About This Course

This course teaches methods of creative problem solving and ideation, including sketching, drawing, diagramming, and the underlying approaches of abductive thinking and divergent thinking. Students learn how to quickly visualize ideas, iterating through variations, and allowing an idea to evolve quickly and effectively.


Core Concepts and Ideas

This class emphasizes the following main ideas, themes, and concepts:

  • Drawing and sketching as a public activity, in order to foster and facilitate collaborative discussion
  • Diagramming as a method of understanding and synthesizing complicated data, and as a collaborative decision making tool
  • Whiteboarding and group facilitation, for strategic group work and for fostering collaboration across disciplines
  • Rapid Ideation of interaction design solutions, using wireframes and other mid-level fidelity tools

Outcomes and Competencies

The following outcome statements articulate the competencies, abilities, and skills a student will have as a result of completing this class. Students will...

  • Be able to quickly visualize ideas through various tools, including analog and digital sketching, rapid physical prototyping, whiteboarding and diagramming
  • Be able to model complicated systems and services through the use of diagrams, and use these diagrams to provoke facilitation and design discussion and rationalization
  • Understand how to communicate through sketching, both in a formal capacity as well as in a real-time, facilitation style
  • Be able to quickly iterate through interface design, using input from real users to inform decisions

Course Schedule

    In Class Out of Class

Mon

10/28

Introduction to Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving

Mental Models, Concept Models, User Goals, and Tasks

Create concept model & task list of existing product solution

Re-design the concept model and task list – for the existing product solution.

Wed

10/30

Writing scenarios for interfaces

Flows, Controls, States & Feedback

Begin presentation

Create initial scenarios for primary tasks

Mon

11/4

Assignment 1 Due – Concept Models & Hero flow scenarios

Continue working on scenarios for other tasks

Begin sketching UI

Wed

11/6

Think aloud testing

Process flow diagrams

Begin initial wireframes

Begin presentation

Read “Micro Interactions” chapters 1, 2,3

Mon

11/11

Iteration 1 Due

Test and revise

Wed

11/13

Edge cases, form design, micro interactions, Modals, & Frequency

Create presentation

Mon

11/18

Iteration 2 Due

Create UI revisions

Wed

11/20

Presenting UI work

Test and revise

Mon

11/25

Iteration 3 Due

Create UI revisions; test and revise

Wed

11/27

No Class – Thanksgiving

 

Mon

12/2

Bridging User Expectations & System Expectations (FTUE)

Interaction Models

Create presentation

Wed

12/4

Iteration 4 Due

Create UI revisions; test and revise

Mon

12/9

Semantic Zoom, Temporal Zoom for Ecosystem Extensions

Create presentation

Wed

12/11

Iteration 5 Due

Create UI revisions; test and revise

Mon

12/16

Work Session

Create presentation

Wed

12/17

Iteration 6 Due