Homework 1 - Splish Splash
Due: 1/18/16 at 9pm Chicago time
The purpose of this
assignment is to give you a bit of practice with the material
presented in the first week of the class - the design of
everyday things, and help you do some background work for
Project 1. A common problem while traveling is trying to figure
out how to take a shower (or bath) at a comfortable temperature
with a comfortable rate of rater flow. We will investigate this
in more detail.
a shower or bathtub. It could be one in your apartment /
a good photo or set of photos of the controls including the
input and output and their relationship to each other -
something like these. Note that the controls may be
distributed in multiple locations. Note how to use the
various controls either on the photos or next to them
about how the user interacts with the shower / bath. What is
the sequence of actions to take a comfortable shower? What
is the sequence of actions to take a comfortable bath?
about the common things that you use a shower / bath for.
What are the most common uses and other more rare uses.
There is the obvious one of getting yourself clean, but
maybe you also wash the dog there, or clean off plants.
does the shower / bath help the user figure out how to work
does the system show the state of the system to the user
easy is it for a guest to use this?
a public webpage including your photo(s) and your response
to the above questions
what is good and bad about the design, the mapping, the use
of language or symbols, how accessible it is, etc.
your discussion into sections
about some possible improvements, draw some sketches of your
improved interface, and discuss those improvements
should be equivalent to at least four 8.5x11 typed pages of
text with a 10 point font
the location of this webpage to the TA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
before 9pm on 1/18
a printout of your webpage (or a laptop or tablet where you
can show your design to others - your phone is probably too
small) to class on the 19th where we will have an in-class
activity related to the homework
last updated 1/15/16
- corrected the year, added Shi's email address