Course Description

How does good design enhance or facilitate interaction between people? How does good design make the experience people have with computational objects and environments not just functional, but emotionally engaging and stimulating? This course will cover visual design basics (e.g., color, layout, typography, iconography) in order to have systematic and critical understanding of aesthetically engaging interfaces. Students will get a hands-on learning experience on these topics through design workshops and critiques, course projects, and discussions, in addition to lectures and readings.

teaching team


40% Weekly assignments (weekly blog posts)
30% Participation
30% Final project

office hours

Kimiko: Wednesdays 11:15am-12:15pm at 307A South Hall and by appointment
Lisa: TBD and by appointment
Ellen: Wednesdays 2:00- 3:00pm in South Hall colab and by appointment


The course meets every Friday from 12 to 2 PM in 202 South Hall.