Syllabus: Interaction & Service Design Concepts Principles, Perspectives, and Practices

Prof. Molly Wright Steenson (Carnegie Mellon School of Design) has published the syllabus for her Interaction & Service Design class (Fall 2015).  According to the introduction:

What is interaction, what is design, where did these notions come from, and where are they going? Our seminar explores principles, practices, and practices that undergird interaction and service design and beyond. We will explore the underlying principles of design, examine themes from a variety of perspectives, and consider the effects of both on different practices. Through this grounding, you will return to questions of what kind of designer you are and wish to be, what you believe in, and how that will extend to your research and practice.

Interaction design wasn’t invented from scratch as a singular, monolithic practice. It was born out of the intersection of a number of disciplines from within design and human-computer interaction, and also from art, media, architecture, politics, and philosophy, and beyond. As such, you will notice that our readings accordingly extend beyond traditional design and HCI literature. Through my suggestions and yours, we will also turn to design questions in digital culture, film, tv, fiction, gaming, music, art and beyond as we together frame our understandings. You will be writing continually throughout the class as you grapple with questions in the readings, answering “your mission” prompts twice a week on Medium throughout the semester, then producing a longer, critical paper or literature review that supports your research interests. Throughout the seminar, as you read, discuss, and write, you’ll put a stake in the ground on what matters to you in design and find ways to apply it in your research.

This syllabus page is a living document. I will be updating it continually, outlining your missions and dropping in images, links and videos. I was inspired to use Medium in teaching by David Carr’s “Press Play” course at Boston University (he passed away last winter). It is an opportunity to build a body of work together on our seminar’s own interpretation of principles perspectives and practices.

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