User Experience (UX)

“User experience” (UX) is a growing field that encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with information, products, and services made available through information and communication technologies. UX approaches also take into account the organization’s goals and objectives, and aim to inform or optimize the design of interactive systems through theoretically-informed, empirically validated best practices. UX design deeply integrates user research throughout all phases of the iterative design process (strategy, execution, and assessment). UX design considers quantitative and qualitative, formative and summative methods, user motivations, behaviors, and experiences, principles and processes involved in the design of interactive systems, including both interface and content.

+ Learning Goals

Students will be able to understand user needs, generate technology designs, bring them to life, and understand their impact. We are training future information professionals to work at the intersection of cutting edge technology and social change.

+ Recommended Courses

  • MI 831: Theories Interaction Design
  • MI 841: Understanding UsersSocial Computing
  • MI 844: Interaction DesignSocio-Technical Systems
  • MI 845 : Usability and Accessibility

+ Additional 400-level Coursework Options

  • MI 420: Interactive Prototyping
  • MI 449: Advanced Web Development and Database Management (prior experience with web dev / databases needed)
  • MI 450: Human-Centered Technology (W)
  • MI 462: Social Media & Computing
  • MI 484: Innovative Interfaces

+ Career paths to follow

  • User Interface Designer
  • User Experience Researcher, Designer, Analyst
  • Usability / Accessibility Analyst
  • Information Architect
  • Interaction Designer