When designing a product, we must always consider the experience that the user will have while interacting with it, and we do this by visually sketching the product and our vision of how a user would interact with it. A pen-and-paper sketch helps us to conceptualize abstract design ideas more effectively, communicate these ideas to others, and get feedback. Regardless of your artistic skills, you can effectively, quickly, and inexpensively communicate design ideas by sketching; it is much faster (and cheaper) to modify or throw away a pen-and-paper sketch than a full prototype.
In this course, you will learn numerous techniques to improve your sketching skills in order to more clearly convey your design ideas and improve your design. In your course project, you will sketch many design ideas so that you can explore alternative ways of meeting the user requirements. You will also create a design concept based on one of those sketches, then expand the idea into a full scenario and storyboard of the user completing several tasks. Additionally, you will develop a user interface design concept to better envision how your users will actually interact with your design. Finally, you will update your sketches to better fit your user's mental model, as a designer's concept of the design doesn't always match with how a user thinks about it.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Effectively sketch your ideas to help you explore the design space
Express your design concept through scenarios and storyboards
Develop the user interface (UI) for your design concept
Explore the user's mental model to further improve the user interface
Senior Lecturer and Director of MPS, Cornell Computing and Information Science
Gilly Leshed is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). She also serves as the Director of the MPS program in Information Science.
Dr. Leshed received her Ph.D. at Cornell in Information Science in 2009. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering and Information Management Engineering, respectively. She also worked several years in the industry as an HCI expert for commercial flight-deck avionics systems as well as command and control systems for military purposes.