Course Intro

Course Description

A class focusing on the basic principles of  interaction design, Interactive Design 01 will cover the practical issues and craft of designing for interaction. We’ll cover such issues as “what is interaction design?,” design as problem-solving, design research, information architecture, visual design for screen-based interfaces, prototyping, and will explore principles of “smart applications and clever devices.”  Students will use a blog to create a website — a “process blog” where they’ll detail the design process behind each of their class experiments and projects.  In addition, the course will encourage students to develop their basic skills in prototyping screen-based interfaces using tools such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Flash.

Course Structure

The first part of the course will focus on the basics of interaction design, research, visual design. and prototyping as it relates to the Web as the medium for interaction. The second part of the class will include the addition of designing and prototyping for mobile devices.

While some technical and prototyping skills will be covered throughout the term, students will be encouraged and directed towards external resources to supplement their technical knowledge.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Interactive Design 01, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss current issues of interactive design
  • Implement a successful process for designing for interaction
  • Design and produce a screen-based interface
  • Exhibit basic skills with prototyping tools


The textbooks required for this class are:

Class website

Interactive Design 01:


I recommend an USB Flash drive for backing up and transferring projects. Assignments and projects will be delivered as physical presentations or electronically from a server.

Basis for Evaluation

Class experiments, timely attendance, and in-class participation are a critical part of the grade. Keeping your process blog current and carefully detailing your process is considered to be part of your assignment and is also important.

In addition, the process of exploration is as important as the final product, so it is important that students manage time well and devote time to working on the projects during the course of a week. If class time is given as a work session and is not put to good use, students’ grades will be penalized. Work that is late will be lowered by a full grade.

Attendance & Participation 10%
Studio Experiments 20%
Midterm Project & Process Blog 25%
Final Project & Process Blog 45%


To complete a course successfully, students must attend all class sessions (unless they are engaged in research or location assignments that have been authorized in advance by the class instructor of the missed class). The instructor takes roll at the beginning of each class, and at the discretion of the instructor, three or more absences may result in a grade of F. Students who miss a class due to illness should discuss the absence with the instructor at the next class meeting. Students who are ill for a week or longer should contact their Department Chair’s office and inform them of their absence.

Requirement for Passing Class

The student is expected to participate in class discussions. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with the classes and the weekly assignments. If a student gets behind, it is his/her responsibility to catch up on what was missed. To receive full credit, all assignments are due on time. A late assignment will only be accepted one week after the due date with one grade drop. No assignments will be accepted after that week. You must communicate through e-mail if you can’t complete assignments due to illness or personal emergency.

The student must submit and be present during critiques for both the Midterm Project and Final Projects to pass this class. A late project for the midterm will be accepted only one week after the project is due. For the final project NO LATE PROJECT will be accepted (or incomplete grade given).

ACCD Classroom Code of Conduct
Academic and Creative Honesty

Plagiarism occurs when another person’s idea, language or image is borrowed or stolen in its entirety and is not properly acknowledged. When presenting written materials, the words of another must be placed within quotation marks and a reference to the source provided. We assume that artists and designers commonly draw on other artists’ work for reference or inspiration or to comment on those artists’ work. We encourage this type of exploration. However, there is a fine line between drawing inspiration from a piece and making a literal copy. When a student represents a literal copy of another artist’s work as his or her own, this is considered plagiarism. No student may disclose or exploit the ideas of another without that person’s express written permission.

Submission of the same work in two courses without explicit permission. Presenting all or part of work done for one course in another course requires permission of the instructors of the involved courses.

Unauthorized collaboration. In many course activities, other than examinations, collaboration is permitted and encouraged. Course syllabi and in-class instructions will usually identify situations where collaboration is prohibited, but the student shares responsibility for ascertaining whether collaboration is permitted.

Cheating: This is a very broad category encompassing a variety of forms of misrepresentation and fraud. Cheating is defined as accepting or giving aid to another during a written exam or for a written report unless authorized by the instructor, or accepting or giving aid to another for an individual studio project unless authorized by the instructor. This includes representing another person’s work as one’s own, or buying or selling written or visual work to be turned in for a class.

Cheating includes dependence on sources other than those specifically authorized by the instructor; possession of tests or other materials before such materials have been distributed by the instructor, unless prior permission is granted; and failing to abide by the instructions of the instructor with respect to test-taking procedures. Examples include sharing exam answers; presenting work done by another as one’s own; changing in any way work which may be reviewed in response to a grade reconsideration request; having a falsely identified person take an exam; or using notes, books and the like in closed-book examinations.

Policy Against Harassment

The College is committed to providing a safe environment for teaching and learning. All of us must work together to maintain an environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment. In keeping with this commitment, the College maintains a strict policy prohibiting unlawful harassment on campus, including sexual harassment and harassment based on race, sex, gender, color, national origin, age, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. Harassment of another individual or group, by any student or employee (including faculty and staff), or by any third parties, such as vendors or visitors, is strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions about what constitutes harassing behavior, please bring such questions to the attention of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students or any other senior member of the administration or faculty.

Please see the Student Handbook for additional guidelines on the above.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of the College that otherwise qualified students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodation, including academic adjustment and auxiliary aids where appropriate, to ensure access to the College’s overall educational program. Individual students shall receive reasonable and necessary accommodation, including adjustment and aids, based on specific information and assessment data provided by a qualified professional.

Students with disabilities should not wait until they are struggling with course work or facing academic probation before notifying Art Center of their disability and seeking special accommodations. The Student Disability Services Coordinator should be notified of disabilities and requests for accommodations by the student as soon as she or he is admitted, or as soon as the student’s need for accommodations becomes known to the student.

Students who have a documented disability must meet with the Disability Services Coordinator, Shane Hart (ext. 2323), to review the documentation and discuss required accommodations BEFORE they are implemented in the classroom. Please do not request extra time on an assignment or exam, testing in a separate environment or any other accommodation without written communication from the Disability Services Coordinator to your instructor that such accommodations are appropriate. Centralizing the accommodations approval process insures consistency and fairness for all students with documented disabilities and removes the faculty from the position of having to verify difficult and often sensitive disability issues.

The full Disability Policy can be found at