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Welcome to UI/UX Fundamentals for Workflow-Based Design

One of FileMaker’s great strengths is how easy it is to get started. It seems like all you have to do to build a custom app is to create a new file and get to work. You can quickly start—and finish—a project in almost no time. And when you’re first starting out, that’s an awesome benefit!

But there comes a point where you want to make something that looks a little more polished. Maybe you see other apps and ask yourself, “How can I build something that looks like that in FileMaker?”

For many people, that time comes when you stop creating apps just for yourself, and start designing for other people—some of whom you may never meet.

The good news is that a lot of the time, you can make “that in FileMaker! But you need to know how to approach the design process and how to think like a designer.

Maybe it’s time to explore something different from your “usual”, and create apps with more style and personality!


  • you could build easy-to-use interfaces that users intuitively understand and trust
  • you could create designs that users actively enjoy engaging with
  • you could increase your creative confidence
  • you could invest the same amount of money, time, and energy into crafting experiences your users will love
  • you could impress your clients with the quality of your work

Well, you CAN improve your design skills and start building better interfaces and user experiences! What you need is to start thinking like a designer—and this course shows you how.

UI/UX Fundamentals for Workflow-Based Design

Are you ready to boost your design skills and creativity,
and start creating awesome user experiences?


Meet Your Instructor, Alexis

I’m a certified FileMaker developer based in Toronto, Canada, the founder of FM Design University, and the president of Hyperspace Data Solutions, Inc. For over 20 years, clients around the world have hired me to create FileMaker apps that work hard—and look great too.

I transform user experiences that are error-prone, draining, and repetitive, into ones that are accurate, energizing, and productive.

I’m excited to share my passion for design with you. I’ll help you learn how you can harness the power of interface design to revolutionize your users’ experience.

Alexis brings both technical know how and a sophisticated aesthetic to UI/UX, to provide a rich and informative class. —Jeffrey London, London Net Studio

Why Workflow-Based Design?

It’s common for FileMaker solutions to be arranged around the tables they contain—such as Customers, Orders, Invoices, etc. Typically, global navigation provides the user access to each table. Clicking into a table reveals two views—a list and a form—and the user toggles between them.

But look at modern apps today, and you’ll often see a very different story. Sometimes there is no global navigation in the traditional sense. Sometimes there is a list view, but no form view, or the “form” is really a modal (card) window.

Interfaces are pared down so that users can focus on a few important tasks at a time. Instead of presenting users with everything and the kitchen sink, they look clean and uncluttered. Yet somehow, they still pack in all the functionality necessary!

That’s because these apps are not designed around the data the system manages, but around the tasks and goals the user is trying to achieve. In other words, their “workflow”.

This provides a much better user experience, as the user isn’t trying to sift through a cluttered interface trying to find the thing they want to do. Instead, they’re flying through their work, focused on the next step, and with the tools they need right under their fingertips.

The UI/UX Fundamentals for Workflow-Based Design course will help you plan and design your solution so you can identify and streamline the user workflows. It will help you determine what’s important to your users and how to present it in a way that supports their goals.

About this course

This 8-week live, online course teaches FileMaker developers how to use and apply UI and UX principles to plan and design an effective custom app.

In this course, you’ll discover the UI/UX secrets that designers use to create outstanding user interfaces and user experiences.

In addition, you’ll:

  • learn workflow-based design methods to craft a UI around your users and their goals, instead of around tables and fields
  • practice creative problem-solving, to increase the quality and quantity of your ideas
  • fast-track your knowledge of the visual design principles that make a great user interface
  • discover how human psychology and cognition impact your design decisions
  • learn a FileMaker scripting method you can use to implement a workflow-based design.

Since taking the course, I look at every FM layout, document, and webpage more critically. I’m also looking very carefully at how I start projects. Instead of diving in, taking the time to analyze the purpose and user in order to make it more welcoming to read and use. This is just scratching the surface! Every week gave me lots of food for thought! —Barbara Daly

What’s included

  • A 90-minute live video conference session once per week with your instructor, Alexis Allen, for 8 weeks.
  • Weekly exercises and assignments.
  • Personalized feedback from your instructor on your assignments.
  • Recordings of each class, allowing you to go back and review concepts on your own schedule.
  • A maximum of 10 students.
  • A completion certificate.


What you will create

In this course, you’ll learn to use and apply the principles of workflow-based design on a sample project. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to start creating your own exceptional custom apps!

Course Curriculum

Week 1: Introduction to Workflow-Based Design

Week 2: Creative Problem-Solving

Week 3: Structure, Navigation, and Information Architecture

Week 4: User Flow

Week 5: Psychology of UX design

Week 6: Visual Design Basics

Week 7: Design Patterns

Week 8: Scripting for Workflow-Based Design

Class Schedule

The class will run for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:00PM Eastern Time, starting on January 27, 2021 to March 17, 2021.

Regular Price
$799 USD
Boost your design skills and creativity with this 8-week live, online course!

Space is limited, so register today!

This course was the perfect mix of fun and informative, I most certainly got a lot from it. I think it would be beneficial to any developer looking for a fresh approach to problem-solving and ways of designing solutions around your client’s workflows.

—Orlando Pellicano


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a refund if I’m unhappy with my purchase?

If you are unsatisfied with your course, reach out to us to see if your purchase is eligible for a refund.

How do I access the class?

Upon purchasing this course, you’ll receive further instructions on how to access the weekly video conference.

How long do I have access to the class recordings?

You have access to the recordings of each class for one year from your date of enrolment, across any devices you own.

Hey! I know that starting a new way of thinking can be daunting

Let me be your guide on your creative journey—even if you think you aren’t creative!
I help developers learn the important aspects of design so that they can deliver better-quality products that deliver exceptional value for clients.

And I firmly believe that everyone has the capacity to improve their abilities and start creating interfaces they never thought possible before!

That’s why I created this course, and I hope you’ll join me.    –Alexis

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