Cognitive Design, 7.5 ECTS

Course content

The course gives an overview of interaction design and its role in industrial design and product development. The aim of the course is to give a basic insight into interaction design through the highlighting of the possibilities for cooperation between interaction designers and cognitive scientists. The processes and work methods used in industrial design and interaction design are introduced, and applied in a project that runs throughout the course. The course aim is to give basic skills and knowledge in interface construction from a design perspective. Emphasis is placed on user perspectives, typography, layout and general graphic design and also the visual expression of the interface design. The ability to create, visualise, test and evaluate various types of interfaces is practiced through the whole course. Different methods for visualisation, manual as well as computer aided, are applied in the project and a strong focus is placed on communication of ideas and results orally, visually and in writing.

This course is part of the Cognitive Science programme.
If study places are available, students with previous studies in cognitive science, industrial design or interaction design engineering can apply for the course. Your transcripts must show at least 1 year of studies - 60 ECTS credits.


Application is done via (online application service in Swedish).
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Web Registration

This course is open for web registration.

To register for the course, log into the student webb; via your Umu-id account. A manual for the registration can be found at

The requirement for registration is that you are admitted and eligible to the current course. If the webregistration does not work, please contact Umeå Institute of Design:


The schedule is preliminary until course start. (Will be published in spring 2022)
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Course Syllabus

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Course responsible: Lars Johansson

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