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Research Methods for Product Design (H1031)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

During the second term we will deepen the knowledge gained in Interaction Design I, especially the research methods part and the understanding of the human sensory system including all five senses: vision, auditory, touch, taste and smell.

This module will build on an understanding of Design for People, with an emphasis on the experiential and sensory characteristics influencing an interaction. To foster the information and skills gained throughout the previous and this term you will work on a dedicated creative project, which will enable you to apply the gained understanding, specify a specific problem and come up with creative design solutions.

There will be a special emphasis of the sense of touch, taste, and smell as these senses are increasingly entering the realm of interaction design. Since this may lead to the development of new and less typically categorisable artefacts the module covers methods of designing from new perspectives and the perspective of others, building on approaches such as experience prototyping, visioning and other creative techniques (eg allowing the engagement with a variety of materials and tools).

The module will cover:

  • Experience-centered design and multi-sensory design space
  • Understanding of the experience-centered design process (personas, scenarios, storytelling and narrative methods)
  • User research methods for analysis (eg probing, experience sampling method) and evaluation (eg. lab and field methods)
  • Experience prototyping, visioning and creative design techniques 
  • Exploration of touch, taste and smell as interaction modalities on the basis of a dedicated Ccreative project


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.