CSC 395 (Fall 2021)

Reading: Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Last week, we explored the fundamental principles of interaction and applied them to a variety of artifacts. With these fundamentals in hand, we will now explore human-centered design (HCD). We will follow the HCD process for our course project which we will also kick off this week.

(Note: as a matter of getting our bearings, chapters 2–5 dive into the intricacies of the principles of interaction. Feel free to read these chapters if you are motivated to do so; we’ll examine them gradually over the next few weeks.)

Reading Exercise

The HCD process is characterized by four stages: observation, ideation, prototyping, and testing. In a few sentences each describe:

  1. The goal of the stage—what are we trying to accomplish in this stage?
  2. At a high-level, how do we operate in this stage? What do we do?