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Carolina F Mello-E-Souza
COM 597
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Communication

Class description

What makes interactive experiences compelling and how are they designed? In this course, we will explore the historical significance and possible future implications of interactivity in the digital and physical realm.

We will have an overview of the theories that guide an interaction designer: heuristics (human perception), color theories; processes in project development such as brainstorming, flowcharting, wireframing, mock-ups, user research… We can then move on to study existing interfaces and the keys to making them effective; our focus is on computer interfaces but is not limited to its traditional “keyboard/mouse/monitor” triangle, we can extend to innovative consumer products such as the iPhone.

Finally, we explore applications such as search sites, online social networks, web 2.0 and games; how have these applications been impacting our lives and what can we expect in the future?

Student learning goals

By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated their understanding of the following through assigned work and class participation:

• The basic principles of usability in interaction design. • The part interaction design plays in product development. • The interaction design process. • A critical perspective on how interactive experiences are affecting our social behavior, our culture and our economy. • The state of the art, its historical context and take a peek at future trends in interaction design.

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carolina F Mello-E-Souza
Date: 10/12/2008