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DESIGN 371 A: Interface Design 1

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Meeting Time: 
T 12:00pm - 2:50pm
ART 236
Karen Cheng
Karen Cheng

Syllabus Description:

This course is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students in the UW Division of Design. DESIGN 371 is an advanced visual design and interaction design course covering interface design. The course is for design majors who have intermediate knowledge in visual communication design (typography, color, composition, etc.), intermediate knowledge in interaction design (information architecture, behavior of products, animation, etc.) and pre-existing skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign).

This course is full. If you are not a UW Design junior/senior or graduate student and you wish to request a seat in the class, please email us at kcheng@uw.edu and adesjard@uw.edu. In your email, please include a link to your online design portfolio, or attach a PDF (10MB maximum) of your design work. Please also describe your prior experience/qualifications in design.

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills necessary to design an effective user interface (UI): the space and controls through which a user communicates with a tool/application/device. Specifically, students will:

  • Research, plan and design prototypes for two different mobile applications
  • Discuss, analyze and evaluate what makes a UI effective or ineffective, including:
    • logical information architecture / user task flows
    • feedback and microinteractions that guide user behavior
  • Conduct user testing and incorporate test results into a design prototype

Specifically, students will work alone and in small groups to create two full prototypes for two assigned product/services that serve a specific audience/subject area. This year (Winter 2018) the Visual Communication Design section (A) will be paired/co-taught with the Interaction Design section (B). 

 A full syllabus for the Winter 2018 course can be downloaded as a PDF here: DES371_Winter2018_syllabus.pdf

Catalog Description: 
Introduces students to the fundamental building blocks of interface design including mental models, dynamic information displays, affordances, feedback, user flows, control systems, and interactive narratives. Students use these principles to design visual interfaces and prototypes that are both inventive and functional.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:02pm