The GRA145 course was a great course to experience new services and software. I’ve learned a lot about WordPress, and branding online in general. WordPress has a large community and support for themes and plugins. Themes and plugins are vast, but most premium themes have a price tag. After taking the class I feel capable of maintaining a WordPress site, but would require more experience with handling the host/server side.
Adobe Xd has been a great tool, which I will continue to use in the future. It’s a great way to further finalize a design of a website, compared to a wireframe. I think the strong suit of Xd is the potential for portfolio work. You don’t have to be able to create a website or app to produce a design. Although it has minimal prototyping, it seems to be a great tool for showing developers or customers your design.
I would definitely recommend the course for other students. It helps you understand a brand from a social and interactive perspective. User experience, especially how a company interacts with its users is important.