Photo Essay: OOAD Workshop for Foundation Students

28 Aug — 8 Sept 2017 at N3 Campus, Srishti

At Srishti, we have two studio cycles of 5 weeks in each semester. And a two-week slot of the workshop in between the cycles. The students of this workshop have just started their journey in Srishti and spent only about one month doing few classes on generic skills. They had little to no information or related course work from the discipline they had signed up. This workshop is supposed to be their first interface to introduce them to this domain and set the right expectations which will help them get a clearer idea of HCD.

Object Oriented Analysis & Design (OOAD) is a design paradigm — is the process of planning a system of interacting objects generally to solve a (software) problem.

Object Oriented Analysis & Design — The lesser talked paradigm in design schools

Most either do not see the relevance of OOAD beyond software or disregard it by it being too technical. It all started with a question that I asked my self — Can students with little to no understanding of imperative paradigm or programming itself, learn this? After all, OOAD is about decomposition of the complexity of the real world cases. So, why not extending OOAD to think and design systems beyond software.

Through this workshop, students were introduced to this paradigm and its significance for HCD/IXD. This approach can be useful not just for designing software but also beyond that. Along with OOD, they were also exposed to Processing programming language as a medium to sketch interactions.

Students setting up the room for their exhibition on the final day of 10 day workshop (28 Aug — 8 Sep 2017) at Srishti N3 Campus — Room 307
Students demonstrating their prototype of a wrist band by using a mobile phone screen.
Left to Right — The exhibition remained full and lively throughout the day; One of the student explaining their work to the faculty; Students visually mapped their learning experience in this 10-day workshop.

The assignments that were given to the students’ involved tasks to understand the underlying complexity through OOAD artifacts and then rethinking interactions through video and Processing.

Thanks to all the students for being amazing throughout the workshop. Akshata, Atharva, Disha, Jaidev, Janaki, Keshav, Kineri, Maithili, Oorja, Pahel, Ramya, Ridhima, Shriya, Sneha, Vanshika, Yamini.