180.812 (17S) Human Centered Computing I (HCC)

Sommersemester 2017

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LV-Titel englisch
Human Centered Computing I (HCC)
Vorlesung mit künstl. Einzelu. (prüfungsimmanente LV )
21 (30 max.)
zum Moodle-Kurs


Intendierte Lernergebnisse

After successfully completing the course, a student 

  • has developed a visual literacy and an awareness of the importance of visual design in digital media and print media 
  • is familiar with the domain-specific vocabulary 
  • is able to identify essential design flaws in others' visual designs and knows how to avoid such in his/her own designs 
  • is able to make appropriate decisions regarding font selection, color selection, and element layout for visual designs
  • is familiar with some of the basic psychological processes involved in visual communication and interpretation of visual information
  • understands and can use the basic concepts, elements and principles of visual design


lectures, practical and theoretical in-class exercises, assignments, group project


Not only artistically talented persons and design experts can create appealing and purposeful visual designs. This course is for the beginning "visual communicator", or anyone who wants to shape convincing visual designs (such as graphical user interfaces for desktop applications and mobile apps, web pages, posters, logotypes, presentation slides, flyers). This course provides the theoretical and practical foundations necessary for effective visual communication.


  • human-centered design
  • visual psychology / human perception
  • design theory
  • typography / text
  • color theory
  • graphics / images
  • information graphics


Most introductory books on visual design covers most (or many) of the topics discussed in the course. Below is a list of some suitable books. The list could easily be extended. The university library has a nice collection, including some of the books listed below. 

In English: 

  • Evans, P. & Thomas, M.A.: Exploring the Elements of Design, Delmar, 2013. 
  • Johnson, J.: Designing with the Mind in Mind, Morgan Kaufmann, 2014. 
  • Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler, J.: Design – Die 100 Prinzipen für erfolgreiche Gestaltung, stiebner, 2004. 
  • Millman, D.: The Essential Principles of Graphic Design, How Books, 2008. 
  • Poulin, R.: The Language of Graphic Design, Rockport, 2011. 
  • Schlatter, T. & Levinson, D.: Visual Usability. Morgan Kaufmann, 2013. 

In German: 

  • Stapelkamp, T.: Screen- und Interfacedesign, Springer, 2007. 
  • Teeps I.E.: Joy-of-Use, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2006. 
  • Thissen, F.: Kompendium, Screen-Design, Springer, 2001. 
  • Wäger, M.: Grafik und Gestaltung, Galileo Press, 2010.



The grade will be based on the following components:

  • participation/discussion/activity in class
  • group project
  • assignments
  • written exam (closed book)


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Media and Convergence Management (SKZ: 150, Version: 13W.2)
    • Fach: Human Centered Computing (HCC) (Pflichtfach)
      • Human Centered Computing I (HCC) ( 2.0h VK / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 180.812 Human Centered Computing I (HCC) (2.0h VK / 4.0 ECTS)
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Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Sommersemester 2019
  • 180.812 VC Human Centered Computing I (HCC) (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2018
  • 180.812 VC Human Centered Computing I (HCC) (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2015/16
  • 180.812 VC Human Centered Computing (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2015
  • 180.812 VK Human Centered Computing (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2014
  • 180.812 VK Human Centered Computing (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)