Syllabus: Interaction & Service Design Concepts

Principles, Perspectives, and Practices

Seminar 1, Fall 2015
Carnegie Mellon School of Design

Prof. Molly Wright Steenson

What we’ll be doing

Your mission… (reflective essays): 25%

Participation: 25%

Leading discussion & conversation (2x): 15%

Final paper: 30%

Paper presentation: 5%

Readings, course schedule & missions

Origin stories

Week 1

Watch Bill Moggridge’s apocryphal story about the birth of interaction design, from the documentary Objectified. For as beautiful and thoughtful as the Grid’s exterior was, it was the interaction with its software that produced its soul. This is one origin story of interaction design.

Week2

Systems Approaches

Week 3

The “How to Solve It” chart in Pólya’s book by the same title, 1945. How do you see this reflected in approaches to design process today?

Week 4

Week 5

Paul Pangaro leading a conversation about conversation

Week 6

Social Constructions and Values

Week 7

Week 8: Individual meetings on paper topics

Week 9

Week 10

Practices

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13, Concluding the seminar

Week 14: Final week of class meetings

Week 15: No class, final papers due Monday, 12/14, 9 am

Things I had to cut and wish I hadn’t had to

Interaction & Service Design Concepts: Principles, Perspectives & Practices

Graduate Seminar 1, Fall 2015, Carnegie Mellon School of…

Interaction & Service Design Concepts: Principles, Perspectives & Practices

Graduate Seminar 1, Fall 2015, Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Collection of the Seminar’s Work

Molly Wright Steenson

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Interaction & Service Design Concepts: Principles, Perspectives & Practices

Graduate Seminar 1, Fall 2015, Carnegie Mellon School of Design, Collection of the Seminar’s Work