Design for Informatics

Course Summary

This course was offered in 2014 and 2015. It is no longer being offered.

Design for Informatics provided an introduction to design processes for students of the MA and MFA Design Informatics programme. The course provided students with contemporary design methods from conception through development, and finally to realisation. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students explored a range of design methods. This included techniques for ideation including identifying assessment criteria, understanding users, user mapping, design probes, physical prototyping, the role of focus groups and user observation. The course continued by looking at contemporary design processes including the 'double diamond' that involves the four steps of Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver. Guest designers from a range of backgrounds offered lectures and workshops on their methods and processes. There also was a particular focus on the field of interaction design and the advent of digital media upon the design process. Supported by an individual design project, the course demanded students synthesise a design practice with an understanding of method / process supported by evidence of research. In addition students will be required to record research material through a blog.

It was a 20 credit postgraduate course being entirely graded on course work.