ID Module 1240

Module code


Module title

Interface Design


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

90 hours

Self-directed workload

120 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Jörg Beck

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have learned the fundamental areas of interface design in relation to design, technical, and ergonomic factors. You will be developing design and methodical competencies, and know about the history, conception, and structure of user interfaces and be able to recognize elementary components, relationships, and patterns, to allocate these to potential areas of application, and to design appropriate application and user scenarios. You will also have fundamental methods of conceptualization, design, linear and interactive simulation of interfaces, and of making prototypes.

Module content

Conception, design, and variation of combined hard- and software interfaces, evaluation, and prototyping. History of the development of graphic interfaces and input/output devices. Introduction to the physical, motor, cognitive, and perceptive skills of the user or user groups. Introduction to the use of design specifications (design manuals and style guides), ergonomics (standards, DIN 9241/10 etc.), technology (platforms, hardware architecture). Design, visualization, and simulation tools and their use. Overview of tendencies and prospects in development and realization processes.

Teaching units in this module

Interface design 1, Usability 1

Module tutors

Fabian Gronbach, Thomas Techert


Module 1110, Foundations of Design I
Module 1120, Foundations of Interaction I

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, tutored projects with independent phases, workshop


Project work, examination

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Prerequisite for Module 1330, Invention Design

Recommended literature

Norman, Donald: The Psychology of Everyday Things. New York: Basic Books, 1988.
Norman, Donald: Things That Make Us Smart. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1993.
Shneiderman, Ben: Designing the User Interface. USA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1998.
Apple Computer Inc.: Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. USA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992.
Apple Computer Inc.: Newton 2.0 User Interface Guidelines. USA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1996.

Buchstabe E

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