Focus, Structure, Reflection! Integrating User-Centred Design and Design Sprint

Virpi Roto*, Marta Larusdottir, Andrés Lucero, Jan Stage, Ilja Šmorgun

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Google Design Sprint (GDS) is becoming a valued tool for interaction design practitioners today. Although GDS has some similarities to User-Centred Design (UCD), it does not study user needs before generating solutions. On the other hand, UCD provides little guidance on producing design solutions. We saw the two processes would nicely complement each other. This paper reports development of an intensive two-week interaction design course where UCD was combined with GDS. The feedback from 22 higher education students indicates how UCD helped them to keep the focus on the important things, and how the detailed structure of GDS process guided them fast forward. In the fast-paced Design Sprint, students need dedicated time for reflection. The contributions of this work include the course structure for teaching a User-Centred Design Sprint process, student feedback on the new process, and recommendations for teaching such a course.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2021: 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsCarmelo Ardito, Rosa Lanzilotti, Alessio Malizia, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Giuseppe Desolda, Kori Inkpen
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Bari, Italy
Duration: 30 Aug 20213 Sep 2021
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12933 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleINTERACT


  • Course development
  • Design sprint
  • Higher education
  • Interaction design
  • User-Centred Design


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