IxD session 4
Prep for tonight
Read Cooper (4th ed): Ch 7, Ch 8, Ch 17
Read Garrett: Ch 2
Read Whose profession is design; First principles of interaction design.
Reading prompt: What does it mean to you for a site or application to be well-behaved? Of the visual/interaction design principles which resonate the most with you and why? Post to class WP site (category: reading) before 5 pm on Wednesday.
- Andrew // Jackson // KatieC // KatieJ // Nicole
- Read and comment (asking questions is good!) on everyone’s post.
Research post: find four “competitors” for your project; why did you pick them? . Post to class WP site (category: research) before 5 pm on Wednesday.
DOUBLE CHECK your categories — if you’ve not used “reading” and “research” please update. And please remember the “More” button. :-)
Tonight’s discussion // Ideation // sketching, wireframes, prototypes.
Design case study
Thinking about your project … what will your initial design use as device output? A mobile phone? A tablet? A laptop? Which OS/version/hardware? Pick one! In your design brief, tell me WHY you picked that one.
Revisit task analysis from Monday. From session 3:
Design post: Observe yourself interacting with a man-made object, preferably something computerized (does not have to be a computer, per se). What was the object? What were you trying to accomplish (goal)? What did you do? What happened? How did you feel about the interaction? Post to class WP site before 5 pm on Monday.
See the level of detail? I’d like you to revisit your experience and provide a new “look” at that same “object/thing”, but now demonstrating concepts/principles from lecture/discussion/reading (specifically tonight’s First Principles from Tog). Where does the app/site work and where does it not — and why. We’re thinking about our thinking – making the unconscious conscious!
New post to class WP site before leaving class (category: journal).
Next session assignments (Wednesday)
Update your avatar on Design400
- Login and then go here: https://design400.wordpress.com/wp-admin/users.php?page=grofiles-editor
- Best avatar is a picture (photo/sketch) of you
- Second-best is a photo/sketch of something people associate with you. (For example, I might use a motorcycle.)
- Rationale: part of media literacy component of the course
Read Ch 18, 19, 20, Cooper.
Read The Magical Number Seven; Introduction to web accessibility
Reading prompt: What are the most important things designers need to consider when thinking about mobile users/desktop users/accessibility? How does this relate to your class project? Post to class WP site (category: reading) before 5 pm on Wednesday.
Research post: for your project, develop three personas with specific scenarios/tasks. Use your work with your competitor sites to help develop tasks. Tell me what platform/device you are designing for and why. Post to class WP site (category: research) before 5 pm on Wednesday.
Prep for quiz (session 6): develop three-four questions related to the reading or lectures, focusing on concepts/principles that you think are important take-aways from the course. Explain why. Post to class WP site (category: journal) before 5 pm on Wednesday.
In-class assignment: short-term memory test