Grading for APS: Aesthetics, Polish, and Substance/Storytelling
The goal of this course is to teach you to create a UX/product design case study for your portfolio, which is the first step to getting a UX/product design job. When you're applying for jobs, employers are looking for the following in your case study:
To encourage you to make the best possible case study that can earn you a good job, APS will be part of every assignment's grade.
Note that you do not need to be an exceptional artist to get full credit for APS; just make your designs match the aesthetics of your chosen app and have it look like you spent genuine effort on your assignment. The staff can easily tell when something has been put together last-minute and will take APS points off.
Here's a good test for APS: If we showed your assignment to all your classmates, would the majority of them agree that it looks good enough to present to employers? Or would they think that you did a sloppy job?
Remember, your assignment doesn't need to look perfect; but it needs to be good enough so that employers will take it seriously.
Here are other specific things to be aware of: