The course consists of both theoretical and practical parts. The theoretical part presents the history and development of Human-Centered Design (HCD) from research to industrial applications. Relevant design theories and processes, such as user-centered design, rational unified process, ecological interface design and design of products for leisure and entertainment are covered in the course. Literature seminars provide additional theoretical grounding and reflection, as well as different industrial practical experience/problems where speakers representing different types of companies are invited.
The practical parts consist of laboratory work with usability evaluation methods and carrying out an investigation project at industry.
The industrial project will emphasize on;
1) How to investigate existing design process and usability problems in products.
2) How to implement a HCD process in a specific company, and 3) how to motivate potential benefits of the usability concept and human-centered design process in industry.
The project will be carried out in small groups.