CS 147: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Autumn 2023
Introduces fundamental methods and principles for designing, implementing, and evaluating user interfaces. Topics: user-centered design, rapid prototyping, experimentation, direct manipulation, cognitive principles, visual design, social software, software tools. Learn by doing: work with a team on a quarter-long design project, supported by lectures, readings, and studios. Prerequisite: 106B or X or equivalent programming experience. Recommended that CS Majors have also taken one of 142, 193P, or 193A, or are currently taking 147L.
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Student Quick Actions
Project Expo

Friday, Dec. 8

Assignment 10: Poster, Pitch, Demo Video

Draft due Dec 4
Final due Dec 6

Assignment 8: Interactive Hi-fi Prototype

Midway due by studio week 9
Video demo due by Wed, Dec 6
Complete due by studio week 10

Design Workshops
Figma Basics

Past Recording

Learn how to use auto-layout and basic prototyping techniques to build any interface. For beginners.
Design Systems

Past Recording

Learn how to create a design system, from colors to components. For beginner and intermediate levels.
Accessible Design

Past Recording

Beyond an inclusive design process, how can we concretely build accessibly? For all levels.
Course Components
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The dt+UX course focuses on bringing design thinking, processes, and tools to user experience design. From sketching to hands-on studio sessions, students in the dt+UX course learn the importance of making many design artifacts before narrowing down the space to focus on a final design.
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Prototyping is the key tool to move ideas out of a designer's head and put them into a tangible form to evalaute for inclusion in the next design iteration. Students in the dt+UX course produce protoypes that range from paper sketches to concept videos to wireframes to code running on the target platform.
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Evaluation is how we choose whether a design or feature moves forward in our process or needs to be discarded or revised. Students in the dt+UX course learn and use evaluation techniques that run the gamut from critique to expert evaluation to usability testing in the lab or field to remote usability testing.