User Experience (UX) – Interaction Design

Generate effective user-centered designs for Web and software solutions through a variety of workshop-style sessions.

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User Experience (UX) – Interaction Design

Generate effective user-centered designs for Web and software solutions through a variety of workshop-style sessions.

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Create a plan to guide the design of a solution 
  • Use ideation to generate viable design solutions 
  • Create a paper prototype 
  • Create a low-fidelity, digital prototype 
  • Create a design specification 
  • Create user scenarios from a set of goals and requirements 
  • Explain how to integrate User-Centered Design (UCD) phases into different project methodologies

Course description

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Good design solves a problem; great design solves a problem in a way that is effective and satisfying. This course will help you to generate effective user-centered designs for Web and software solutions through a variety of workshop-style learning sessions. Students can expect to learn design ideation and sketching methodologies; practice giving and receiving design critiques; create wireframes and design specs; generate clickable/tappable prototypes that effectively express how your design functions; and learn about how to exercise these design practices in the real world. 

Prerequisites

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  • User Experience Research is recommended, but not required 

Syllabus

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Lesson 1 Assignments 

In-Class Work: 

  • Create a design plan 

Lesson 2  

Use ideation to generate viable design solutions. 

  • Sketch design concepts using a time-boxed methodology 
  • Participate in a design critique of another designer’s work 
  • Facilitate a design critique for your design 

Lesson 2 Assignments 

Homework Due: 

  • Request personal license for Axure RP 

In-Class Work:

  • Sketching Ideation 
  • Conduct and participate in design critiques 

Lesson 3  

Create a paper prototype. 

  • Explain the value of paper prototyping 
  • Sketch different views and interactions for one or more user scenarios 
  • Assemble sketches into a paper prototype 
  • Facilitate a user’s journey through a paper prototype 

Lesson 3 Assignments 

In-Class Work:

  • Create a paper prototype 
  • Facilitate user walkthrough of paper prototype 

Lesson 4  

Create a low-fidelity prototype. 

  • Describe five tools used for creating digital prototypes 
  • Convert sketches into a digital low-fidelity prototype 
  • Facilitate a user’s journey through the low-fidelity prototype 

Lesson 4 Assignments 

Homework Due: 

  • Select and be prepared to use prototyping tool in class 

In-Class Work: 

  • Create a low-fidelity digital prototype 
  • Facilitate user walkthrough of digital prototype 

Lesson 5  

Create a design specification. 

  • Explain the difference between a wireframe and a prototype 
  • Convert sketches and/or low-fidelity screens into a wireframe 
  • Create interaction annotations for each wireframe view 
  • Assemble wireframes and interaction annotations into a design specification 

Lesson 5 Assignments 

In-Class Work:

  • Create a design specification 

Lesson 6  

Create user scenarios from a set of goals and requirements. 

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of user stories, business requirements, functional requirements, use cases and scenarios 
  • Determine how to apply goals and requirements to create a design plan 

Lesson 6 Assignments 

In-Class Work:

  • Analyze information to create a user scenario 

Lesson 7  

Explain how to integrate the User-Centered Design (UCD) phases into different project methodologies. 

  • Describe the phases and benefits of the UCD process 
  • Describe where each phase of the UCD process should occur in the waterfall, iterative and agile project methodologies 

Lesson 7 Assignments 

In-Class Work:

  • Discuss application of user-centered to a variety of different project methodologies 

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