Courses Overview

Design Studio / Estúdio de Design

Students work as teams to finish a semester-long HCI project where they go through several design, implementation and evaluation cycles.  Each team will develop a product/service to solve a given design problem.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit their work to international design competitions, such as the one at the CHI conference.


At the beginning of the semester, each student has to propose a design direction/plan/solution for a targeted design problem. Students who win the proposal competition will recruit other students and control the schedule created to execute the project plan. Each team needs to meet the instructor for individual work sessions, and to present their progress to the class. At the end of the semester, there will be a public presentation and prototype demonstration.


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Buxton, Bill. Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 2007.
Moggridge, B. Designing Interactions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.
Norman, Donald. The Design of Everyday Things. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
England, Elaine, and Andy Finney. Managing Interactive Media: Project Management for Web and Digital Media. Fourth Edition. Harlow: Addison-Wesley, 2007.
Various research readings.

Previous work examples done in Design Studio:

Blue Line

Blue Line: Displays for supporting a shared hotel bus system in Funchal to encourage public transportation usage.

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