Module 1: Fundamentals of the design process

Tue, Jan 29

01. Lecture: Design Process

Required readings: none

Optional readings:

Thu, Jan 31

02. Lecture: Needfinding

Required readings: none

Thu, Jan 31 by 3pm

Due: Course enrollment survey and Hw 0

To be included in the lottery for this course, you need to submit both the course enrollment survey and Hw 0.

No studios this week

Tue, Feb 5

03. In-class activity: Analysis of needfinding data
(mandatory attendance)

Today, you will meet your team for Project 1 and you will start analyzing your needfinding data.

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Wed, Feb 6 by midnight

Due: Project 1, milestone 1: Needfinding

Submit this and all future assignments via Canvas by midnight on Wednesday.

You will meet in studios for the first time this week

Thu, Feb 7

04. Lecture and in-class activity: Creativity and analogical thinking
(mandatory attendance)

Required preparation (post your written response before class):

Tue, Feb 12

05. Lecture: Teams

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Optional readings:

Wed, Feb 13 by midnight

Due: Project 1, milestone 2: Product Concept

Thu, Feb 14

06. Lecture: Rapid prototyping and evaluation;

Giving and receiving design critique

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Tue, Feb 19

07. In-class activity: Heuristic Evaluation

(mandatory attendance)

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Wed, Feb 20 by midnight

Due: Project 1, milestone 3: UI Prototype

Thu, Feb 21

08. Lecture: How to give a good pitch

Required readings (post your written response before class):

  • Find and watch two short (<10 min) pitches

Tue, Feb 26

09. Lecture: Finding a problem area + finalizing teams for Final Projects

(mandatory attendance)

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Optional readings:

Wed, Feb 27 by midnight

Due: Project 1, Final Report

In studio this week, each team will give a formal pitch about their product.

Thu, Feb 28

10. Two guest lectures: Clayton Sims (Dimagi); Jaclyn Youngblood and Nigel Jacob (Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics)

No readings for today

Sun, March 3 by midnight

Due: Project 1 individual reflection survey (takes about 15 minutes to complete)

Tue, March 5

11. Lecture and in-class activity: Reflection on Project 1

No readings for today
But please make sure to fill out the
Project 1 individual reflection survey if you haven’t already

Wed, March 6 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 1: Problem area

Thu, March 7

12. Lecture: Content analysis - guest lecture by Dr. Maia Jacobs

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Tue, March 12

13. Lecture and in-class activity: Creative practice -- part 2

No required readings before class

Wed, March 13 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 2: Needfinding

No studio this week

Thu, March 14

14. Lecture: Digital prototyping tools

Required preparation (no written response today):

  • Download and install Axure RP, a digital prototyping platform. Request a free student license. Bring your laptop to class -- we will do some hands-on activities. This software is available for Mac and Windows. Apologies to GNU/Linux users.

Some resources you may find helpful today:

Spring break!

Module 2: Designing for Humans

Tue, March 26

15. Lecture: UI design paradigms

Required preparation (post your written response before class):

  • Watch the highlights of the Mother of All Demos (parts 1 through 9). Total of ~24 minutes. Things will get a little slow during parts 5 and 6, but then they will pick up again in 7 and 8.

Optional:

Wed, March 27 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 3: Product Concepts

Thu, March 28

16. Lecture: Perception

No required reading

Tue, April 2

17. Lecture: Cognition

Required prep:

  • Take an Implicit Association Test (IAT) — you can pick any test you want. You will need about 10 minutes of quiet time.  Note that the survey questions before and after the test are optional.  You can skip them.
  • Share your results (completely anonymously — even though you will be asked for your Harvard Key, we are only recording the fact that you participated in this activity, but no link is recorded between your identity and your response).  If you get hooked and take more than one IAT, feel free to fill out this survey more than once.

Note: If you have never taken an IAT before, you may be surprised–possibly even upset–by the results.  If you want to feel better, you can take a look at Prof. Krzysztof’s results.

Wed, April 3 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 4: Early UI Prototypes; Pitch to External Evaluators

By this point, you will need to have a well-developed product concept. During studio, each team will present their concept to external evaluators.
We will also grade reports submitted this week.

Thu, April 4

18. Lecture: Intelligent Interactive Systems

Required prep (post your written response before class):

Tue, April 9

19. Lecture: Motor control.
We will start by having one team from each studio present their product concept.

Required readings:

  • None

Optional:

Wed, April 10 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 5: Evaluation and analysis of your “riskiest risk”

Thu, April 11

20. Guest lecture: Zeerak Ahmed, Senior Designer, Last Mile Delivery at Amazon, former CS 179 TF

Required readings (post your written response before class):
While this looks like a long list of readings, most of them are very short. You should need no more than 30 minutes to go through all of them.

  • General design guidelines:
  • Some Amazon specific materials to lay the context of work I'll share:

Module 3: Accessibility and Ethics

Tue, April 16

21. Lecture: Designing for accessibility

Required readings:

  • None

Optional:

Wed, April 17 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 6: Evaluation Plan & Refined UI prototype

Thu, April 18

22. Guest lecture: Kate Margolese, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Perkins School for the Blind

Required readings:

  • None

Tue, April 23

23. Lecture: Ethical consideration of accessible design

Required readings:

  • None

Wed, April 24 by midnight

Due: Project 2, milestone 7: Field evaluation

Module 4: Conclusion

Thu, April 25

24. Guest lecture: Julia Winn, CS 179 alumna, entrepreneur, product manager at X, the moonshot factory

Required readings (post your written response before class):

Optional readings:

Tue, April 30

25. Lecture: What’ Hot in HCI Research

Required readings:

  • None

Wed, May 1 by midnight

Due: Project 2: Final report!

Thu, May 2

Final project presentations (from 9 am to 3 pm)

The presentations will be scheduled in two sessions: 9am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3pm. You have to attend the entire session during which your team is scheduled to present. See detailed schedule.

Wed, May 8

Due: Final survey (submit individually)

This survey will be posted after the final project presentations