HCI 412 HCI Design Fundamentals I

Cynthia Putnam

Office: CDM 736
Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 35872
Section number: 901
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus
Course homepage: see d2l


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In HCI 412, we will focus on visual design basics. We will evaluate, critique and create two-dimensional artifacts (using digital and non-digital tools). Introduction to design principles and elements that include unity, emphasis, balance, rhythm, gestalts, color, line, value, shape, patterns and perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate, critique and create two-dimensional artifacts using design principles that include unity, balance, emphasis, rhythm and gestalt theory.
  • Demonstrate, through the creation of two-dimensional artifacts, an understanding of design principles and use of elements that include color, line, value, shape, patterns and perspective (and illusion of space).
  • Create sketched artifacts that communicate a clear understanding of design principles and elements.
  • Show proficiency in digital manipulation of two-dimensional digital artifacts and images using common drawing and paint tools.



  • Design Basics | David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak, Design Basics - Eigth Edition, 2011 | ISBN: 978-0495915775
  • OR Design Basics | David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak, Design Basics - Ninth Edition, 2015 | ISBN: 978-1285858227


  • A = 94-100
  • A- = 90-93
  • B+ = 88-89
  • B = 84-87
  • B- = 80-83
  • C+ = 78-79
  • C = 74-77
  • C- = 70-74



Other requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (access described in class)
  • Supplemental instruction at LYNDA.COM is required (free for DePaul students)
  • Sketching/Drawing supplies
    • Paper: Whatever printing paper you have is fine; I use a drawing paper in the movies that has a nice tooth to it.
    • Sketch Pad Board - something like this - size is up to you
    • Pencils:Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black, Carbon Blend Provides Jet Black Lines
    • Pencils:Staedtler Mars Lumograph Art Drawing Pencils, 12 Pack (4H - 6B) Graphite Pencils
    • Eraser:Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser
    • Kneaded Eraser
    • Blending Stumps
    • Pencil Sharpener
    • 30 - 60 Triangle (at least 12") or an adjustable 45
    • Drafting Dots or other similar tape


  • Proportional Divider Drawing Tool for Artists
  • Architectural Ruler
  • Scanner
  • Tracing paper (I use them rolls)
  • Precision Tip Pen Style Eraser

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

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Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296