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What if you could learn the systematic process and visual skills of creating beautiful and functional interfaces—even without a design background?

  • Typography
  • Layout Techniques
  • Choosing Colors
  • Design Direction
  • Interface Elements
  • Real World Tactics

80
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lessons

1000
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critique videos

30
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hours of content

2500
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slack community members


This is the most impactful design course I've ever taken. I love the tasks for each lesson. It's all been incredibly worthwhile!

Boma Josia

Boma Josia

Product Designer

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.

Jenny Vogel

Jenny Vogel

Growflow

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

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What's
Inside

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.

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

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11 Lessons  •  3h 14m

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

Tactics

Pro

12 Lessons  •  3h 25m

  • 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
  • Bonus: Figma Variants

Critique Vault

Pro

1000+ reviews

  • Get Started
  • Typography
  • Layout
  • Color
  • Style
  • Imagery
  • Elements
  • Tactics
  • Slack Reviews

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

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


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, 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.


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 Giannattasio

Tom Giannattasio

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


How it
works

Shift Nudge is the system I’ve developed for over 15+ years, 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.

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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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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

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


Right
for me?

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.

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Aspiring/Junior Designers

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.

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Students or Recent Grads

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.

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Developers

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!

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Struggling Designers

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.

📲

UX Designers

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!

🗓

Project Managers

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.


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!

Christian Cardenas

Christian Cardenas

Designer

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

The course is great and very rigorous. A big committment, but it’s worth it!

Caden Damiano

Caden Damiano

Designer


FAQs

What if I don't like it?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Yes. Once you complete your purchase, reply with the details needed and I'll hook you up.

Do you offer purchasing power parity?

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PPP is available during individual enrollment periods. If enrollment is open, apply here.


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

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.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

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. 

Adeboye Olaniyan

Adeboye Olaniyan

Designer


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