DAT155 Aesthetics of Interaction, 7.5p ECTS, sp 2

Current course website: [2009]

Course website for previous years: [2008]

Content includes, but is not limited to:

- Overview of the history of aesthetics
- Overview of the history of industrial design
- Current standpoints in interaction aesthetics
- Gestalt, expressions and expression logic
- Designing audial expressions
- Expressions of form
- Computational technology as a design material
- Temporal aspects of interaction design
- Analysis of various aesthetic aspects of an interactive system or object
- The connection between design objectives, design rationale and aesthetic design decisions

Learning outcome
The course aims to give an understanding of central views and problems within aesthetics of interaction design; students will also explore it in practice.

After completing this course you will:
- Have an overarching knowledge of the history of aesthetics in general
- Have an overarching knowledge of the history of aesthetics in relation to industrial design
- Have a good knowledge of the ongoing discussion on aesthetics in relation to interaction design, i.e. interaction aesthetics
- Be aware of the importance and aesthetical effect of all kinds of expressions, not only visual ones.
- Know how to analyze an interactive system or object from an aesthetical standpoint (own or others)
- Be able to apply certain aesthetic values to a design
- Be trained in discussing and motivating your design choices
- Be trained in giving and receiving constructive feedback on design of interaction aesthetics

To summarize: After the course you should have a clear idea about what interaction aesthetics is and what to consider when designing the various aspects of it. Thus, you should be able to design an interactive object or system with a focus not only on functionality but also on aesthetics, and be able to provide a valid rationale for this design.

The course features both practical and theoretical parts, as well as work in groups and individual work. Lectures, literature and literature seminars give a theoretical foundation, which is immediately put into practice in a series of small exercises and one larger project. Focus is upon turning analysis and reflection into practical action. Focus is also on exchange of thoughts, feedback, designs and ideas. The course requires active participation; apart from work with the final project, participants will spend most of their study time at school, working in pairs or groups.