Interface Design (VA 325)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Murat Germen muratgermen@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Group tutorial
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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CONTENT

The course is an introduction to the study and design of interfaces in general. Interfaces represent how people interact and are crucial to the success of any project as they link the projected audience to the material to be conveyed. The aim in this course is to enable students to apply the principles of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) to the study / design of useful, usable, and effective user interfaces.

OBJECTIVE

The course is an introduction to the study and design of interfaces in general. Interfaces represent how people interact and are crucial to the success of any project as they link the projected audience to the material to be conveyed. The aim in this course is to enable students to apply the principles of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) to the study / design of useful, usable, and effective user interfaces. Programming skills are NOT required, focus is rather on the design of an interaction type to be proposed by the student. Students will be expected to submit a design project during which they will be able to test themselves in developing a set of user scenarios, a user interaction model, a navigational / flow diagram and a prototype for an interactive application.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify what an interface is and what criteria are important in interface design
2. criticize some existing interfaces and propose alternatives instead
3. compare old and new interaction practices, outline advantages ands disadvantages
4. demonstrate the ability of sketching manually during the concept generation process
5. integrate daily life experience into their design philosophy
6. construct innovative ideas independent of physical, cultural, official constraints
7. comprehend that interface design is one of the most important design areas and helps improving our daily lives

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Assignment 100

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Will be supplied / presented digitally by the course instructor in addition to books listed below:
- Donald A. Norman: "The Design of Everyday Things"
- Alan Cooper, Andrew Singer: "About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design"
- Ben Schneiderman: "Designing the User Interface"
- Steven Johnson: "Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way we Create and Communicate"
- Stuart K. Card, Thomas P. Moran, Allen Newell: "The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction"
- Jeff Raskin: "The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems"
- Jennifer Preece, Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp: "Interaction Design"
- Kevin Mullet, Darrell Sano: "Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques"