DMA 204 Design Core • 5 Cr.

Description

This course will introduce students to interaction design. Course covers aspects of producing compelling interactive designs and explores the use of icons, navigation, composition and layout, typography, scalability, and usability. Topics include design standards, creating navigation, asset management and introduces the concepts of dynamic content and scalability for various devices. Prerequisite: DMA 203 at BC with a C- or better, or permission of instructor.

Outcomes

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Apply basic design theory to basic compositions produced on the screen 
  • Demonstrate color theory by creating interactive compositions 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of typographic families and best use practices in choosing fonts for the screen. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic layout techniques 
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze designs for the effectiveness of visual appeal and communication of messages to an audience. 
  • Identify and describe the range of graphic assets commonly created in a commercial design environment. 
  • Identify the design elements that will provide a user-friendly presentation 
  • Identify the importance and the critical steps in testing for usability at different stages of the development cycle. 
  • Explain the use of prototyping to evaluate and validate usability. 
  • Develop a testing plan including identification of users, a creation of tasks to be tested, and the logistics and procedures to conduct the testing. 
  • Analyze test results and develop recommendations for design changes.