For most of the students of Interaction Design in my semester, it is the first studies they do in their life including me. So there’re a few things we weren’t sure how to handle. So our lecturer made sure we know how we have to read, write and present. It might sound very banal and some things are probably not new to anybody but still, it is very helpful to get started. Till now our studies are often times focused on practical work. This is going to change, although if you compare it to studies at a university it’s not quite the same.
Research before read
It’s a good practice to evaluate the information of the readings through research to the context. In this way, you can interpret the information critically.
- Study -> School
- Company -> Customers -> Stakeholders
- Cultural Background
- Text Source Kind
- Peer reviewer
Way to read
For newbies like us and especially for me it was a bit scary to read a lot. But it’s different compared to i.e. read a novel. Joelle (our lecturer) told us that it’s crucial to learn to read faster and to skim through the readings. Also, it’s important to find the parts of the readings which are important and not.
Sources academic Interaction Design papers
Write an Essay
An essay has to be structured in the following way:
- Author / Co-Authors
- Most contributed, 2nd, … (alphabetical order if the same contribution)
- Advisors (alphabetical order)
- Abstract (50-100 Words)
- Keywords (i.e. Design, Methodology, Interaction…)
- Page Nr
Placed at the end of the essay
- Type of References
- Book Chapter
- Journal Article
- Academic Paper
- Online Publication
Syntax of Reference
The reference is usually placed right in the text where it was used. To explain it a bit better here an example.
Syntax last-name, second-name.year.title.Publisher.location
Example Norman, Donald.1988.The Design of Everyday Thins.Basic Books.New York
If it is an article instead of a book you will write the name of the article in quotes.
Presentations are oftentimes very open and I guess most of us did it before. In my opinion, it’s an art to master but if you master it, it will be a powerful skill.
There are some general structures to consider in a slide presentation.
- Title of presentation
- Date (usually month and year)
- One line abstract
- Table of content
- Who took it
- Where it was published
- Where was the data collected
- By whom
It’s a lot and it might look scary at the same time. But I think, it’s that bad but very important to be serious and be taken seriously about your work. Without that, your work won’t be as valuable as it should be.