Critical Technical Practice
This course offers a survey of theory and methods for students interested in approaching design as a mode of inquiry. The theory component focuses on how designed things (particularly technical things) influence and are influenced by cultural norms. The methods component focuses on how a design practice can be engaged as a means of interrogating those norms and envisioning alternatives.
Offered: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017
Publications resulting from the course:
Josephine Klefeker and Laura Devendorf. 2018. String Figuring: A Story of Reflection, Material Inquiry, and a Novel Sensor. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW086, 6 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3188570
Jordan Wirfs-Brock. 2019. Recipes for Breaking Data Free: Alternative Interactions for Experiencing Personal Data. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS ’19 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 325-330. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3301019.3323892
Introduction to Information Science: Designing Interactions
This freshman/sophomore level course introduces students to a human-centered design process including interviews and observation, ideating and prototyping. The course project asks students to work in teams to follow the process and develop novel design concepts.
Offered Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018