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BA Methodology Course

Lecturer: Karmen Franinovic [karmen.franinovic@zhdk.ch] Date: 21.02.2011 - 6.06.2011, each Monday Time: 17:00 - 19:00 Room:        Sq504 or Sq10 Course description A design method is always related to a specific design question it aims to answer and a specific goal it aims to accomplish.  Interaction design process applies different methods in several stages of project development: Context/User Research, Concept Generation, Idea Testing, Prototype Development, Prototype Evaluation, Iteration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interaction_design#Methodologies). However, interaction design methods are numerous and offer a number of different ways to proceed in your project. This course will help you identify the most suitable methods for your thesis, and will help you take fruitful directions during the BA project development. The goal of this course is to help you  identify methods that are best suited to develop your thesis, and to define a methodology (structure in which different methods are connected) specific for your design question/problem. Your project development is structured in following steps:
  • STEP 0 Problem definition
  • Methods: design space mapping, brainstorming, etc.
  • STEP 1 Background research
    • Methods: comparative analysis, literature survey  etc.
  • STEP 2 User, context, technology inquiry
    • Methods: direct and participatory observation, video ethnography, interviews, questionnaires, cultural probes etc.
  • STEP 3 Idea Generation
    • Methods: sketching, bodystorming, brainstorming, participatory methods, extreme characters,etc
  • STEP 4 Representing interactive experience
    • Methods: mockups, video scenarios etc.
  • STEP 5 First prototype
    • Methods: task defining, problem solving, trial and error etc.
  • STEP 6 Evaluation
    • Methods: user testing (in and out of the real context of use), acting out an experience, participatory methods, data analysis etc.
  • STEP 7 Iterated prototype
    • Methods: technical improvement, scenarios with working prototype etc.
Blog, Deliverables and Deadlines The deliverables must be documented on your BA design process blog. The blog is as the documentation of your BA work as well as the main source of the material for your written thesis. All deliverables are specified in the schedule below. Deliverables must be uploaded on your blog the day before the class. Not meeting the deadline will result in reduction of your final grade. Class Activities Individual meetings are limited to 10 minutes each. This schedule will be kept, so please come prepared to the meeting with documentation and questions. This course is additional advising and the main supervision will be provided by the main mentors of your BA final work. Open presentations (10-20 min) are presentations in which all teachers are present.  You also may invite external visitors, experts and students.