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User Research for Interaction Design

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure to inform that you have been admitted to the course User Research for Interaction Design at Umeå University. On this page you will find important information that will be useful, so please read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can use the contact form below. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå.

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About the course

  • Contents

    The course introduces the students to user research concepts, methods and techniques, applied in interaction design throughout the whole interaction design lifecycle, from data collection to evaluation. The course addresses theoretical and methodological issues related to design and evaluation, with a special focus on concepts and frameworks employed in the analysis of the relationship between needs and experience of users. Methods and techniques supporting the understanding of specific user and usage contexts, as well as the development of design concepts for future user needs, are analyzed, and concrete examples of such methods and techniques are discussed within the course.

  • Contact information

    If you have any questions please contact the Student Support:

  • Litterature

    Gaver, B., Danne, T., & Pacenti, E.
    Design: Cultural probes.
    Interactions 6 (1), Jan./Feb., 21-29. : 1999 :

    Iacucci, G., Kuutti, K., & Ranta, M.
    On the move with a magic thing: Role playing in concept design of mobile services and devices.
    Proceedings of the 3rd conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques, 193-202, ACM. : 2000 :

    Greenberg, S. & Buxton, B.
    Usability evaluation considered harmful (some of the time).
    Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 111-120, ACM. : 2008 :

    Lee, M. K. & Takayama, L.
    "Now, I have a body": uses and social norms for mobile remote presence in the workplace.
    Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 33-42, ACM. : 2011 :

    Odom, W. et al
    A fieldwork of the future with user enactments.
    Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference, 338-347, ACM.

    : 2012 :

    Additional reading assignments may include journal articles and conference papers, which will be provided to the students during the course.


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  • Information due to COVID-19

    We are delighted that you have chosen to apply to Umeå University, and look forward to seeing you this autumn! It has been an unusual spring, and although much is starting to return back to normal, not everything will be like it used to be this autumn. It is still just as important that we keep distance from each other, and moreover, education that is held on campus can be affected in different ways. For example, some parts of the teaching can take place online so that we do not all gather on campus at the same time.

    The best way to stay updated on what is going on and how your studies may be affected is on the Student web. You will also find advice, tips and tools for studying and collaborating remotely. The pages are constantly updated as soon as new rules or recommendations are added.

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  • Checklist for admitted students

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  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.

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  • Orientation

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