GD202 Interactive Design I

An Introduction to User Interface and User Experience Design

Stephen Bau
Jan 29, 2018 · 4 min read
Planning and sketching for interactive design. Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash.

Course Overview

Introduction to interactive mediums and the fundamentals of the interactive experience. With a focus on information architecture, interface design, and usability students will explore digital screens for web sites, mobile applications, and data-driven information systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize effective user interfaces for web sites, mobile applications, and data driven information systems.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

January 8

Introduction to Interactive Design

  • Defining interactive design.

The Importance of User Personas

  • Research user personas to your advantage. Assimilate target market and niches for your digital target audience. Evaluate user persona demographic, psychographic and thought processes.

Week 2

January 15

Planning Features

  • Plan a features list for an app. Learn about the implementation of information architecture and the planning process of data for an interactive web application.

The Importance of the Iteration Process

  • Review the design process: Features List, Sitemap, and Prototypes (sketches and wireframes), Mockups

Week 3

January 22

Site Maps

  • Design Kit, A human-centred approach to design: Inspiration, Ideation and Implementation.

Week 4

January 29

Prototypes: Sketches and Wireframes

Week 5

February 5

Styles and Mockups

  • Design patterns, systems, and frameworks.

Week 6

February 19

Prototyping and Wireframing with UX Design Tools

  • Discuss available tools and approaches to prototyping and wireframing.

Week 7

February 26

Publishing with Medium, Markdown and GitHub

  • Site publishing platforms, open source and the democratization of the web.

Week 8

March 5

Visual Design for Web Applications

  • Learn how to create a style tile.

Week 9

March 12

Responsive Web Design

  • Intro to Grid Layouts in Web Design.

Week 10

March 19

Introduction to HTML

  • Understanding web semantics and learn basic HTML tag structure.

Week 11

March 26

Introduction to CSS: Web Typography & Google Fonts

  • Applying google fonts in CSS, line height, font styles, and tracking.

Week 12

April 2

  • Easter Monday

Week 13

April 9

  • Continue to work on projects.

Project Submissions

  • Project 7: Custom Responsive Website Design Project.
    Due at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Textbooks, References, Materials

  • UFV Library Abbotsford

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Stephen Bau

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Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

Leading with Design

One’s position in an organization does not necessarily determine your opportunities to lead. We each have a part in designing the world around us.

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