The course provides Master of Arts students an introduction to the tools and methods of research in design. The work aims to develop the participant’s analytical capacity to deconstruct, read and re-interpret, cultural contexts and so-called situations of use. From a critical perspective we study and analyze the increasingly important role that digital media plays in the building of our everyday lives and environments.
We review the work of such theorists and practitioners such as: John Chris Jones, Klaus Krippendorff, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Harold Nelson, Don Norman, Sarah Pink, Erik Stoltermann, among others.
Among the topics discussed in class throughout the semester are: Activity theory, design thinking, human-centered design, theory of affordances, concept of the artifact, culture as interaction and interface design, design representation, and participatory design methods.
COURSE MEETING DATES
31 October 2017
7 November 2017
14 November 2017
21 November 2017
28 November 2017
1. To introduce the student to methods, theory and terminology particular to research for design and its use, from a perspective of the new media.
2. To provide opportunities for students to implement the knowledge being acquired. This is primarily done through the creation, by the student, of her (or his) initial research plan.
Acquisition of knowledge about how contemporary theories and methods of design research can be used in the new media. The methods that surveyed are:
- Artifact analysis: Provides a structured framework for the research and interpretation of context and material culture.
- Scenario design: It is used to pre-visualize the interaction between users and the system being designed.
- Ethnographic methods for media design: Allows access and understanding about those who we service with the artifacts that we create.
1. Fieldwork and observation
3. Cultural probes
Learning about how media as design artifacts mediates human communication and interaction.
Participation in the course is graded. The course consists of lectures, readings, exercises, and writing. Each participant must keep a diary documenting thoughts and questions for each of the sessions. This diary is saved to PDF format and submitted at the end of the course. All the work must be completed within the time span of the class. Class participation accounts for 30% Attendance is strongly encouraged.