •  4h 32m

  • Font Size
  • Font Weight
  • Hierarchy
  • Titles & Body
  • Callouts
  • Truncation
  • Text Style Definitions
  • Interactive Text
  • Combining Text & Element
  • Start With System Fonts
  • Using Alternate Fonts

Layout

Core

10 Lessons  •  4h 47m

  • The Box Model
  • Grids & Containers
  • Implicit Grid
  • Negative Space
  • Alignment
  • Optics vs. Math
  • High & Low Density
  • Scale, Weight, & Hierarchy
  • Affordance
  • Interactive Layouts

Color

Core

10 Lessons  •  5h 25m

  • Color Picking Methods
  • Contrast & Accessibility
  • Structural vs. Interactive
  • First, Second, Third
  • Strategic Definitions
  • Amount & Modification
  • Gradients
  • Nifty Shades of Grey
  • White & Almost White
  • Secrets of Dark UI

Style

Pro

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

Imagery

Pro

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

Elements

Pro

11 Lessons  •  3h 14m

  • Introduction
  • Navigation
  • User Input
  • Forms
  • Profile
  • Settings
  • Lists & Cards
  • Detail Screens
  • Sorting & Filtering
  • Modals
  • Tables
  • Design Systems

Tactics

Pro

11 Lessons  •  3h 09m

  • No-stress Experiments
  • Low-Fidelity Designs
  • Mobile-First Responsive
  • iOS Design
  • Material Design
  • Design Doc Organization
  • Leading Design Reviews
  • Prototyping
  • Developer Handoff
  • Pricing & Getting Work

Critique Vault

Pro

Over 600+ design reviews

  • Get Started
  • Typography
  • Layout
  • Color
  • Style
  • Imagery
  • Elements
  • Tactics
Course Walkthrough

This is the most impactful design course I’ve ever taken. I especially love the tasks for each lesson and personal feedback from MDS. It’s all been incredibly worthwhile!

Boma Josia

Boma Josia

Product Designer

I'm in love with your course and the way you explain things. Thanks again!

Kakau Fonseca

Kakau Fonseca

Nubank

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.

Brad Frost

Brad Frost

Atomic Design

Blown away by your level of feedback... Definitely getting my value out of this class!

Michelle Lu

Michelle Lu

Viralspace.ai

Hey, I'm Matt

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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 at UGA, 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.


As someone who loves typography but doesn’t have a design background this has been the art school experience I’ve always wanted... I love it!

Charlsy Yang

Charlsy Yang

Student

Matt helped identify areas where I could improve to take my designs to the next level. This was definitely a good investment for my career!

Tiffany C Yu

Tiffany C Yu

Outline

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!

Jenelle Miller

Jenelle Miller

UI/UX Designer

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.

Jonah Stefanovic

Jonah Stefanovic

Product Designer

How it works

Shift Nudge is the system I’ve personally used for over 15+ years, for clients big and small, across dozens of industries, and now hundreds of paying customers have 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 hundreds 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.

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2 – Begin

Go through linearly from start to finish or find the most interesting topics relevant to you right now.

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3 – Absorb

Watch the videos, read the content, and do the homework. Watch previous design critiques in the vault.

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4 – Share

Share your designs and ask for feedback from the Shift Nudge Slack community.

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5 – Pace

There’s no time limit, or schedule to follow. Go through as fast or slow as you’d like.

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6 – Repeat

You have unlimited access. Revisit topics anytime as you encounter new challenges.

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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.

Tom Gianattasio

Tom Gianattasio

Clover

The course content is so thoughtfully put together and so well-taught. Premium, timeless, the best course I've ever taken.

Chibuzor

Chibuzor

Product Designer

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.

Jack Winchester

Jack Winchester

Designer

Really grateful for the course you’ve put together. I’ve learned a lot from the lessons and really enjoyed them. Thank you!

Hasan Ansari

Hasan Ansari

Designer

I really appreciate that I always have access to the course and can pick it up anytime. The video critiques have been 🔥, in addition to my own I watch the ones you’ve done for others and am learning a lot.

Christine Yeh

Christine Yeh

Intercom

This course has been so additive to my design practice, and the results can be seen in my professional work.

Yehezkel Lipinsky

Yehezkel Lipinsky

Deloitte Digital

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.

Yassine Bakiri

Yassine Bakiri

Designer

The only design course you will ever need to take! Practical knowledge and real world examples from one of the industry's leaders. All you need to get started or to take your design skills to a new level.

Yannik Sprengart

Yannik Sprengart

Student

FAQs

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.

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 your "quick-tip-Instagram-carousel" type of design tutorial, it's in-depth and intensive.

Is there a way I can talk to MDS for a minute if I get stuck?

Yes, you can absolutely chat with me AND to other designers in the community. After you join Shift Nudge Pro, you'll gain access to the exclusive Slack channel where you can reach out for answers, feedback, and support when you need it.

I don't want this to become yet another thing on my to-do list...

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, there are also lots of lessons and case studies showing the use of Sketch, Framer, Adobe XD, and Invision Studio. You are encouraged to use any tool you'd like!

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 & Certifications section of LinkedIn. You'll also receive a certificate of completion via PDF with your name and shiny new accolade.

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 for you 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 a methodical design process.

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!

Dash

Dash

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.

Ben

Ben

Recent Grad

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!

Anipier Bérubé

Anipier Bérubé

ENDVR.IO

Matt is without a doubt one of the best minds working in Product Design. He's one of my most respected colleagues. Flat out, he knows his stuff. He's been teaching for years. I've seen him teach live and online and he's just damn good at it. Recommend this to your students or anyone wanting to enter or advance in the field.

Brad Weaver

Brad Weaver

The Banner Years

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    Matt's friendly presentation style made design approachable and easy to understand. He provides a lot of helpful examples in every lesson and the homework assignments are challenging and highly applicable.

    Brandon Pittman

    Brandon Pittman

    Developer

    The course has been absolutely fantastic. I’m definitely learning something valuable.

    Bryan Joel

    Bryan Joel

    UI8

    It’s such a gift to be part of Shift Nudge and to have Matt as a leader in the community.

    Kris Puckett

    Kris Puckett

    Knapsack

    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!

    Shalaka Mulherkar

    Shalaka Mulherkar

    Designer