Advanced DOIT (Design of Interactive Things)


Wendy Mackay, DR Inria

M1, M2, PhD

Advanced Design of Interactive Things (DOIT) builds upon the Introductory course, with the emphasis on understanding how to select design methods and how to create principled, customized design activities within a participatory design process.


The Intro DOIT course is a prerequisite for the Advanced DOIT course. The former values speed and effective collaboration, while providing a quick overview of a complete set of interaction design methods. The latter builds upon the techniques in the introductory course, but emphasizes participatory design to actively involve users throughout the design process.

Grading is based on your ability to identify key design problems from the user's perspective and your creativity in generating a solution inspired by design principles, especially co-adaptation and instrumental interaction.

The class will be divided into groups of three or four. You will be asked to create a novel interactive system that is designed to support an activity for your peers, for example, finding local sports facilities, transportation options, housing possibilities, or shopping options.

As in the Intro DOIT course, you will be asked to find out as much as you can about the problems users currently face, and then design and video prototype an original solution that addresses their needs. You will also run a participatory design workshop with users and revise it based on the results of a generative walkthrough.

Each group will present their final project on Wednesday, 17 February. Given the pandemic, the course is likely to be presented via video.


Detailed Course Schedule

T3 (trimester 3) on Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 - 12:30.

06 Jan
13 Jan
20 Jan
27 Jan
03 Feb
10 Feb
17 Feb Final presentations