This unit introduces students to the principles of product design and their application in interaction design projects. This includes conceptualising computer-based implementations of product interfaces, and using hardware platforms, such as Arduinos or littleBits, for prototyping physical computing interfaces. It introduces the core concepts of physical prototyping, basic electronic concepts, hardware programming, as well as aesthetic issues in product design. The unit covers: prototyping techniques for physical user interfaces, methods of programming and assessing interactive products, knowledge of a range of product design techniques, especially in relation to interactive contexts, and awareness of issues of aesthetics in physical computing interfaces.
seminar and tutorial 3hrs/wk
Product Design Assignments (80%); Quizzes (20%)
DECO1006 or DECO2016