DESN 338 : Principles of Interaction Design



Students examine different rhetorical frameworks that inform software user interface/experience (UI/UE) and content design. Supporting theories, such as visual rhetoric, contextual design, information architecture, gestalt, content strategy, and design ethics, are investigated. Students demonstrate their understanding of theoretical principles by creating and redesigning small UI-related deliverables and by practicing rigorous written analysis and critique.

SLO (Student Learning Objectives)



Supplemental & Not Required


Overview of baseline tools, software, and services needed for DESN 338 UX Design 1, DESN 348 UX Design 2, and DESN 458 UX Design 3. Following selections based on availability on both Mac and PC operating systems and industry trends.




The Sketch app by Bohemian Coding( will be the primary tool to create interfaces, mockups, and other high-fidelity deliverables.


The InVision service will be our prototyping tool of choice. Do the following steps for the Academic Discount.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter Code: 56-73-13-19

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The primary goal of assignments are for students to incorporate design thinking into everyday life. Assignments support, and enforce modules through repetition, practice, and analysis through research (not only via Google searches) and writing.

Collection & Research

Grading & Evaluation





Scoring is based upon criteria outlined, examples, in class lectures, and quality of work as compared to other students. 1 Point to 5 Points scoring with one-half increments, e.g. 4.5 of 5 points.



Students are expected to attend all class sessions. The course website is not a substitution for regular attendance. When a student misses more than 20% of the scheduled hours (5 classes or more) for a course, he, she may be withdrawn from the course and will receive the appropriate grade based on the EWU grading policy.


Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on exam, paper or project; failure in course; and or expulsion from the University. For more information refer to “Academic Integrity Policy” in the EWU Graduate & Undergraduate Catalog.


Students must do the following to permissibly allow audio and/or also video recordings of lectures.

  1. Inform Instructor immediately so classmates may be informed of recordings
  2. Complete Recorded Lecture Policy Agreement(
  3. Read and Understand Student Code of Conduct(

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