Teaching Visual Interaction Design

Combine an Interaction Design program, with a crash course in visual design, mix it up with how visual design principles, practices and approaches intersect and influence designing the full user experience and you get the class I am teaching. We are doing a crash course in the basics – gestalt principles, typography basics, type history, wireframing basics, prototyping basics, color theory and application. Later in the semester we are doing a full brand personality – brand development module, creating style tiles and a web style guide, data visualizations and dashboards and then designing mobile and web. It’s a great refresher for me to pull together everything I know in this space from my graphic design degrees and from my practical work experience the last 20+ years and try to distill it all down into a semester. It’s an exercise in simplicity design.

I am posting my presentations after each week’s module. Follow along if you will.


current: partner, tangible user experience :: a full-service user experience design consulting firm. former Yahoo! founder of the public and internal Yahoo! pattern library. dse. design director of ued teams responsible for designing solutions across key yahoo! platforms: social media, personalization, membership and vertical search.