History of Interface

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

History of Interface

Spring 2022

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)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 1:44am 11/28/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022