Spring 2017

Advanced Interaction Design

COGS 160

Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30PM – 1:50PM, WLH 2113

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Scott Klemmer, Atkinson 1601B, Office Hours: Thursdays 5:00PM ‒ 6:00PM


This is a studio class for students who are passionate about diving deep into interaction design and honing their design skills. Introduces social computing, input & interaction techniques, and information design. Students will regularly present their work in a studio format. The class will be pretty informal, and we'll adjust things as we go. So if there's something you'd like to see, let me know! Note: As an advanced class, the assignment descriptions will be sparser and more open-ended than in an intro class. You'll need to do more work to creatively interpret the design briefs. This will be a great class for students who seek creative freedom. Students who prefer that all details be specified should not take this class.

COGS 160 is a 4-unit course, open to all students who meet two pre-reqs: (CSE 8B or CSE 11) and (Cogs 120 or CSE 170)..
Students registered for the class will receive a letter grade; the "credit/no credit" option is not available.
Students in this course are encouraged to enroll in the Design at Large seminar for 1 unit (details).

Course Structure

Each week, we will cover a topic in Interaction Design. For some, you will prep with a reading/video. You will complete a short design project for each. When assignments are due, please bring a print copy of your work to class.

Parts of the course expand on topics introduced in my online classes on Social Computing and Input & Interaction.


Date Topic Readings
Tu 9/29 What is Social Computing?
What makes Social Computing hard?
Th 10/1 A1: Coordination Online & IRL
Tu 10/6 How (can) distance collaboration succeed?
6 Questions for Successful Social Media
Th 10/8 A2: Compare, Contrast, & Cross-Pollinate
Tu 10/13 No class
Th 10/15 Input Intro
Tu 10/20 Q1: Estimating Input Speed A3: Your Minority Report
Th 10/22
Tu 10/27
Th 10/29 A4: The search
Tu 11/3
Th 11/5 A5: Tablet Wireframe
Tu 11/10 A6: Responsive
Th 11/12 Responsive Recap
Tu 11/17 A7: Computing by the Inch, Foot, & Yard
Th 11/19 A7 Presentations continued
Tu 11/24 A8: Dashboards & Alerts
Th 12/3 A9: Design Blog


Participation: 10%
Assignments & Quizzes: 90% The quarter totals 250 points. Each assignment is worth 24. The quiz is worth 9.