In the words of Gymnasium instructor Brad Frost, design systems are “the official story of how an organization designs and builds products.” They serve as living libraries of essential coding and design elements, from standards and guidelines to patterns, with the aim of simplifying and streamlining the ever-complex product creation and adoption process.

By outlining a consistent, overarching design system, those involved in the design and development find themselves producing higher quality work with less time and effort wasted. …


You’ve likely heard of Blue Beanie Day, the annual worldwide celebration of web standards and accessibility on November 30th, but have you ever thought that one day just isn’t long enough?

In December, Gymnasium extended Blue Beanie Day into Blue Beanie Month, serving up an assortment of accessibility-focused content each day throughout social media. Gymnasium’s free courses and tutorials empower designers and developers alike to build accessible and inclusive experiences.

Take the first step and learn the fundamentals.

Gymnasium shared a two-part tutorial featuring Michael Vano of DEV6 and Jeremy Osborn, Gymnasium’s Academic Director, who demonstrate techniques for checking and…


The American Staffing Association has honored Aquent Gymnasium with a 2020 Elevate Award. This is Gymnasium’s second win for its forward-thinking work-based learning programs.

With the support of Aquent, one of the world’s leading creative staffing agencies, Gymnasium provides practical training that’s accessible to everyone and bridges the gap between education and opportunity.

Gymnasium’s free, streamable courses cover topics such as web design and development, user experience, accessibility, career skills, prototyping, and content creation. These courses, informed by client and industry data, are developed by experts in the web community to equip students with in-demand skills.

Course projects make an…


A hard-to-see low contrast button next to an easy-to-see high contrast button to give context.

Have you ever spent hours tweaking the color palette of a design for a set of tints and shades that looked “just right”? Even if your goal is to make the user experience as visually pleasant as possible, you may be alienating a portion of your audience by prioritizing aesthetics over accessibility. While color choices are often in the client’s control and based on long-established brand identities and personal preferences, designers need to understand the guidelines for using proper color contrast in the context of accessibility. …


Deconstructing a Decade of Responsive Web Design
Responsive illustration ©Kevin Cornell/A List Apart.

Since its initial introduction in 1991, the World Wide Web has transformed from a desktop-only experience to one accessible via dozens of devices. As different screen sizes and situations emerged over the years, from one-handed use to voice interaction, web designers had to find a way to adapt to the change.

Enter responsive web design. The term and technique, coined by Ethan Marcotte in 2010, proposes designing for screens using a flexible foundation that is “meant to be viewed along a gradient of different experiences.”

To commemorate a decade of responsive web design, Ethan Marcotte joined Aquent Gymnasium Academic Director…


Due to COVID-19, working remotely has become an unexpected reality for people all over the world. Though the pandemic will pass, the growing remote work trend has the potential to become a permanent fixture for many.

Whether you’ve always worked from home or are just now making the transition, this new normal presents unique challenges for all of us — from communication to transparency. Gymnasium’s latest webinar, featuring Richard Banfield of InVision and Darren Buckner of Workfrom, outlines four strategies that you and your team can use to make the most out of working remotely.

1. Build Trust

With everyone…


Modified image based on original photograph from UX Result

Designers from all over the U.S. recently came together to compete in UX Result, the first-ever UXDC Design Hackathon. In small teams, participants spent a day collaborating to create and present a solution to one of many challenges presented by partnering organizations.

The winners of the Aquent challenge, Lindsay Westcott and Sasha Kryvenka, utilized their UX expertise to redesign the Gymnasium website in a matter of hours. They spoke with us about the importance of presentation skills, their transition into UX, and how future hackathon participants can find similar success.

Creating a Winning Presentation

The ability to effectively pitch and…


Whether you’re a newly-minted designer or a seasoned professional, it’s never too late to sharpen your storytelling skills. The ability to tell a compelling story can benefit designers in all facets of their career, from landing that first gig to producing game-changing work. Read on to learn why storytelling is one of the most important tools you can have in your design arsenal — and how to put it into practice.

Create a Better User Experience

Intuitive UX is the cornerstone of successful design, but it’s not easy to accurately anticipate and blueprint your user’s journey. Through storytelling, you can…


Quality creative candidates can be hard to find and even harder to recruit. As a hiring manager, it’s up to you to identify and engage the best of the best. Though attracting and retaining top talent poses a challenge for many organizations, you can get ahead by mastering the art of the job interview.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

There are two main types of questions that interviewers rely on:

  • Competency-based interview questions, which can be used to assess the candidate’s current skill set.
  • Strength-based interview questions, which help to highlight the candidate’s preferences and natural aptitudes.

In sum, competency-based questions…


The language of design can be puzzling for rookies and pros alike. Wireframing and prototyping are two terms in particular that are commonly confused, though the two have distinctly different roles in the production process. Missing these key steps can result in an unfinished product with a less cohesive user experience. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand the distinction between wireframing and prototyping and ensure that each has a place in your project.

Start out with a Wireframe

Although wireframes span a range of fidelity, they tend to be on the lower end. This means they’re rough drafts that typically leave…

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