Nov 29, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GD 4520 - Interaction Design

Credits: 3

In this senior-level course, students hone their digital interactive design skills. Students study interaction design, industrial design, and cognitive science in order to focus on the mental models and specific gestures that allow humans to interact with the designed world. Interface conventions are deconstructed and rebuilt. Interaction models are built and tested. The future of interface as invisible computing is explored and prototyped. Upon successful completion of the course, students demonstrate an understanding of how and why some digital products “feel good” to use, and how to use those findings within a user-centered design process to better their design solutions.

Prerequisites: GD 3115 - Web Design I  

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the historical context of interactive design as a field of practice.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of interaction design.
  • Practice the principles, patterns, process and craft of user centered design.
  • Portray a complete picture of user-centered design methods.
  • Understand and demonstrate the role of the customer journey in the user-centered design process.
  • Document the process of user-centered design.

GD 4520 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Textbooks:
About Face : Essentials of Interaction Design (4th Edition) - ISBN: 9781118766576
Required Course Materials:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Computer with Adobe CC Suite and a word processing program

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