GDES-270 fall 2020 ( David Ramos, American University Design) firstname.lastname@example.org · office hours
Intros (via Miro board)
About this course
In this course, finish the assigned reading by Tuesday (§001) or Wednesday (§003).
Finish your initial map from part 3 of
Mapping/tour, by the start of class on Tuesday (§001) or Wednesday (§003). Upload an image to Miro (see Blackboard §001/ §003
for link). Look over everyone else’s initial maps.
Continue work on
Mapping/tour. (Each week, be working steadily on current projects.) Course survey
an eight-question survey.
The § symbol means “section.” Followups from class
Typography 2020: a special listicle for America Ellen Lupton,
Thinking with Type, Letter (size, scale, type classficiations, type families, caps and small caps, and mixing types) and Text (tracking, line spacing, and alignment) Projects
We may critique projects in any class. Always be prepared to present your work as it stands.
In-class color exercise
Part I/II: Design palettes that respond to each of these prompts: energetic, resolute, natural, and calm.
Part III: Create a color palette for a food truck affiliated with Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee.
Small-group critiques and problem-solving. Sign up for a group timeslot:
Section 001 Tue/Fri / Section 003 Wed. (If you cannot make any of the available times, we can meet outside of class.) Reading
DIS: Persona, Affordance
99% Invisible, Ubiquitous Icons (listen to podcast episode or read transcript, and review images in article) Work through the
Bézier Game, which will help you gain control of the pen tool and drawing curves. Projects
Graphic translation: Choose an object from the list, sketch it to select an orientation, and make initial versions of your line, solid, and tone drawings using Figma or Illustrator.
Tue, Oct 6
/ Wed, Oct 7
DIS: Multisensory, Behavioral Economics
Victor Papanek and James Hennessey,
How Things Don’t Work, Ch. 6: “No Roast Tonight—the Lights on My Carving Knife Need Realignment” (on Blackboard §001/ §003
Finish part 1 of
Packaging, and upload images/text/sketches to Miro Reading
Learning from nature
Fri, Nov 6
/ Wed, Nov 4
For Section 001 (Tue/Fri): We will not be holding class on Tuesday, November 3rd, which is Election Day in the U.S. You’re welcome to join an optional class on Friday the 6th, at our usual time and space. Reading
Type + image
For poster, have an idea and show sketches.
Design and the Green New Deal in Places Journal Bonnie Siegler,
Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America Optional: Andrew Shea,
Designing for Social Change: Project Winterfood, Vendor Power
Optional critiques for Section 001 (Tue/Fri). No class for Section 003 (Wed).
Tue, Dec 1
/ Wed, Dec 2
Data visualization / Semifinal critique
How Charts Lie
99% Invisible, Mexico 68 Projects
Poster is due at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10.
The first date on each week is for Section 001, and the second date, for Section 003.