This subject provides an overview of a human-centred approach to the design of interactive technologies. It introduces students to design thinking and how it can be productively applied to different design situations. The theoretical concepts, methods and tools for the key stages of interaction design are covered including user research, ideation, prototyping and user evaluation. The cognitive processes of individual designers are also explored. Students learn to persuasively communicate and pitch design concepts with an emphasis on the user experience through visual storytelling and the use of video. It provides students with the principles, processes and tools for working on user-centred design in studio projects. – the blog
This subject explores the potential of sensor-based technologies for creating interactive performance environments, where the presence and participation of people is crucial to the unfolding work. The emphasis on performativity and embodiment within the studio gives precedence to the human experience and condition, while at the same time questioning the relationships between body and technology and the cultural practices surrounding them.
Interdisciplinary Design Lab
In this subject, design is conceived of in its widest and most exciting sense; as an agent for change in a complex world. The aim of the interdisciplinary design lab is to connect students with live research projects. The DLabs offer students from all disciplines a diverse range of exciting projects, often with partners from industry or the community, which engage with real-life problems and opportunities. The DLabs focus on problems that require an interdisciplinary design approach, and develop students’ skills in collaboration and teamwork. The emphasis of this subject is on experimentation and innovation.
The aim of this particular lab is to create proposals for the development of smart phone applications that will enable connected citizens to better engage with their urban landscapes. The proposals will be underpinned by extensive and innovative real-world research with Telstra’s social media community.