🦆 Interaction Nerds by UXA
This week from Investigation & Connection: IxDS in HCI and Defining Your Own Path with Sabine Jung!
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🐒 Campus Compass — Interaction Design for HCI
Everyone needs to start somewhere, and if you’re wondering where to even begin in the wonderful world of HCI, Interaction Design for HCI is for you! This new course replaces IxD Overview and Studio, and is an excellent starting point (or a refresher) for anyone interested in designing for people. 🧐
🔍 05-360 Interaction Design for HCI
🤔 What is IxDS?
Interaction Design for HCI (IxDS) is a course that teaches hands-on approaches to the human-centered design process as well as fundamental interaction design principles, methods, and practices. It prepares students for more advanced courses involving user interface design, conversational agents, service design, digital service innovation, designing products that use artificial intelligence, persuasive design, designing gesture-based systems, human-robot interaction and design systems among others.
It replaces Interaction Design Studio 1 (05-651) and Interaction Design Overview (05-392/692) starting in the Fall 2023 semester. Find out more here.
🧐 What do you do in IxDS?
Students apply appropriate interaction design methods in a human-centered design process, create persuasive interim and final design artifacts that demonstrate communication design fundamentals, explain and apply fundamental interaction design principles, create clarity and readability in artifacts–including GUIs and deliverables–through the disciplined application of visual design principles such as typography, color and composition.
😯 Who should take IxDS?
IxDS is a new required course for all HCI undergraduate programs and some Master's programs for those who have not taken Interaction Design Studio 1 (05-651) or Interaction Design Overview (05-392/692). It does not have any prerequisites, only a desire to continuously produce design work. No coding or prior tool operation knowledge is required.
😎 Student Spotlight — Defining Your Path in Academics and Industry with Sabine Jung
Not sure if your major is a good fit for you? Worried about finding an internship or job? Check out our conversation with Sabine Jung as we take a look at defining your own unique path at school and how that can translate into looking for jobs that are right for you!
“My method to find an internship pivoted from cold-applying to directly networking with people so that there was a way to explain more about my unique background and major as, unfortunately, a resume is sometimes not enough to communicate that information clearly.”
— Sabine Jung
🤔 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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