Cancelled: NordiCHI / T2 Tutorial

Experimental Interaction Design – From Ideas to Paper Prototype 

This tutorial is cancelled. Please refer to our page again soon for other upcoming tutorials.

A hands-on tutorial on fundamental user-centered design approaches for rapid prototyping and low-fidelity testing; learn to express and test initial application concepts in a friendly tutorial atmosphere.

The accelerating hands-on, full day tutorial provides an overview on practical and fundamental approaches for rapid prototyping and low-fidelity testing of application concepts for web and mobile.

The tutorial is especially suitable for participants who want to gain practical skills on user modelling and paper prototyping by solving a specific hands-on design problems: everything will be included in one comprehensive design cycle, all across one intensive tutorial day.

During the first half of this tutorial participants will be introduced with background and application of approaches such as personas, scenarios and user stories that are especially useful for the first steps of interaction design process. In the second half of the tutorial day, participants will spontaneously experiment with paper prototyping and conduct low-fidelity usability testing on a series of user tasks.

These interaction design approaches will be introduced through one design cycle, accompanied with stirring experimental group tasks in one-of-a-kind friendly atmosphere of a collaborative tutorial.

Tutorial duration

Date to be announced. Full-day. From 9:15 to 17:15, 8h with lunch and two coffee breaks.

Prerequisites, level

Beginning, intermediate

Intended audience

The tutorial is suitable for everyone interested in experimenting with practical low-fidelity prototyping in collaborative and cheerful tutorial atmosphere, and getting familiar with the first steps of iterative interaction design process. As this tutorial is aimed for beginner and intermediate level, no specific background is required.

Theme and goals

The hands-on tutorial provides

  • an overview of practical approaches for rapid prototyping and
  • testing of low-fidelity application concepts for web and mobile

Participants will become familiar with key user-centered interaction design approaches, including:

  • personas
  • scenarios
  • paper prototyping
  • usability testing of low-fidelity prototypes

Upon completion, participants:

  • will know how to create and test interaction concepts on the prior use personas, scenarios and user stories
  • will be able to build low-fidelity prototypes
  • will be more confident in expressing and testing their application concepts with low-fidelity paper prototypes


Might be subjected to changes. Essential lectures are accompanied by pragmatic and stirring team exercises:

  • 09:15 – 10:15 Part 1
    • Introduction
    • An Overview of Interaction Design Techniques
  • Coffee break
  • 10:25 – 12:00 Part 2
    • Personas, scenarios, user stories
    • Team exercises and feedback
  • Lunch 12:00 –13:00
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Part 3
    • Paper prototyping
    • Team exercises and feedback
  • Coffee break
  • 15:15 – 17:15 Part 4
    • Usability testing for paper prototyping
    • Team exercise
    • Final presentation and feedback

Materials and devices

Instructors will provide materials for low fidelity prototyping, e.g. paper, pens, pencils, markers, post-it notes, tapes, scissors, etc. Connected devices (e.g. laptops or tablets with possibility to connect to local wi-fi) can be helpful but not necessary.


To be announced soon!

With any questions, please contact Valeria Gasik – valeria(@)

Past conferences

The tutorial is based on 2-week extensive workshop provided two times a year –

  • April 2014 – ProfsoUX conference, St. Petersburg, Russia (past)
  • May 2014 – DevConFu, Jurmala, Latvia (past)
  • July 2014 – Tallinn Summer School, Tallinn, Estonia (upcoming)
  • August, 2014 – ICWL, Tallinn, Estonia (upcoming)


David Lamas (PhD in Computer Sciences), Valeria Gasik (M.Sc, practitioner), Daria Tokranova (M.Sc, practitioner). Please refer to our contributors’ page for more information.