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An introduction to interaction design

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From apps, phones and business systems to wearables, the Web and the Internet of Things, interactive products have become part of everyday life. But how can interactions be designed to best meet their purpose and offer good user experience? This free course, An introduction to interaction design, explores this topic. You will learn: what interaction design is; the importance of user-centred design - with its goals and principles; how interaction design focuses on the characteristics of the user, their activities and environment; and the core activities and methods of the interaction design process.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what interaction design is, the importance of user-centred design and methods of user information gathering
  • understand how the sensory, cognitive and physical capabilities of users inform the design of interactive products
  • understand the process of interaction design, including requirements elicitation, prototyping, evaluation and the need for iteration
  • analyse and critique the design of interactive products
  • select, adapt and apply suitable interaction design approaches and techniques towards the design of an interactive product.

First Published: 31/03/2017

Updated: 05/06/2018

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