User Interface Design

By Prof. Saptarshi Kolay   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2079
The course will impart knowledge on the different aspects of User-Inteface Design, emphasizing on virtual media platform. In contemporary Industrial design pedagogy, human-machine interaction is an emerging paradigm. The course will emphasize on understanding of user experience and cognition, which are the key factor to achieve user-friendly Interface Design. Usage of contemporary technology like, eye tracking will also be introduced as user testing tool. The course will enable the students to learn to design User-Interface through a methodological approach.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: M.Des. / B.Des. M.Arch/ B.Arch. students, design professionals
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Industrial Design Companies, User experience Design Companies, Visual Design Companies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Feb 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction to User Interface Design (UI)Brief History of UI Design
Week 2  :  UI Design Methodology
Week 3  :  User Experience design component in Interface DesignVisual Communication design component in Interface Design
Week 4  :  Case Studies and Best Practices

Books and references

1.Krug, S. (2006) Don’t Make Me Think, Rider publication.
2.Lauer, D.A. and Pentak, S. (2008) Design Basics, Wadsworth Publishing.
3.Lupton, E. (2004) Thinking with Type: a critical guide for designers, writers, editors and students, Princeton Architectural Press.
4.Ruder, E. (2001) Typography: a manual of design, Verlag Arthur Niggli.
5.Leborg C. (2004) Visual Grammar, Princeton Architectural Press.
6.Lidwell, W., Holden, K. and Butler, J. (2010) Universal Principles of Design, Rockport Publishers.
7.Anshel, J. (2005) Visual Ergonomics Handbook, Taylor & Francis.
8.Manovich, L. (2001) The Language of New Media, MIT Press
9.Jim K. (2010) Design Basics Index, How books10.Jim K. (2010) Colour Index, How books

Instructor bio

Prof. Saptarshi Kolay

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Saptarshi Kolay is presently an Assistant Professor at Architecture and Planning department of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. After completing his under graduation in Architecture form Jadavpur University, he went on to explore User Centric design at Design Programme of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Along with teaching he is pursuing his PhD from the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT-Roorkee. He was selected in student-exchange programme for Aalto University, Finland and Escola De Arte and Desino, Spain. He has received Rafiq Azam Travel Bursary, Yuva-Ratna award and has participated in Design workshop by MIT, Media lab. His current research interest includes gerontology, way-finding design, visual communication design and contemporary art and design, etc. He has conducted one NPTEL course, titled Visual Communication Design for Digital Media.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
26 March 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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