Monthly Archives: February 2015

Third meeting and tasks

Today we had our third meeting. Things are going well with most of the projects. Some groups still have to think a little bit about their context…

For the next time there is only one assignment: GA 3.1 writing user stories. Also, please get a good pen (like this) for each of you and a pair of scissors for each group for the next time.


Second meeting and next tasks

Yesterday we had a second meeting of our course. It is nice to see that all students have found a group and all groups have started working. I have updated the list of group members in the previous post.

You can read more about the scenario-based design from the following book chapter (Rosson_&_Carroll_2002.pdf in Dropbox):

Rosson, M. B., & Carroll, J. M. (2002). Scenario-Based Design. In J. A. Jacko & A. Sears (Eds.), The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies and Emerging Applications (pp. 1032–1050). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

You can find links to some scenarios from real projects in the scenario-based design page under the learning resources.

There are 3 group assignments and 1 individual assignment that you should complete before our next meeting:

I will be out of office until 23.02. I will give feedback to your scenarios and answer any e-mails after that date.

Update on group projects

Enrollment to the courses ended on Monday. This year we will have 27 participants:

  • 9 students from the HCI master’s programme
  • 10 Erasmus exchange students
  • 5 students from BFM
  • 1 master student from IT management
  • 1 master student from educational technology
  • 1 master student from teacher of informatics

Several groups have already posted their project idea and set up a group blog. I also received information about group projects in IFI7154, IFI7155 and IFI7157. At the moment we should have the following group projects:

Maria Angelica Medina Angarita, Kadri-Maria Mitt, Erkki Saarniit, Marieh Sayadchi

Mushroom Hunting
Peter Szabo, Roger Puks, Ekaterina Shafeeva

Personal Museum
Adriana Sandu, Kadri Penjam, Miikka Tuomo Tapio Mäkitalo, Reigo Kimmel

Traffic Signs
Lorenzo Sabino Di Stasi, Marleen Moss, Jaanika Hirv, Nele Piir

Vita Krainik, Kensuke Shimode, Khwaja Umair Subhani, Yiyang Yang, Lütfü Cagatay Agca

QR Code Printer
Martin Orava, Ezgi Yamac
Vitalii Lakusta, Bayram Yoldas, Alise Semjonova, Alena Akhramenka

Learnmix Scenario Builder
Romil Rõbtšenkov

If there are changes to this, then please let me know.

Course readings in Dropbox

Yesterday I sent you an invitation to the shared Dropbox folder that contains my presentations and course readings. Currently, you will find the following scanned book chapters from that folder:


Chapter 1 from “Thoughtful Interaction Design” by Löwgren and Stolterman (2007) is a good general introduction to the field of interaction design.


Cooper et al (2007) give a good overview of qualitative research methods such as etnographic interviews. This is useful for groups who need to do some form of contextual inquiry before getting started with the personas.


My presentation of persona method was mostly based on this chapter by Cooper et al (2007). It explains different types of personas, their goals and some strategies for constructing personas.


Brown (2010) provides a lot of different examples about constructing personas.


Gothelf (2013) presents a very lightweight and agile approach on sketching personas.

If you have time to read just one of these chapters, then I would recommend Cooper_et_al_2007_Chapter5.pdf. If you have not received an invitation to Dropbox or you use a different e-mail for Dropbox, then please let me know ( and I will send you a new invitation.


Brown, D. M. (2010). Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

Cooper, A., Reimann, R., & Cronin, D. (2007). About Face 3
The Essentials of Interaction Design. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Gothelf, J. (2013). Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media.

Löwgren, J., & Stolterman, E. (2007). Thoughtful Interaction Design: A Design Perspective on Information Technology. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.