Modes of Human Experience

"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 class will provide a comprehensive introduction to principles of five basic modes of the human experience.

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Emotional

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to know and communicate the issues concerning the modes of human experience and their principles for better design. This will help students with their design thinking and enable them to be user-centric in their ideation of new design solutions.

Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution