81916 - Interaction Design

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Michele Zannoni (Modulo 1) Ermanno Tasca (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Advanced Design (cod. 9256)

Learning outcomes

The module teaches the topic of the interaction between the user and digital, interactive and multimedia artifacts through the design of graphic interfaces. The course intends to make the student exercise the project on service systems, evaluating how the morphological are related to usability, functionality, and sustainability. At the end of the course, the student will have these skills:  to understand the characteristics of digital artifacts within a vast range of contemporary products;  manage the interaction between home automation systems and electronic tools for the care and monitoring of elderly people, with health problems, with relational problems;  apply the culture of interaction design to contemporary contexts of living and urban services.

Course contents

The course explores the themes of interaction design at a theoretical and design level, starting from the design of two-dimensional interfaces up to the development of systems that allow interaction between man and urban space.
The design of interfaces for mobile devices in relation to the environment and the built environment and the possibility of using personal data shared by other users as a new resource for designing services centered on the needs of citizens.


Codeluppi, V. 2012. Ipermondo: Dieci Chiavi per Capire Il Presente. Bari: GLF editori Laterza.

Norman, Donald A. 2011. Vivere con la complessità. Translated by V. B. Sala. Milano: Pearson.

Saffer, Dan. 2009. Designing Gestural Interfaces. 1st ed. Beijing ; Cambridge: O’Reilly.. 2013. Microinteractions: Full Color Edition: Designing with Details. 1 edition. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media.

Katz, Joel. 2012. Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design. 1 edizione. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Cooper, Alan, Robert Reimann, and Dave Cronin. 2007. About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Zannoni, M. (2018). Progetto e interazione. Il design degli ecosistemi interattivi. Quodlibet.

Teaching methods

During the development of the course students will be offered contributions/lectures lasting about 1-2 hours each, held by the professors and/or by any guests.

The course will also make use of a system for reviewing the students' work envisaged in the two Modules, depending on the used teaching approach. The revisions can be for single group or collective, depending on the didactic calendar of the course. There are also peer to peer reviews between students and the sharing of models/assessment tools. The Professors will communicate the nature, methods and timing at the beginning of the teaching activity.

Students will be asked to carry out individual and/or group works depending on the correspondence to the more research or design component envisaged by the course.

Attendance is compulsory. It is surveyed by the teachers in class and students absent in more than 30% of the lessons will not be admitted to the final evaluation.

Assessment methods

Presentation and discussion of the final outputs foreseen for all the modules of the integrated course (final presentation of the works). Each of the results in the teaching modules will be evaluated. The criteria will be communicated by the Professors of the didactic modules. The various evaluations will form an overall final judgment of each student (in part, the result of collective work and, in part, of individual work).

Teaching tools

IOL: teacher-student communications; loading teaching materials; student material deliveries; forum with students / community

TEAMS: virtual classroom

MIRO: for brainstorming and other forms of shared planning;


Collaboration with external structures (labs, libraries, etc.);

Participation in conferences, talks, exhibitions and/or educational visits.

Office hours

See the website of Michele Zannoni

See the website of Ermanno Tasca


Good health and well-being Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.