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Design Principles: an Introduction

Design Principles: an Introduction

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Design Principles: an Introduction

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What makes an interface intuitive? How can I tell whether one design works better than another? This course will teach you fundamental principles of design and how to effectively evaluate your work with users. You'll learn fundamental principles of visual design so that you can effectively organize and present information with your interfaces. You'll learn principles of perception and cognition that inform effective interaction design. And you'll learn how to perform and analyze controlled experiments online. In many cases, we'll use Web design as the anchoring domain. A lot of the examples will come from the Web, and we'll talk just a bit about Web technologies in particular. When we do so, it will be to support the main goal of this course, which is helping you build human-centered design skills, so that you have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology.


Design Principles: an Introduction is course 2 of 8 in the Interaction Design Specialization.

You will learn how to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration. You'll learn how to generate design ideas, techniques for quickly prototyping them, and how to use prototypes to get feedback from other stakeholders like your teammates, clients, and users. You'll also learn principles of visual design, perception, and cognition that inform effective interaction design.


Week 1

Welcome and Course Overview

Direct Manipulation and Representations

  1. Getting Started
  2. Getting the most out of this Specialization
  3. Direct Manipulation: Intro
  4. Representations
  5. Distributing Cognition
  6. Assignment 1
  1. Assignment: Direct Manipulation and Representations
Week 2

Visual Design and Information Design

  1. Visual Design: Intro
  2. Information Design
  3. Assignment 2
  1. Assignment: Visual and Information Design
Week 3

Designing Experiments

  1. Experimental Design
  2. Online Experiments
  3. Comparing Rates
  4. Assignment 3
  5. Cumulative Quiz
  1. Assignment: Designing Experiments
  2. Quiz: Cumulative Quiz

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