HCD 590 Advanced Topics in Human Centered Design

Ovetta Sampson

Spring 2023-2024
Class number: 35208
Section number: 930
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus

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The ubiquity of AI in product design makes it essential for human-centered designers to understand, influence and decide how AI products are developed. This course offers designers the tools needed to confidently integrate human-centered design methods including ethnography, prototyping and testing into artificial intelligence for responsible product development. This course also offers principles for designing with GenAI as well as traditional machine learning methods. 


With a combination of lecture, readings, case study examples and guest lectures from AI design professionals, students will learn how to integrate data into research planning to identify and reduce bias as well as gain a better understanding of how to augment user research practices to create more responsible and human-centered AI design outcomes. 


Students will apply their knowledge by using the design-thinking process to conceptualize a new AI product. Students will also use what they observe and hear to develop their own responsible framework for designing AI products and services as well as pursue a passion project to bring new skills into fruition. These skills include problem framing, articulating project goals, designing and conducting interviews, and thematic analysis.


Suggested Texts (Excerpts will used)

O'Neil, C. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Broadway Books, 2016.

Eubanks, V. Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Benjamin, Ruha. Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Polity Press, Medford MA.

Gray, Mary L., Suri, Siddharth, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicone Valley from Building a New Global Underclass. Harper Collins, New York, NY


Grade Proportion

Course Requirement


Class participation 


Discussion lead 


Weekly writing/activity assignments 


Final Project Assignments and Presentation


Designer’s responsible Statement

100 %



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