Skills and Techniques, ID
During this first course you will be introduced to many of the
basic tools and workshop facilities that you will utilize
throughout your two years of study (more...).
5ID076 Project 1: Professional Product
The first of the core projects within the curriculum, the
Professional Product project emphasizes the professional user.
This project focuses on methods of design investigation including
observational studies, contextual enquiry, interviews and
task-analysis. Seminars introduce different approachs to
user-centered design (more...).
5ID075 Graphic Design
This course covers the fundamentals of graphic design,
typography, layout, logotype design and pictograms as applied to
interactive media. You will continue to refine the conceptual user
interface developed in the previous project course and the expected
results include graphical profile, screen layouts for different
kinds of interactive platforms.
5ID077 Form Workshop
This block starts off with two weeks of individual portfolio
work. It is followed by a short 3-week course conducted as a
collaboration between students from the Interaction Design
and Advanced Product
Design programmes, where you will engage with
exercises and experiments designed to investigate the topics of
sound, imagery and action. Training is provided in the relevant
software for creating and treating sound, and lectures in
industrial sound are given. In this course you will explore the
relationships between sounds, product identity and brand (more...).
5ID193 Communication Design for Co-creation
The overall aim of this 5-weeks course is to explore alternative
ways, through traditional and new media, to visualize and
communicate information with focus on Service Design and to provide
training in running co-creative design processes together with
users and stakeholders (more...).
5ID079 Project 2: General Product (Service
The second core project in the curriculum is the 10-weeks
General Product project, where you will engage with methods and
approaches including design ethnography and observational
studies. You will address products and services like
healthcare facilities, public transportation or public services,
and you will look at a whole population as potential users as
opposed to specific social or professional groups. In this project
you will work within a "service design" perspective, looking at
people interacting with equipment, environments, services and other
people rather than interacting with a single isolated product or
product group (more...).
5ID081 Experience Prototyping
This 5-week course is aimed at providing you with the skills you
need to prototype many different forms of interaction with relevant
technologies. Broken into week-long modules, each with a different
focus, this is a crash-course in the tools you need to make (or
fake) all your interaction prototyping needs (more...).
5ID082 Project 3: Interaction Concept
The third core project in the curriculum, the 10-week
Interaction Concept project aims to introduce the practice and
understanding of interaction design, as it is perceived at the Umeå
Institute of Design. We try to move away from an "object-oriented"
design approach by specifying project deliverables in the form of
an interactive process rather than a physical product. We emphasize
the idea of people-to-people interaction mediated by a process or a
technology rather than person-to-object interaction. In this
project, techniques and methods for prototyping interaction are
emphasized, building upon the skills acquired in the experience
prototyping course (more...).
5ID188 Creative Reflections on Interaction Design
This 5-weeks course serves as preparation for the final thesis
in the programme. The course include individual reflections about
project themes, methods and the process of design in combination
with the student's own design philosophy. It aims at exploring the
potential of influencing and developing the work methods and
process of design and thereby strengthen role of the professional
industrial designer of the future.
5ID202 Degree Project
The final core project in this program runs for 20 weeks
and is a self-directed investigation into an area of your choosing.
This project is normally done in cooperation with a corporate
sponsor or external partner, established on the initiative of the
student. You are expected to identify design opportunities,
establish contact with stakeholders and write a project brief which
includes project goals, description of methods, anticipated
deliverables and outline budget. The process of defining the
projects starts early in the third semester and is done in dialogue
with the Programme Director. You will receive tutoring support
throughout the project, with regular checkpoints to assess your
progress. Your final results will be exhibited at the end of
the year Degree Exhibition.