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Have you ever wondered what makes a good design, what a Product Designer does, or what Figma is all about? Now is your chance to discover it all in our Design Course.

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Why learn about Product Design?

Product Designers come from all walks of life and anyone can learn to be one! At Cinnamon we encourage you to take the first step into the world of Product Design as it just might be the path for you.

Not only is Product Design a highly sought after skill, it’s an ever-changing field that offers many different opportunities.

What are the details?

  • WHERE? Our office in Cinnamon, Slavonska avenija 6a
  • WHEN? Every Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 PM.
  • WHO? 10 participants with motivation and affinity for Product Design

Timeline

30/09

09/30/2022

Applications Alert
What are you waiting for? Last chance to apply via the Contact form.

07/10

10/07/2022

The participants
Great job! Meet the selected candidates. Hopefully, you’re one of them.

18/10

10/18/2022

Introduction class
Welcome to our office in Slavonska avenija 6A. Pleased to meet you.

20/10

10/20/2022

Start date
The fun starts now. Sharpen your grey cells and let’s roll it.

13/12

12/13/2022

Last lecture
Our mission has come to an end. Let’s wrap it up, future colleague.

19/01

01/19/2023

Closing ceremony
Congratulations! You’re a certified designer. You’re welcome!

30/09

09/30/2022

Applications Alert
What are you waiting for? Last chance to apply via the Contact form.

07/10

10/07/2022

The participants
Great job! Meet the selected candidates. Hopefully, you’re one of them.

18/10

10/18/2022

Introduction class
Welcome to our office in Slavonska avenija 6A. Pleased to meet you.

20/10

10/20/2022

Start date
The fun starts now. Sharpen your grey cells and let’s roll it.

13/12

12/13/2022

Last lecture
Our mission has come to an end. Let’s wrap it up, future colleague.

19/01

01/19/2023

Closing ceremony
Congratulations! You’re a certified designer. You’re welcome!

Take away

Project

You’ll be working on an app with a specific goal and user in mind. Just like a real product!

Homework

Practice makes perfect — after each lesson we’ll give you a task to complete at home.

Mentorship

You will learn from Senior Product Designers who are ready to answer any questions you have.

Perks

You’ll get a sense of working in a tight-knit design team. Once you get your diploma, there’s always a shot at joining us!
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Testimonials

“Incredible! Our project is interesting, our mentors are kind, competent, and helpful. We learned a lot in this course, and I learned productivity techniques. The office atmosphere is also great. “

Filip Pavić
Student

“Cinnamon’s experience and people are great.
Our mentors helped us with assignments. So far, I’ve learned a lot, which encourages me to keep learning after college. “

Iva Papac
Student

“It was really fun. People are great and welcoming. They are really fun to talk to, and they will answer any question you have. The office is beautiful, and the atmosphere is really chill. “

Ivana Ursa
Student

“Cinnamon team has been great so far, I can already see myself getting better throughout this course, and the environment has been nothing but supportive”

Marko Matek
Student

Meet the mentors

You are in luck, we assigned only top mentors for you!

All of the tutors have been in the product design
sphere for ages, and not only do they know the ins
and outs of the latest design trends and industry
standards, but they are also awesome at passing on
the knowledge to juniors.

Mislav Žokalj

Head of Design linkedin profile

Dino Adanić

Product Designer linkedin profile

Marina Jezidžić

Product Designer linkedin profile

Curriculum

Introduction
Week 01

Welcome, participants! In the first week, you’ll be introduced to Cinnamon as a company, you’ll meet the mentors, learn about the tools, design process, your task and get a grip on a course overview, curriculum, and classes. We’re just warming up!

Research & Other UX Design Methods & Processes
Week 01

After you’re all set, we move on to the first step of every project – research. You’ll find out why research is so relevant and why you need to dive into the market, competitors, and users who will be using the application. We’ll go through methods, processes, and elements of research.

Wireframes
Week 03

What are wireframes? Your second lesson would be about low-fidelity wireframes, but you’ll find out all there is to know about wireframes in general and the way you can digitally create them. This build up is accompanied by an introduction to testing, usability testing, techniques, and methods.

You’ll slowly become aware of the difference between low and high fidelity, why, when, and which one to use. We’ll connect the dots with the rapid/paper prototype that we’ve already done and repeat.

Introduction to Figma
Week 04

You heard about Figma, right? In week 4, you’ll get familiar with Figma, compare it to other design tools, learn the basics of Figma interface and features, such as colors, typography, linking shapes together, photos (your first task), and masking (your second task). This is a perfect moment to pick up UI components, navigation, and more.

Prototyping and Testing
Week 05

Week 5 is about getting a grasp on usability testing, the curve when, and why we use which type of prototype. Equipment, logistics, test preparation, A/B testing, interviews, usability testing, heat map, test task definition, test analysis are the terms you’ll master by the end of this week.

User Interface Design
Week 07

What is a moodboard, why at this stage, and what is its importance?

You’d be shown examples, explained the difference between a moodboard and a styleguide. We’ll switch to the styleguide, branding of the app, and what is branding in general. In this UI phase, you’ll combine the tested and verified high-fidelity wireframes with moodboard, styleguide and branding into the final design.

Introduction to Animations & Project Handoff
Week 09

In week 9, you’ll become acquainted with a bunch of new stuff: animations, micro-interactions, status, feedback, transitions, device and platform rules, continuity, subtlety, benefits, psychology, indicators, file hygiene, cleaning, iterations, screen states, components, export, handoff, checklist.

Other Aspects of Product Design
Week 10

We’ll share other aspects of the UX, talk about different roles, experiences, working in a team, within an agency, in-house, freelancing. Your mentors will share a few life hacks about how to create a good portfolio, prepare for interviews…

Week 10 is a good time for any questions. We plan to take a closer look at the work done by now and patch up all that needs patching up. And instruct you regarding the presentation of the final assignment.

Student Project Presentations & Closing Ceremony
Jan 2023

Finally, you summarized what you have learned and showcased it to the rest of your colleagues and mentors. The closing ceremony of the Cinnamon Design Course is the final step in the way. Congratulations, you made it!

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NOTE: Applications without CV and motivation letter will not be considered.

FAQ

Is there a possibility to skip a class or two for some reason?

Attendance is mandatory, but each participant has the right not to attend twice. If the participant misses the course more than twice, he will not be able to complete the course.

How often can I consult with a mentor outside of the course?

Consultations will be once a week, on Thursdays from 3-5pm. For consultations, it is necessary to make an appointment a week before, so that the mentors can organize the time and space for the consultation.

How much time will my homework take, and are they mandatory?

Depending on the week and curriculum, there might be between 4 and 10 hours of homework per week. The homework is mandatory since its materials would be used on all following classes.

What softwares will be used during the course?

The primary communication software will be Slack, while for the design we’ll be using Balsamiq and Figma. All aforementioned apps are available on both MacOS and Windows.

Do I need any previous experience with design?

You don’t have to be design professionals, but having any prior experience or knowledge is helpful to keep track of the course.

Do I need to use my own computer?

Nope, you will be given a MacBook Pro which you can use for the duration of the course. If you prefer to use your own computer, feel free to do so.

For additional questions please reach out to us via mail. Contact Us

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