Program / What is Interaction Design?

Interaction Design encompasses areas and genres such as human-computer interaction, software design, graphic communication, user-centred design, research methodologies, and interface design, amongst others. It is commonly applied to and used in design problems around software products such as websites, mobile and desktop apps, as well as physical spaces like museum exhibits, trade shows, and assembly lines.

Emily Carr University has been teaching IxD for several years across several programs, focusing on research methods, technological skills, and design process through lectures, assignments, and group projects. ECUAD faculty are leaders within the local, national, and global IxD scene, leading innovative projects in research, production, and exhibition.

Interaction Designers work in varied fields and sub-disciplines, on projects ranging from websites (research methodologies, navigation design, accessibility standards, graphic design, system architecture) to mobile applications (iOS and Android apps, responsive or mobile-tailored sites) to touchscreen kiosks (interface design, motion graphics, interactive content flow) to physical devices (wearable computing, tangible controllers, spatial design) to new media art projects (computer vision, motion tracking, interactive exhibits) and more.