This is a website for students taking the Design Studies / HCI course at the Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg. Class materials, lecture notes, updates, deadlines, deliverables and other information will be posted here throughout the semester.
Designers don’t just create new products and systems; they are responsible for structuring the environments and capacities within which people live and work. To do this well, they need to understand the kinds of problems that arise through the use of designed artefacts and systems, and to be able to redesign technologies to support (rather than hinder) human activities.
This course will develop your skills in pinpointing interaction problems with technologies, appreciating the role of artefacts and technologies in the accomplishment of cooperative work. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the theories and tools covered in class through undertaking an analysis of a work setting, and proposing a redesign of the artefact(s) or technologies in question.
The course will be delivered through a series of lectures and practical exercises geared at enabling participants to develop these skills. Classes will run 9:00-12:00 in U402 at Alsion on select Mondays throughout the semester.