GRA462 - Interactive Design I

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Subject Title
Interactive Design I

Subject Description
This course explores modes of interactivity prevalent in design today. Beginning with a brief historical look  at interactivity and the way it has shaped current design trends, this course progresses towards  considerations of the evolving future of interaction design. By creating prototypes and completing usability  tests, students will expand their knowledge of the design process to include consideration of audience,  cognition and context as they relate to the design of visual interfaces. 
The foundation of interactive design is applying design principles (such as unity, scale, contrast and  proportion), to the organization, restraint and representation of complex user controlled data structures.  Therefore the viewer and his/her relationship to the data will be explored. Looking at numerous interactive  media types will illustrate how data in conjunction with its context evolves into the design. By analyzing  common errors in existing visual interfaces, students learn to see how interactive designs fail or succeed  and why.
The course uses theory and research in combination with practical application, to bring a user-centered  design perspective to developing digitally based applications.

Credit Status
Graphic Design Diploma Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles and elements of interactive and interface design.
  2. Evaluate, analyze and redesign existing digital interfaces.
  3. Develop a clear and usable interface design that entails information architecture/hierarchy,  navigation principles, and design principles.
  4. Design multiple solutions and prototypes; create a visual interface for one of their graphic  design projects.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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