Summer 2024 - IAT 333 D100

Interaction Design Methods (4)

Class Number: 2028

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 48 units, including IAT 265 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: IAT 102 or 233.



Examines concepts of design practice and related design methods for interaction designers. Design methods include ethnography, personas, design games, role-playing, scenarios, participatory workshops, and prototyping.


This course is about design practice and methods for interaction and user experience designers. Students will learn design methods focused on understanding the needs of the people for whom we design. These methods include design ethnography, personas, storyboarding, scenarios, journey frameworks, participatory workshops, and concept generation. In addition to readings, students will engage in studio assignments that will lead to a final interaction design project.    

Interaction and user experience design requires design decisions to be responsive to and inclusive of the stakeholders in the design process. This course explores the range of relevant techniques and methods that will enable future designers to do exactly that. In addition, the course introduces reflective practice as mode of understanding and discussing the design process.

Lectures and readings complement the studio assignments.


Learning outcomes expected for students include:

- Develop an understanding of interaction and user experience design practice

- Understand a range of design methods and techniques

- Demonstrate the ability to work successfully with project stakeholders and clients

- Demonstrate an ability to synthesize appropriate methods and techniques through a semester-long project



  • Assignments- Individual 25%
  • Assignments- group 60%
  • Final Concept and Presentation-Group 15%
  • Bonus/ Demerit Grade- Individual


You will need to have:

  • access to a high-speed internet connection
  • a laptop or PC with a camera and a microphone
  • Adobe software Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat Reader

You will be responsible for installing and ensuring that software works on your computer. Please see Adobe website for cost of software. There are free software packages and/or apps that have similar features to Adobe that you can use but keep in mind that there is no tech support provided by the course on installing or troubleshooting software problems or installation. 

Please ensure you have access before registering.



Readings will be available digitally through the online-course platform


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