RTS.RESEARCH!

INTERFACING TO COMPLEXITY

DMS 515 / 415
Reg.#23485, Mon 14:00 - 16:30


New washing machines have become too complicated to operate without a manual while some automobiles alert drivers of problems of unknown severity with a single blinking 'engine light', a new source of 21st century anxiety. Such experiences are the result of not only poor design, but of inadequate mapping of complex events. This seminar / lab will investigate how experiential interfaces (visual, audio, haptic), and the software that controls them, interact with complex systems 'below'. The course will investigate the mapping of complexity from source to interface and consider technical, as well as social and cultural contexts in the process. Students will be asked to identify a design solution to a complex problem, investigate its history and context, and propose an alternate design approach as a semester project. Eye candy will be avoided.

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