Material Interfaces for

User-Centered Design

Design Studio and Seminar, MIT Architecture, January 2019

Course Description & Learning Objectives

Explores how computational design can respond to contemporary challenges of user-centered design, focusing on the role of tools and materials for computational fabrication in design prototyping and testing. Introduces methods for evaluating and adapting design with regards to usability and accessibility, as well as workflows for developing artifacts of user-centered design in real scale, from prototyping to production. In seminars, the class discusses relevant literature on practices for user-centered design in architecture and product design, and introduces tools

that facilitate these practices. In projects, students work with real users of their choice, and develop methods for customization, real-time design testing and adaptive design and fabrication.



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