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David K. Farkas
HCDE 510
Seattle Campus

Information Design

Examination of the design principles and procedures underlying the creation of both print and electronic information presentations. Topics include: print vs. electronic media, designing for the page and screen, information topologies, and hypermedia. Seminar includes a design project. Prerequisite: HCDE 501 or permission of instructor. Offered: A.

Class description

We will examine the design concepts that underlie traditional media, contemporary digital media, and things that donít exist yet. We will explore and engage in the process by which we derive effective and innovative designs from user needs, research, and ongoing participation, design concepts that fuel creative thinkng, existing models and design principles (especially design patterns), and practical constraints.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, workshop activities, critiques of both professional work and ongoing designs of students

Recommended preparation

Enrollment in HCDE Professional Masters Program or permission of instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Students will engage a class-wide design project and an individual design project of their own choosing. Students will also prepare a design pattern.

Course projects, design pattern, and an exam on course readings.


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.
Website for Fall 2011 offering on HCDE 510
Last Update by David K. Farkas
Date: 09/02/2012