Subject: Design Studio

Scientific Area:



80 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - The course aims to provide the students with a theoretical framework and techniques to develop a Hu man-Computer Interaction design project. It also aims to stimulate their creativity and awareness of societal/market/user needs. The practical part of the course relies on the development of projects, and the tutoring by the teacher to those projects.
2 - Students work as teams to develop a semester-long Human-Computer Interaction project where they go through several design, implementation and evaluation cycles. Each team will develop a product/service to solve a given design problem. Students are encouraged to submit their work to international design competitions, such as the one at the CHI conference.


1 - Introduction to Design Studio
2 - Brainstorming
3 - Benchmarking
4 - Project management
5 - Sketching, wireframes, storyboards, personas and scenarios
6 - Concepting
7 - Concept pitching and team building
8 - Project proposal
9 - Prototyping
10 - Project development
11 - Project progress presentations
12 - User testing
13 - Final project presentation


Buxton, Bill , 2007 , Sketching U ser Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design , San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann
Moggridge, B. , 2006 , Designing Interactions , Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Norman, Donald , 2002 , The Design of Everyday Things , New York: Basic Book s
England, Elaine, and Andy Finney , 2007 , Managing Interactive Media: Project Managem ent for Web and Digital Media , Harlow: Addison-Wesley

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Teaching is theoretical-practical. The theoretical par t is based on the bibliography for the course, and the practical part is based on the student projects. There are 3 assignments and a final project, developed in a group. Students are also evaluated by their participation in class. The evaluation percentages are: 1) participation in class: 10%; 2) assignments (20% x 3): 60%; 3) final project: 30%