Skip to Main Content
of desiGn

Modes of Human Experience




Human Advocacy

Credit Hours


Introduces key principles and surrounding factors of the human experience for design efforts.

“User Centeredness” is an understanding of a complex and wide range of influences that affect how people respond to the designed world. This course introduces students to the principles and surrounding factors of the human experience and how to incorporate these perspectives into their work. Combined physical, cognitive, social, cultural, and emotional factors comprise the totality of the human experience and thus are central concerns to fully understand and become “user-centered”.

Learning Objectives

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the principles of five basic modes (factors) of the human experience: Physical, Cognitive, Social, Cultural, and Emotional. Students will learn the historical context of these principles as well as contemporary application in various fields of design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know and communicate issues concerning the modes of human experience and their principles for better design
  • Able to incorporate appropriately insights from exploring the modes of experience to be user-centered and innovative

Enrollment Restrictions

No prerequisites. This course is open to all Institute of Design students.