Samara, Timothy. (2007). Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual. Rockport.
Publishers. [DE]. Detailed Schedule of Activities, Assignments, and Readings.
HCDE 411 Studio Syllabus Winter 2010 Instructor: Dr. Sarah Kriz Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206.221.0615 Office: Sieg 417 Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30‐4:00 or by appointment Website: Catalyst HCDE 411/511 Workspace, access through MyUW Note: This class has an associated studio/seminar. Please be sure to attend the Tuesday and Thursday lectures as well as the Thursday studio/seminar.
General Description The purpose of this studio section is to give you hands‐on experience working through visual communication problems. The goal of the studio is to take the theoretical material learned in lecture and apply it when making design decisions in a real‐world information design situation. You will work in groups to create an informational poster about the H1N1 (Swine) Flu. You will also be required to produce a synopsis of the poster (including a specification of your data sources), a justification of your design decisions, and a critique of your group work.
Learning Objectives This studio has been designed with a number of learning and practical objectives in mind. The content and structure of the studio should allow students to: • • • • •
Learn to work effectively in a group setting Translate theory into design principles Work on a long‐term design project Produce a piece of visual communication for the HCDE senior portfolio Improve written communication skills and justify design decisions
Grading‐ 40 points Mock‐up (all group members receive same grade) 5 points (5%) Final Poster (all group members receive same grade) 10 points (10%) Poster synopsis and design justification* 15 points (15%) Group critique* 10 points (10%) *These assignments may NOT be done in collaboration with others
Note that these points will be applied to your final course grade. The other 60 points (60% of the course grade) are associated with the lecture portion of the course.
Required Text Samara, Timothy. (2007). Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual. Rockport Publishers. [DE]
Detailed Schedule of Activities, Assignments, and Readings
Week 1: Orientation to Studio January 7‐ Overview of studio section, how to conduct research Week 2: Design Software‐ MEET IN THE HCDE COMPUTER LAB January 14‐ Software tools tutorial, DE pages 6‐29 Week 3: Information Gathering and Audience January 21‐ Group assignments and design brief, DE pages 30‐61 Week 4: Organization January 28‐ DE pages 62‐79 Week 5: Graphics February 4‐ DE Chapter 4 Week 6: Mock‐ups February 11‐ Mock‐up due Week 7: Graphs and Maps February 18‐ Excel demo Week 8: Color February 25‐ DE Chapter 2 Week 9: Typography March 4‐ DE Chapter 3 Week 10: Poster Session/Final Exhibit March 11‐ Final poster, synopsis/justification, and group critique due