Assigned Readings

Assigned Readings

Each of the project teams in the class will take a turn introducing one of the readings. The first sets of readings below have a project team name next to them. Members of the team typically get started on the reading one class session before the rest of the class. They then make a presentation at the start of the next class, based on the following four points, to assign the reading set to the rest of the class (for them to complete by the following class session).

  1. The main themes and takeaways from the reading [2 minutes]
  2. A reflection on the value of the techniques/ideas presented in this reading [2 minutes]
  3. How examples from the reading can be discussed in terms of other technologies and interfaces that are emerging today or will be soon. [3 minutes]
  4. How the reading influenced how you and/or your team approach the project with take aways from the reading in mind (concrete actions) [3 minutes].


Below is a list of all the readings and the teams assigned to them.


The time slots are 10 minutes to present the total set of readings. The rule of thumb is 2 minutes per person presenting and everyone presents. People can pair up to present one paper or article.

Reading 1 (Teaching Team)

kick-off presentation 9/10/18

all students complete readings by 9/13/18



Reading 2 (Sporks)

kick-off presentation 9/17/18

all students complete readings by 9/20/18



Reading 3 (Ladle)

kick-off presentation 9/24/18

all students complete readings by 9/27/18

Read the User Profiles chapter in the protected Readings area until the “cluster the attributes” header about 13 pages in. [link to protected readings page]

Also read

Wilkens, Todd. "Avoiding Half-Baked Personas" Ideas. adaptive path. 11 January 2011. http://adaptivepath.org/ideas/avoiding-half-baked-personas/


Reading 4 (Spatula)

kick-off presentation 10/1/18

all students complete readings by 10/4/18


Pick 2 of the 5 areas listed below to read individually. Try to make sure at least one person on your team has read each section


(1) Review of Research:

Interviewing Humans (Just Enough Research)


(2) Personas:

Personas, Dead Yet?


(3) Design Scenarios:

Design Scenarios


(4) Brainstorming Meetings:

How to Run a Brainstorming Meeting


(5) Sketching:

Sketches vs. Prototypes

Clarity is not always the right path to enlightenment (Sketching User Experiences pp 115-118).

Reading 5 (Skewer)

kick-off presentation 10/11/18

all students complete readings by 10/15/18

From Caroline Snyder's Paper Prototyping PDF in the protected readings page

  • Chapter 8 (Introduction to Usability Test Facilitation)
  • Chapter 9 (Usability Testing with a Paper Prototype)
  • Chapter 11 (Data) at least up to the middle of p.247 (up to "Debriefing Meeting")
  • Also as much of Chapter 4 (Making a Paper Prototype) as you find useful. There are lots of good tips, so it's worth at least flipping through.

Reading 6 (Slotted Spoon + Ice Cream Scoop)

kick-off presentation 10/15/18

all students complete readings by 10/18/18

6a: Ice Cream Scoop - Errors

6b: Slotted Spoon - Accessibility

All of these guidelines are good design principles in general, not just good for accessibility. They look a little long but is mostly bulleted and quite quick to read.


Reading 7 (Sporks)

kick-off presentation 10/21/18

all students complete readings by 10/24/18


Evaluating Prototyping Tools: Review tools in Additional Resources section

Nielsen Heuristics: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ten-usability-heuristics/

Cognitive Walkthroughs: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/how-to-conduct-a-cognitive-walkthrough

Platform Specific Guidelines (either do the one applicable to your project, or one you find interesting -- you don't need to read all of these! Please make the summary more about how generic design differs from platform specific).

Apple, Android , Voice (Alexa), AR/VR

Reading 8 (Ladle)

kick-off presentation 10/28/18

all students complete readings by 10/31/2018

Wireframing

https://blog.prototypr.io/getting-started-with-wireframes-8aff9b92a4c0#.1gim6dvrg (also talks about tools)

https://www.uxpin.com/wireframing-hands-on-guide?section=how-to-build-an-interactive-wireframe

[optional] https://medium.com/@dustin/how-to-get-value-from-wireframes-f40c2cf27960#.jevdcy95k


Reading 9 (Spatula)

kick-off presentation 11/5/18

all students complete readings by 11/8/18

Topic: Motion Design --> For this reading, use visuals from the readings to help support your summary (can connect to projector for class)


Reading 10 (Skewer)

kick-off presentation 11/12/18

all students complete readings by 11/15/18

Topic "Little Big Details" --> For this reading, use visuals from the examples to help support your summary (can connect to projector for class)

Reading wrap up (Slotted Spoon + Ice Cream Scoop)

kick-off presentation 11/26/18

Revisit any 5 readings from the semester that your team found the most helpful and explain why in terms of your own project.

-or-

Tie learnings from the optional readings given during the "Designing with Perspective" class session to your project: