ISM 320 Advanced Principles of Interactivity

Denise Nacu

Office: Daley 200C
Spring 2019-2020
Class number: 30576
Section number: 601
W 10:00AM - 1:15PM
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This course explores principles of interactivity in theory and application. Through a series of projects, students will create sketches, wireframes, workflows, and interactive prototypes that solve problems and reflect design principles.  This course is focused on building design and prototyping proficiency, grappling with complex design problems, thinking through solutions, and articulating design rationales in conversations, presentations, and through deliverables. 


Universal Principles of Design - 2nd edition, Revised and Updated edition. Lidwell, Holden & Butler, Rockport Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 978-1592535873


Grading is based on the following:

  • Self-directed prototyping practice. Using online resources and peer support, students will practice skills in using various UX prototyping tools.
  • Principles Presentation. To develop understanding and application of design principles to the design of interactive systems, students will present principles and found examples.
  • Critique and Redesign Project. Students will complete an individual UX design project that requires analysis of an existing system and a redesign of some aspect of it.
  • Final Project. Students will select a final UX project that links to course themes and provides an opportunity to practice prototyping skills.
  • Peer feedback. Students will practice analyzing and discussing UX design through peer feedback and discussion.


ISM 220 or GD 215 or GD 216

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