In the spring term 2016 Sabrina Hauser and I taught the course DESN 215 at Emily Carr. In this course we offered students a foundational understanding of interaction design and interaction design practice. Students engaged in three projects and while doing so learned key design techniques and methods including user research, personas, scenarios, kano analysis, information architecture, design techniques for graphical user interfaces, concept iterations, prototyping techniques, as well as presentation and evaluation techniques.
The three studio projects included a re-design of an application, the development of a tangible interface and a concept design for emerging technologies. Each project focused on a different aspect of interaction design as well as a different part of the design process. This way students gained an insight into different interaction design disciplines while also working through the single parts of the iterative design process.
*Sabrina and I want to thank HfG and especially Hans Krämer, Jörg Beck, Ralf Dringenberg, and Michael Götte, who have been inspiring the way we teach interaction design.
Markus Lorenz Schilling