🦆 Interaction Nerds by UXA
This week from Investigation & Connection: Exciting HCI conversations, getting involved with UXA, and crafting multi-modal design experiences with Cheryl Platz!
👋 Announcements — Guest Lecture, Getting Involved with UXA, and XHacks Wrap-Up!
Hi everyone! We hope you all had a great Carnival and are ready for the final stretch before the end of the semester! We still have a lot of great events coming up, so make sure to stay tuned!
We're wrapping up the semester with a special guest lecture from Alex Hollender🌟 Alex is a rockstar designer from the Wikipedia Foundation. Join us Friday, April 21st, from 3-4pm in Tepper 2610 for in-person attendance, or join remotely on Zoom. Don't forget to mark your calendars, and we'll see you there! RSVP here!
We're opening up applications for our '23-'24 E-board! If you're interested in joining us, you can apply here 🗳️ We'll also be hosting an info session today 5-6pm! Come to learn about our roles and ask any questions you may have. 🚨 Deadline to apply: Sunday, April 23rd @ 11:59pm.
Didn’t get a chance to attend XHacks or all of the great workshops that were offered? No worries! Check out the highlights in our event documentation here!
🐒 Campus Compass — Digital Service Innovation
Attention entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers! Digital Service Innovation teaches you to invent digital services. You will learn about value-creation in the service sector and a human-centered design process including improv brainstorming, story-boarding, interviewing, video sketches, and pitching. You will learn what a service is and how you can create value with a target audience.
🔍 05-470 Digital Service Innovation
🤔 What is Digital Service Innovation?
Digital Service Innovation exposes students to design thinking, service thinking, and the methods and practices used by lean startups working to create a minimum viable product (MVP).
🧐 What do you do in Digital Service Innovation?
Students work in small, interdisciplinary teams to discover unmet needs of users. They conceive of a digital service and assess its technical feasibility, financial viability, and desirability. Then they produce a plan with a business model and a video sketch and pitch it to industry professionals. Grades will be determined primarily by the quality of the teams' products.
😯 Who should take Digital Service Innovation?
This course requires no coding, no background in design, and no training in business. Students are expected to possess a background strength in one of the following areas: business, software/tech development, user-centered design, service design, behavioral science, data science, or communications.
🤩 Field Trip — Crafting multi-modal design experiences with Cheryl Platz
How can we design experiences that span across multiple channels/devices more cohesive and adaptable to individuals' needs? What could the future of multi-modal design look like? Read on to learn more about Cheryl Platz, an internationally recognized expert in multimodal user interfaces and the Author of Design Beyond Devices, to explore her strategies and approaches with multi-modal design.
“Multimodal design is not so much its own practice but rather an additional skill, like an orchestration layer on top of the design you’re already doing. The key is to be aware that none of your experiences exist in a vacuum – whether it is on mobile, PC, or web.”
🤔 Who’s behind the scenes?
Thanks for reading this week’s Interaction Nerds by CMU UXA! The editors behind this work are Sophie McGrady, Caleb Sun, Arin Pantja, and Rebecca Jiang.
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