CS 179: Design of Useful and Usable Interactive Systems, Spring 2017

Basic Course Information

IMPORTANT: If you want to take the class, please fill out the enrollment survey and submit HW1 by Thursday Jan 26 5pm.

Location: Pierce 301 (SEAS)

Meeting Time: Tuesday, Thursday 2:30pm – 4:00pm; see office hours in calendar below


Ofra Amir: oamir@seas.harvard.edu

See syllabus for course objectives and policies

Teaching Fellows:


  • Piazza (please use Piazza to ask questions about homework assignments, etc.)
  • Canvas (where you'll find the readings and discussion forums to post your reading responses)

Due this week:

Wednesday (2/22), 11:59PM:

Readings this week:

Tuesday (2/21)

Thursday (2/24)

Optional readings:

    • The Law of Amplification. Chapter 2 of Kentaro Toyama’s “Greek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology”