Week 1

(July 12th-16th)

Faculty: Matt Cottam & Maia Garau

This five-day course will combine brief lectures, hands on exercises, film viewings and discussions to introduce students to a set of core interaction design concepts, methods and tools. Interaction design touches a broad range of experiences including products, software and services. Though the topics covered have direct implications for the design of interactive digital experiences, we will not use computer hardware or software in our exercises—instead the course will explore digital interaction concepts through purely analogue projects. Topics will include, but not be limited to, mental models, metaphors, affordances, usability, gestures, networks, sociality, and augmentation.

Interaction design, graphical user interface (GUI), tangible user interface (TUI), service design, product/service ecosystems, design fiction, storytelling, user research, usability, information architecture, information design, visual communication, mapping, metaphors, mental models, affordances, internet of things, locative media, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, embedded computing, urban computing, physical computing, sensing, handheld interfaces, hardware and software asymmetry, human-human interaction, mobiles, multiple lenses, multiple relationships, operating systems and applications, realtime, social networks, telepresent collaborative work.

History of mapping information (Matt)
Introduction to interface design (Matt)
Overview of information design examples: architecture, wireframes, look & feel, style manuals, evidencing, prototyping (Matt)
Introduction to interaction design principles (Maia)
Introduction to service design (Maia)
[Introduction to user research and visual sense-making] (Maia)

In the evenings we will screen a series of relevant talks and films including:
What is Design Q&A (Eames)
Airport service concept (Eames)
Triumph of the Nerds
Dan Hill lecture (ubiquitous computing)
Timo Arnall lecture
Dave Gray lecture
Future Concept Videos

Meet & Greet: Sunday July 11th pm (details to follow)
Monday-Friday: 9:30am – 5pm everyday
Monday-Thursday: 6pm – various evening screenings
Friday reception from 6pm onwards

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