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2015/2016 Industrial Design Engineering Master Design for Interaction
Project Exploring Interactions
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. I.J. Mulder    I.J.Mulder@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
In this project, the students analyse current interactions, generate starting points for innovative designs, and develop new design concepts for interactions. In three iterative cycles the students gather and apply knowledge about current and envisioned interactions. Through this they generate an increasingly refined design concept.

IDEATE - in the first cycle the students explore a chosen situation. They formulate a design direction and goal. They conduct research in order to understand current interactions in the chosen situation. They apply the knowledge gained in the development of an interaction vision. They develop design ideas and initially test them through sketching and rough modelling.
ITERATE - in the second cycle the students form a design concept and produce rough models for first evaluations of the interactions. They develop the concept iteratively through further small interventions and tests in context.
DEMONSTRATE - in the final cycle the students adjust the concept to facilitate the desired interactions. They produce a detailed experiential prototype and evaluate it with users in the context of use. Students evaluate the prototype(s) with respect to the design goal and interaction vision.
Throughout the project, students independently explore a broad range of techniques. Tutors as well as fellow students are supporting the student in their process.
Study Goals
By the end of the project students should be able to:
Formulate clear and inspiring design goals.
Analyze user-product interactions in a specific situation or location using a variety of techniques.
Gather and apply specialist knowledge from the social and behavioural sciences in their design project.
Conduct small iterative research and design explorations to develop design ideas and concepts in relation to their chosen situation or location.
Conceptualize the above into new user-product interactions, through concepts for new products, services, environments or systems.
Communicate the findings and concepts effectively to other people.
Demonstrate a personal style, skills and a view on designing for interaction.
Education Method
Students work on an individual project. For parts of the project they are grouped in duos to share workload and insights. Two personal tutors per studio discuss the students' projects with the students weekly.
The project builds on knowledge acquired in the courses Product Understanding, Use and Experience (id4210) and Context and Conceptualisation (id4216).
Literature and Study Materials
A course guide providing the relevant information is available at the start of the project. Information and project support can be found on the accompanying website.
Students are assessed individually. Each cycle ends with a visually supported presentation and opportunity for discussion among the students, and with a formative assessment on the progress of the work by the staff. The final assessment is based on progress and results:
a progress workbook reflecting the student's design and research process during the project
results in the form of design and research reports, final concept, experiential prototype(s), as well as oral and visual presentations.
Enrolment / Application
A mandatory application for all courses (mandatory and electives courses) shall be made via the electronic applications system Osiris in the period that Osiris there to is opened. This period closes about 5 calendar weeks prior to the first day of the semester in which the programme starts; the faculty announces the exact deadline for application timely. The application for courses has to take place per semester, meaning for courses of 2 quarters at once.

See http://www.io.tudelft.nl/osiris for deadlines and details.

Special Information
Dr. I.J. Mulder
Email: I.J.Mulder@tudelft.nl