Spring 2017: March 28 - May 5.
Dr Joëlle Bitton
Office hours by appointment
The module takes place from March 28 - May 5, over 6 weeks, including a reading week (5), from Tuesday to Friday each week, 9.30-17.00.
Class sessions include lectures, discussions, mentoring sessions, in-class exercises, home assignments and independent study blocks.
Projects are conducted in groups of 4 students.
This course puts the students in the context of realising an interaction design outcome from initial idea to final proposal, with a particular emphasis on field research and user-experience.
In this interaction design process, students work through the several stages of project development: Context/User Inquiry, Concept Generation, Idea Testing, Prototype Development, Evaluation and Concept Iteration.
Following these stages of observation, creation, and evaluation, we will discuss and apply situated and user-centered methods (eg. bodystorming, context analysis, video scenarios, etc).
This course is project-based and will allow students to have a hands-on experience.
Organised in groups, students will develop innovative design concept for a product, a service or an experience.
"How do you want to change the world?"
This year, the topic for this class takes a typical design question that starts many project premises, especially in education environments that encourage students to have an impact in the world. The sentence has become a form of "pep talk" statement, where individuals should embrace forms of agency (see discourses from MIT Media Lab, Ted Talks, design thinking courses, various pitches competitions, etc).
In this class, we take that sentence upside down and within it question the role of the designer itself: what does "the world" mean?, what does "change" mean?, is "how" meant for a designer to think with?, how does that addresses the question of a designer's agency? and finally, what's the underlying expectation of such sentence?
During the course the student will learn:
The student is expected to produce these final deliverables:
1. A working prototype, user-tested and evaluated
2. The presentation of this interaction design product, service and/or experience grounded on the understanding of the user and the context
3. The documentation of assignments and design process in a blog
Your project development is structured in following steps:
Expectations and Grading
Grades will be based on group presentations, class participation, home assignments, documentation (journal) and final work. All work should be produced in English.
Contributing to constructive group feedback is an essential aspect of class participation.
Regular attendance is required. Two or more unexcused absences will affect the final grade. Arriving late on more than one occasion will also affect the grade.
Group presentations 20%
Final work 30%
Class participation 10%
Journal Documentation 20%
Any assignment that remains unfulfilled receives a failing grade.
Interval group presentations each week present the advancement of the group's project and highlight the specific requirements of that week.
Each presentation are structured so that each group member will introduce an aspect of the project. On average, the presentation should be 10 minutes.
The format is open:
The final outcome of the class is a project proposal in the form of a working prototype, user-tested and represented to an external audience in the form of a film and/or a medium of your choice (installation, website, demo, etc...). For this class, there will be an emphasis on the film narrative as a way to disseminate your proposal.
A separate 'Journal' is developed by each student that reflects on learnings from the seminar. It should be in the form of an online blog (ie. WordPress, Tumblr or other):
Throughout the module, various short home assignments will be given to practice concepts discussed in class.
The course IAD Design Methods provides the background literature for this class.
Readings are made available in the shared IAD server.
Additional readings may be provided as the class progresses.
Field Research / Independent Study
Mentoring: Sense Making and Clustering (Going Back to the Field)
Basic GUI preview
Basic GUI preview
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Back from the reading week
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JB: Dr. Joëlle Bitton, NF: Nicole Foesterl, GB: Prof. Dr. Gerhard M. Buurman, JG: Joël Gähwiler