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The premier all-in-one UX design course 
for FileMaker developers

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Learn to confidently create effective and usable apps—
even if you’re a UX design novice

Increase your value as a developer

A developer who can both develop and produce good UX design is a valuable asset to any client

Make your clients more money

Engaging UX design can help clients generate more value in their businesses, and get a faster ROI using apps you made

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Skip the trial and error

Get the expert guidance you need to get your app built right the first time, minus all the guesswork

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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, Data Ops

Unlock the power of UX design in your FileMaker apps

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Say goodbye to app design frustration

  • Want to create intuitive and engaging apps while accommodating different user and data requirements?
  • Wondering if you can design usable, modern apps using only FileMaker-native design tools? 
  • Trying to find the right design for the needs of your user base?
  • Tired of struggling to make your layouts both work and look good at the same time?
  • Wish you could create an app that looks like it came from the App Store?

The UX Design Workshop can help...

It’s the premier all-in-one UX design course
for FileMaker developers

Discover how to balance functionality and user experience

If you’re like most FileMaker developers creating apps, you’re laser-focused on building features and making them work from a technical perspective. 

But you may be completely ignoring the design and user experience side of things. Or, you might figure that you’ll do it at the end, when it comes time to put it all together.

In my opinion, that’s a big mistake—especially if your goal is to build good-looking, modern apps.

While functionality is obviously very important, you also need to think carefully about designing the user experience

But how do you do that, exactly? Contrary to popular belief, design is not something you can do at the end of your project, after you’ve already built everything.

You need to keep UX design in mind right from the very start.

And the easiest way to do that is to have a design process you can follow.

The UX Design Workshop is a UX design course that teaches you the Workflow Design Framework. It’s a set of repeatable steps you can use over and over again to take the pain out of making design decisions—no matter what kind of app you’re building, or who the users will be.

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

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5 Steps to Amazing UX: The Workflow Design Framework

Most developers start here

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But design really starts here

5 Steps to Amazing UX:
The Workflow Design Framework

Design starts here...

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Define
Research
Visualize
Build
Test

The Workflow Design Framework is the design process I use to create amazing app designs that my clients love and get tremendous value from. 

Following this method ensures that I:

  • Have a productive and efficient way to collect and organize all the information I’m given at the start of a project, so that I don’t lose track or forget important details
  • Am able to communicate clearly with my client about what’s included in the final product, increasing our shared understanding of their needs
  • Can progressively reduce the amount of uncertainty as the project goes on, so I can reliably estimate the scope of work remaining at any given time

The UX Design Workshop is a UX design course that walks you through the first three (and most important) steps of the 5-Step Workflow Design Framework, since these are the parts of the UX design process that are least familiar to most developers.

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The solid focus on user stories and acceptance criteria deepened my appreciation of the benefits from careful design planning. While we had always paid attention to this area, Alexis raised our understanding and skills to a new level. This leads to better results for clients from the outset.

—JOHN MATHEWSON, KYO LOGIC

Learning about design from Alexis changed the way I ask questions during projects. How the user experiences the system is now as important as every other technical decision. I now strive to make the apps I build to be as easy to learn as a game on your phone.

—SALVATORE COLANGELO, GOYA

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Why I created the UX Design Workshop

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I created this UX design course for FileMaker developers because I want as many people as possible to benefit from the power of good design.

And I believe that everyone has the ability to improve their design skills.

Hi, I'm Alexis Allen. I’m a FileMaker developer and designer from Toronto, Ontario. 

I have over 25 years of experience creating FileMaker apps for a wide variety of clients (since version 3, in fact).

I’ve also taught and delivered presentations on UI/UX design at many FileMaker conferences around the world, including the most recent Claris Engage in Austin, Texas.

Oh, and I also have a music performance degree (in cello) from the University of Toronto (yes, I still play regularly!).

I’ve always been interested in design, but I wouldn’t say I’m “talented.” Rather, I’ve spent a lot of time studying UI and UX design principles and practicing my design skills through many years of project work with clients all over the world. 

Many developers have honed their skills in scripting, calculations, or custom functions, but not in UI/UX design principles.

I’d like to change that, and introduce more people to the world of design, because poor UX design can cause a host of issues during an app development project. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Great UX design can start a virtuous cycle that leads to better and better results for you, your clients, and the people who use the apps you made!

You can improve your design skills and start reaping the benefits starting today!

What’s inside the UX Design Workshop

Each week of the course, you’ll learn about a different topic.
Then, you’ll practice your skills by completing the homework assignments.
Here’s your roadmap:

Week 0: Introduction

This lesson encourages you to shift from a traditional, feature-driven approach to a modern, user-driven approach in software design. This includes focusing on the user's needs and goals, designing specific tools and interfaces for different roles, and optimizing the UI for reading information rather than data entry.


Introduction to Workflow-Based Design

  • Why it’s important to emphasize user goals over features alone
  • What users really care about (hint: it’s not your app’s data!)
  • How designing around user workflows rather than data tables can enhance user experience

Week 1: Workflow-Based Design is Good Design

Good design is not just about aesthetics. It’s more about intentionally creating something that not only communicates with the user, but also helps them easily achieve their goals. This lesson introduces the 5-Step Workflow Design Framework, which is a structured design process that helps you efficiently design and manage an app. Following this framework ensures that you properly define the scope of work before you invest tons of time building something that may or may not address users’ goals.


What is Design?

  • Why design is so hard to define
  • How to find and solve problems through design
  • The key differences between UI and UX design
  • The importance of understanding the user’s goals

Workflow Design Framework

  • Overview of the 5-Step Workflow Design Framework
  • How to construct an app using a design process
  • Why using a cyclical design process is better than a set of linear steps

Defining the Scope

  • Why you should define the scope of your project before you start development
  • The three important questions you need to ask in order to effectively define the scope
  • You’ll select your example project to work on throughout the rest of the course

Week 2: Creative Problem-Solving Success

Critical to the success of any app design project is correctly defining the problem you're trying to solve, and not just treating its symptoms. This lesson shows you how to structure “Just-Right” problem statements that are neither too large, nor too small. It also encourages you to generate lots of potential solutions to problems. That way, you have lots of methods to choose from when designing your app, and you don’t fall back on the same old solutions and patterns you might have used in the past, just because they’re familiar to you.


Defining the Problem

  • Why defining problems effectively and at the correct level of detail is crucial to the success of your app
  • Some key strategies to help you define Just-Right problems
  • How having constraints actually helps you develop creative solutions to problems

Creative Problem Solving

  • Why creativity is important to problem-solving
  • How to develop a creative mindset
  • Whether you should be concerned with feasibility
  • Some common roadblocks that interfere with creativity

Creative Exercises

  • Tap into your innate creativity through simple thought experiments and observation exercises 

Week 3: Building Bridges - Structure and Information Architecture

This lesson helps you discover a good data structure for your app. It explores different types of hierarchies, which can impact how users navigate and interact with a system, and discusses the importance of aligning the conceptual model with the user’s mental model. Next, it covers various types of diagrams you can use to establish and test different possible structures for your app. Finally, it helps you to determine how to categorize the information in a way that is intuitive and makes sense to the users.


Structure Basics

  • The three most important aspects of an app’s structure that you need to know
  • How information architecture can help you determine a good structure 
  • Which diagrams can help you visualize potential structures for your app
  • How metaphors can help you convey the structure to users

Diagramming

  • Different ways you could use diagramming to help plan your app and communicate with clients
  • How to use diagrams to clarify your conceptual model
  • How to choose the best diagram, based on project size and scope

Determining Categories

  • Why determining categories is harder than you think
  • How to use different categorization strategies depending on the context and intended audience

Week 4: All About the User

To create modern, usable apps, you need to focus on, understand, and empathize with your users. This lesson shows you a number of ways to research the people who’ll be interacting with your app, and help you to understand them and their pain points better. It also introduces you to the concepts of User Stories and Acceptance Criteria, which are important tools that help in planning, organizing, and maintaining the focus on user needs during the development process. Finally, the lesson shows you an in-depth method of documenting user workflows, which is key to documenting and communicating your understanding of everything you’ve learned so far.


Getting to Know the User

  • Why it’s so important to understand and have empathy for your users
  • How to involve users in the process and increase your app’s chances of success
  • Why you should be inclusive, but you shouldn’t try to design for everyone

User Stories

  • Why writing user stories is the key to managing your project
  • The best way to write user stories
  • Why writing acceptance criteria will save your sanity during development
  • The key elements to writing stellar acceptance criteria

User Flow Diagrams

  • Why documenting user workflows is crucial to an app’s design
  • How creating workflow diagrams can save countless hours of development and rework time later
  • The most important elements to capture when creating workflow diagrams 

Week 5: Wonderful Wireframing

Wireframing is the process of sketching out your app before starting to build it. Wireframes can be hand-drawn sketches, low-fidelity wireframes, or high-fidelity mockups. They are crucial for visualizing the structure and flow of the app, and help you to identify potential problems early on. Creating wireframes (once you know how) is much faster than prototyping directly in FileMaker, and thus can save you a lot of time and headaches. This lesson shows you how to create a low-fidelity wireframe, and walks you through the process of determining your information hierarchy and navigation pattern.


Wireframes

  • Why drawing wireframes will save you tons of time
  • Why you should try hand-drawing your first wireframes
  • When to start adding detail to your wireframes

Creating a Lo-Fi Wireframe

  • What you should consider when drawing your low-fidelity wireframe
  • How to clearly communicate your hierarchy
  • Different ways you could organize your navigation, depending on the size and breadth of your app
  • The pros and cons of hamburger menus

Live Wireframing Demo in Balsamiq

  • Look over my shoulder while I design a wireframe in Balsamiq
  • Sit in on my feedback sessions with a user in real-time
  • Watch while I adjust my wireframe based on user feedback

Week 6: Design Pattern Perfection

Design patterns are established patterns that solve common user problems and feel intuitive to the user. When apps feel clunky or awkward, it’s often because the design pattern doesn’t effectively match the situation and solve the user’s problem efficiently. This lesson walks you through basic, intermediate, and advanced design patterns that you can use to create seamless and user-friendly interfaces. 


Basic Design Patterns

  • Why selecting the right design patterns can make or break your app
  • We review basic design patterns baked right into the FileMaker UI

Intermediate Design Patterns

  • How to use more complex design patterns to handle many common user problems
  • When to use card windows, master-detail views, and more

Advanced Design Patterns

  • How to use advanced design patterns to handle more difficult user problems
  • How to choose the correct design pattern for the problem at hand

Week 7: Demystifying Visual Design

Good visual design improves the user experience, makes an app more appealing, increases users’ trust in you, the developer, and facilitates user adoption. On the contrary, poor visual design can result in a lacklustre user experience and reduce users’ trust in the product. This lesson details the 9 most impactful visual design principles you need to know to create an appealing UI.


Demystifying Visual Design

  • How good visual design enhances the user experience
  • How sloppy visual design can destroy a user’s trust in your app—and in you

Visual Hierarchy

  • Why visual hierarchy is the unsung hero of UX design
  • Ways of communicating the visual hierarchy to users

Grouping

  • How to form relationships between pieces of information on the screen
  • How to use the Law of Proximity and Similarity to enhance grouping

Balance

  • Why we like symmetry—until we don’t
  • How to juggle objects to create a visually balanced layout

Unity

  • How to achieve unity in your design
  • Why you should use repetition—but not too much

Colour

  • Why you shouldn’t overdo it with colour
  • How to meaningfully colour-code your layout objects
  • Which colours you should probably avoid

Contrast

  • Why contrast isn’t just about colour
  • The important link between contrast and your visual hierarchy

White Space

  • Why white space is one of the most underrated (and most overlooked) parts of design
  • The relationship between white space, balance, and unity

Consistency

  • How consistency can make your app look more professional, and give users confidence
  • When to make exceptions to consistency

Alignment

  • How you can use alignment to instantly make your design look more professional
  • The ways in which alignment reinforces many other visual design principles

Week 8: Ultimate Usability

Usability can literally make or break your app. Usability principles are grounded in human psychology, so understanding how people perceive and process information, as well as their memory limitations, habits, and biases, is important to creating an amazing user experience. Learn how to assess the key quality components of usability, so that you can create the best user experience possible, and enhance your chances of success.


Introduction to Usability

  • Introduction to the five key quality components of usability

Usability Principles

  • How usability is deeply rooted in human perception and psychology
  • Reviewing different usability guidelines

Visibility

  • Why you shouldn’t leave users guessing
  • How the Pareto principle can help you determine what to make visible

Affordance

  • How poor affordance leads to user errors
  • When to use metaphors to convey affordance

Feedback

  • Why you shouldn’t surprise users
  • How to handle errors gracefully, including the one crucial thing you need to get right

Simplicity

  • How to avoid the “kitchen sink” approach by simplifying long or complex tasks

Structure

  • How to prevent users from getting lost in your app
  • Ways to utilize people’s inherent ability to perceive structure

Consistency

  • The different kinds of consistency you should consider
  • Why being consistent doesn’t mean being boring

Tolerance

  • How to avoid making your users feel dumb (and blaming you!)
  • Why putting users in control makes them feel smart (and call you a genius!)

Accessibility

  • How designing with inclusivity in mind helps create a better user experience overall
  • Tools to help evaluate accessibility

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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, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO


Through Alexis’ course, our team of developers have learned how to put the User Story front and center in planning and developing features. She also taught us the best techniques to solve difficult User Interface issues in ways that we had never thought about before.
Her course gives developers the tools and the right perspective to solve problems in the best possible way to give the best possible experience and outcome to the end user.

—JUSTIN HESSER, KYO LOGIC

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This course has given me the confidence to take on certain challenging new projects that I might have shied away from in the past. Now that I’ve learned a structured design process, I finally feel comfortable taking on more complex UI/UX work, because I know exactly what to do and in what order.

—ROBERT NAUD, ACCOLADE PLUS ACCOLADE

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The Complete UX Design Workshop Core Curriculum Video Training Program

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You also get all these amazing resources...

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Weekly Worksheets

Throughout the course, you’ll apply the week’s lesson to your sample project. Each weekly assignment challenges you to put that week’s lesson into practice and grow your UI/UX design skills.

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Recommended Resources

Each lesson comes with a set of recommended books, links, and/or articles that provide you with additional helpful information, so you can deepen your understanding as you progress through the course, and beyond.

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User Persona TemplateS

The key to creating modern apps that wow your clients is thoroughly understanding your users! But you can quickly get overwhelmed with all the information you collect about them.

The user persona template makes it easy for you to gather all your important user research into one place that’s easy to keep track of and refer to throughout your project.

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USER FLOWCHART TEMPLATES

The heart of Workflow-Based Design is creating effective user workflows. But how exactly do you do that?

Our exclusive user flowchart template shows you which steps to document in a workflow (and which ones you can safely ignore).

Available as LucidChart or OmniGraffle templates, or use a diagramming app of your choice!

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Workflow diagram Tips

It can be hard to strike the right balance of simplicity and detail when creating a workflow diagram.

Too much detail can make your diagram overly complicated, while too little detail can leave important gaps that could trip you up later.

This downloadable PDF is full of handy tips to help your user workflows rock!

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Acceptance Criteria
Reference Guide

Writing acceptance criteria is essential for ensuring success in your app design project. But if you’ve never written them before, there are some common missteps you might want to avoid.

So I created this downloadable PDF guide chock-full of the important things to remember when writing acceptance criteria. It also includes some sample acceptance criteria, as well as some examples of what not to do.

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Live Wireframing DemoS

You’re going to love this bonus...Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to do design with a client?

In this series of videos, you can look over my shoulder while I design a wireframe live in Balsamiq, sit in on my feedback sessions with a real user in real time, AND watch while I adjust my wireframe based on their feedback.

Some students have said this is their favourite part of the course!

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The Confident Theme

You also get a free copy of The Confident Theme—a fully functional, completely unlocked FileMaker theme file designed by me. 

So you can take a peek under the hood and see what a finished product looks like.

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Exclusive Students-Only Community

You also have access to the student community, and you can always post there to get personalized feedback from me on your homework assignments, as well as ask any questions you might have.

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  • Includes all worksheets, resources, and bonuses
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  • 8 weekly live sessions with Alexis, plus an intro and a wrap-up session
  • Participate live to ask questions and get personal feedback
  • 1-year access to session recordings

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  • Train your team as a group
  • Learn UX skills and be motivated together in exclusive live sessions
  • 5-10 team members
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  • Flexible scheduling
  • Live sessions can be offered in English, French, or Italian
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Most of my studying for UI/UX designing was just through online resources and YouTube, but there’s no step-by-step process with feedback for my work. I loved how I could design something and get feedback from Alexis right away and correct any mistakes, instead of just reading lectures. This course was a great start to my career in UI/UX design, and gave me the courage to start a portfolio of my work.
Thank you Alexis!

—SHOBBIA RANGANATHAN, DIRECT IMPACT SOLUTIONS

Frequently asked questions

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When does the course start and end?”

You can start right now!

Although I recommend going through one module per week, you get full access to the course as soon as you sign up.

And you get lifetime access, so you can come back again in the future if you want to!

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What’s the time commitment for this course?

It depends... on your goals, level of commitment, and how much time you have available.

Each module consists of video lectures and homework. So, it’s a commitment of about 3-4 hours per week at minimum.

However, you could do the course all at once if you really want to!

No matter what you choose, the more time you spend practicing your newfound UX skills, the faster you’ll progress!


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How does the course work?

As soon as you enroll, you’ll be automatically added to the course. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access the course.

Once you log in, you can watch the videos when it’s convenient for you. There is homework at the end of each lesson, which I encourage you to complete, as it will give you an opportunity to practice the skills.

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Will the course help me create a [specific] app?

Yes, if you choose.

However, if it’s your first time through the course, I recommend that you work on a sample project (you have a choice of three different ones). 

These sample projects are chosen specifically because they’re big enough for you to practice the concepts, but not so large that you get overwhelmed and confused.

That said, once you learn the concepts, you can (and should!) apply the principles to any app of your choice.

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Can I try out the course before I buy?

Yes! You can watch a sample lesson for free.

Just sign up for the Free Preview.

Inside, you can watch the introductory Week 0 video, where I explain what Workflow-Based Design is and why you might want to learn more about it. You can download the course syllabus, and you can see the complete course structure and individual lesson topics.

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Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes! If the course is truly is not for you, please send me your first two completed assignments within 14 days of the start of the course, and we will issue you a full refund.

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Is this course only for FileMaker developers?”

First and foremost, the course is about UX design, not about FileMaker specifically.

The references to FileMaker are mostly in the Introduction (Week 0), which you can watch if you sign up for the Free Preview.

The design process is relatively agnostic to the platform you use to develop your app. What could change is the way in which you implement certain features and design patterns based on the capabilities/limitations of the specific platform you choose to use. 

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Do I need experience with FileMaker before taking the course?

Ideally, you should have at least some initial experience with database theory and app development.

You may find it difficult to envision your app if you have zero experience with creating apps. 

However, you don’t need to have any advanced FileMaker knowledge (or any other platform) to benefit from this course.

The course is focused on helping you build your design skills, not on FileMaker. In the end, you could use this course to design an app for any platform (so long as you take the capabilities and limitations of that platform into account).

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Will I be able to get feedback on my work?

Yes! Just post your homework or questions in the exclusive students-only course community, and receive personal feedback and support from me and your fellow students.

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How long do I have access to the course?

You have lifetime access to the course. As long as the course exists, you’ll have full access to it, and can take it again as many times as you like. Many students have gone through the course a couple of times.

You’ll also be able to access any future updates that are made to the course. 

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English is not my first language. Will I be able to follow the course?

The course videos are in English. However, subtitles are available in English, French,  Italian, Spanish, and German. Homework assignments are currently available in English, French, and Italian.

I’m fluent in English, French, and Italian,  and can readily answer questions you may have. The videos themselves are very visual and reasonably easy to follow. 

That said, this is honestly only something you can answer, depending on your comfort level. I suggest you sign up for the Free Preview and see if you think it will work for you.

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I highly recommend this course as an outstanding learning opportunity. Alexis’ extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for FM design, combined with a thorough curriculum and hands-on experience, made for a truly transformative experience.

She was able to simplify complicated concepts, encourage a collaborative learning environment, and offer personalized guidance, making the course enjoyable and valuable.

The course covered everything from design principles to practical case studies, providing me with the necessary skills and confidence to excel in FM design

—JOE DA SILVA, ARTISAN COMPLETE

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