Digital and Emerging Media Design II

GDES-315 fall 2017 · American University Design
Instructor: David Ramos ( ramos@american.edu · office hours )

Schedule

Topics Reading Projects

M 28 Aug #01

Th 31 Aug #02

  • Type on screen

📎 “Sketching papers” grid templates (ZIP)
📎 Typography demo (ZIP)
📎 Typographic variations exercise (ZIP)

M 4 Sep

Labor Day (no class)

Th 7 Sep #03

  • Designer portfolios
  • Start posting to Pinterest
  • Show sketches, type samples, image samples, and other initial studies for Type/Codes (at least two distinct concepts)

M 11 Sep #04

  • User research, personas

Th 14 Sep #05

  • HTML/CSS responsive layout under the microscope
  • HTML/CSS code open questions

📎 Responsive/contextual layout exercise (ZIP)

M 18 Sep #06

  • Signifiers, affordances, mapping, and feedback

Th 21 Sep #07

  • Code Q&A

M 25 Sep #08

  • Final critique for Type/Codes ✭
  • Shift focus to Campus Arboretum and Late Edition

Th 28 Sep #09

  • Information architecture, site maps, and documenting design
  • Give a five-minute presentation about your two proposed publications.

M 2 Oct #10

  • Version control with Git
  • Norman, Design of Everyday Things, ch. 6 (“Design Thinking”)
  • Turn in Type/Codes

Th 5 Oct #11

  • Prototyping on paper and on screens
  • Usability testing

M 9 Oct #12

  • Norman, Design of Everyday Things, ch. 4 (“Constraints, Discoverability, and Feedback”)

Th 12 Oct #13

  • Studio and small-group critiques

M 16 Oct #14

  • Norman, Design of Everyday Things, ch. 5 (“Human Error? No, Bad Design”)

Th 19 Oct #15

M 23 Oct #16

  • Navigation systems
  • Critique for Late Edition; print and pin up work

Th 26 Oct #17

  • Critique for Late Edition; print and pin up work

M 30 Oct #18

  • Navigation systems
  • Studio and small-group critiques

Th 2 Nov #19

  • In-progress critique for Late Edition

M 6 Nov #20

  • Mobile and multidevice design (demo/workshop)
  • Prototyping tips
  • 📎 Responsive site demo (ZIP)
  • Bring in a documentation plan (PDF) describing what you propose to turn in at the conclusion of the Late Edition project

Th 9 Nov #21

  • Group critique
  • Resolve concept, organization, type, color, and layout questions for Late Edition. Start moving toward prototypes.

M 13 Nov #22

  • Small group critiques

Th 16 Nov #23

  • Late Edition documentation and prototypes should be at least 80% complete
  • Start addressing new prompts for Late Edition

M 20 Nov #24

Th 23 Nov

Thanksgiving Break

M 27 Nov #25

Th 30 Nov #26

M 4 Dec #27

  • Semifinal critique (part 1) ✭

Th 7 Dec #28

  • Semifinal critique (part 2)

Th 14 Dec

Exam period; no class