Human-Centered Design Wrap Up

Fall 2022 was my first semester as an instructor at Kingsborough Community College in the Art Department. It was also the commencement of the UX Design Concentration within the Graphic Design program.

The concentration takes shape through 3 courses two of which were taught in Fall 2022.

Human-Centered Design

In Human-Centered Design students learn the building blocks of the design process as well as several models for problem solving including those from IDEO, The British Design Council, and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for design. Through Art 25’s assignments students go from observing to framing a problem, researching, designing and building a solution. Through the course they learn tools for research and testing as well (interviews, open data, ethnographic study).

The goal is to give students a wide exposure to a variety of Human Centered Design principals with regards to user research and problem solving.

Students in Art 25 Human-Centered Design can move into Art 26 UX Visual design in order to apply some of their problem-solving skills directly to user interfaces. They also take with them the experience of having scoped, researched & tested a solution to a design problem that they defined themselves. As a group we did several activities around ideation and selection in order to foster a classroom environment that allowed for creative insights by students.

The students also built user journeys and user personas as a way to tell stories around problem/solution sets.

With this inaugural group, we’ve set out on solid footing defining the future of UX and HCD through the work of students at Kingsborough Community College.

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