Hall of Fame/Shame

Posted: Thurs, Jan 28
Due: Anytime between now and Thurs, May 10, 11:59PM
Point Total: ~10% of your IA grade (3.5% overall)



In this assignment, you will document--through video recording--a positive (fame) or negative (shame) user experience along with a brief analysis. The overarching goal is to get you to constantly think about and analyze the design of the constructed world as you go about your everyday life. Why are things built the way they are? If you experience a particularly seamless, effective, and/or enjoyable application--or just the opposite--ask yourself, why? People do not set out to design unusable system and yet, they are ubiquitous. Why?

While we will accept Hall of Fame/Shame (HoF/S) submissions up until the last day of classes (May 10), this assignment is rolling. You can submit at any point in the semester. See the Assessment section for a note on earning bonus points.

The primary deliverable is a video comprised of two major parts:
  1. A screen recording or mobile video clearly demonstrating the HoF/S interaction
  2. Using IxD principles learned in class (or from other sources like darkpatterns.org), provide a brief critique of the interaction and a rationale for the HoF/S submission. Importantly, your critique must be grounded by sources (and not just your own justifications).

Your video should be uploaded to YouTube with a 1-2 paragraph description and analysis. The video should be tagged with 'CMSC434' and 'IxD Hall of Fame' or 'IxD Hall of Shame' depending on the submission type. You need not use your own YouTube/Google account--you can make a new, anonymous throw-away account (the decision is up to you).

Additional Requirements

  1. Video length. Outside of extreme circumstances, all videos should be ~60 seconds. If you're unsure, ask me.
  2. Accessibility. The recordings should be accessible. You must include both textual captions + a voice over (note these need not be verbatim copies of one another).
  3. Personal example. Your submission must be a personal example and not one you found on a HoF/S website.
  4. High resolution. Do your best to record the submission in high resolution (e.g., 720p or 1080p).

Recording and Editing Video

For recording video, you can use screen recorder software or any video camera (e.g., your smartphone). A video camera is useful to, for example, record your interactions with ATMs, parking garage ticket machines, etc. For screen recording on a Mac, I use Quicktime, which has a nice built-in screen recorder (link). On a PC, I like Camtasia Studio (link).

For editing, you can use Camtasia Studio, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere (free all UMD students via Terpware), or another tool of your choice.


Your video + paragraph description will be assessed based on how well you meet each of the above requirements. In addition, we will evaluate the novelty of your submission and the depth of your critique. To incentivize early submissions, you can earn 1.5x the amount of points if you submit before Spring Break (March 11). Moreover, Matt and I will review submissions and select some for lecture. If I use your submission in lecture, you will also be provided with bonus points.

You can download the rubric as an Excel file below:

We've also taken a screenshot of the rubric for your convenience. You can click on the image below to enlarge.