History of Interface

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Majors Only
History of Interface
Spring 2023
Taught By: Aya Karpinska
Section: A

CRN: 10807

Credits: 3

In the History of Interface course we will study key examples of user interfaces from the late 19th century to the present that fall into three themes: Operating the Machine will focus on physical peripherals and inputs for interacting with computer, Conversational User Interfaces will focus on spoken and written language for interaction, and finally Wearable and Gestural Interfaces will focus on devices worn on the body or that rely on gesture or movement. Students will learn to judge what makes a good interface, to identify and interpret precedents that influenced later user interfaces, and to reflect on the relationship between human needs and technology. Course activities include readings, in-depth studies of historical examples, written analysis, class discussions, and weekly reflections.

Open to: MFA and BFA in Design & Technology majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:56pm EDT 6/2/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1204A
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023