2.744
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Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
February 2
About the class
About 2.744:User-centric, creative design

Symbol design and results
What's in a name?
 
 
Thursday
February 4
Designing for human use:
Uncommon common sense!

Ballot redesign and results Universal design
Read interface analysis study Human-use analysis  
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
February 9

meet the client
Project brief
and overview from the client

Class introduction slides

What's in a name results!

Drawing toolkit Form project teams Read interface analysis study What's in a name?
 
Thursday
February 11
bonding with your team and getting calibrated
Off-campus activity
5Wits
Form project teams
(before start of class)
 
Tuesday
February 16
No class
Tuesday follows Monday schedule
   
 
Thursday
February 18
Visualizing designs
ABCs of sketching

Visual memory test and results
Online visual memory game Video resources:
Sketching basics tutorials (arcs, lines, circles, ellipses)
One-point perspective tutorials
User-experience design (product storyboard) Drawing tookit
 
Tuesday
February 23

Website, schmebsite
Web design 101, the very basics, and how to upload files to the course website (.pdf)

Please download either:
SecureFX (Windows)
Fetch (Mac Only )

   
 
Thursday
February 25

Website, doubly-schmebsite
Web design 101.5, wirefreames, html, and ccs. Make a simple website (.pdf)

Demo files from class:
1 html file template
2 completed html file
3 css file template
4 final styled webpage (1 page)
5 multiple page site

Zen garden, webpage/css examples
HTML tags
CSS properties

   
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
March 1
Sketching in 3D
2 pt perspective

Video resources:
Constructing basic shapes and worksheets
User-experience critique (product storyboard) Concept sketches User-experience design (product storyboard)
 
Thursday
March 3
Adding dimension to perspective
Tone and shade

Video resources:
Basic shading and tone video and worksheets
Human-use critique
Human-use analysis
 
Sunday
March 6
 
User-experience critique (product storyboard)
 
Tuesday
March 8
It's a wrap
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Pencil sharpener video tutorials
  Human-use critique
 
Thursday
March 10

fast and furious
Immersion in sketch modeling

Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping exercise

   
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
March 15
Now that's interesting!
human-use showcase

Rebecca Hui: MBTA #1 bus
Dexter Chew: Kitchen faucets
Chris Saulnier: Autobelay device
Yi-Tung Shen: Dust pan

Concept exploration models Concept sketch critique Concept sketches
 
Thursday
March 17
Designing in 3D
Sketch modeling
see demonstrations by Beth Sullivan, IC3D

   
 
Friday
March 18
    Concept sketch critique
 
Tuesday
March 22
Spring break!
   
 
Thursday
March 24
Spring break!
 
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
March 29

hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering, part 1

Work files:
- Handicapped Symbol
- Handicapped Symbol Illustrator
- Shaded Cube Illustrator

Video resources from class: Illustrator Tutorials

You can download a one month trial license. It is also an option to purchase license on a monthly basis, or the new media center has machines with illustrator.

   
 
Thursday
March 31

hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering, part 2

Work files:
- 3 Tone Cube
- Gramophone Sketch
- Gramophone Skeleton Illustrator
- Gramophone Illustrator Complete
- Perspective Exercise

Video resources from class: Illustrator Tutorials

Concept refinement  
 
Tuesday
April 7
Work period    
 
Thursday
April 7
Judgment day
Sketch model review
Concept exploration models critique Concept exploration models
 
Friday
April 8
    Concept exploration (sketch models) digital submission due at 5 PM
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
April 12
the messenger of experience:
form and color

Form development exercise
(I am an emotional form)
    Concept exploration models critique
 
Thursday
April 14
the messenger of experience:
form and color

Color exercise

(I am an emotional picture)
- color psychology (.jpg)

Exercise resources
Illustrator
- a few Illustrator pointers (.rtf)
- exercise file in Illustrator (.ai)
Photoshop
- a few Photoshop pointers (.rtf)
- exercise file in Photoshop (.psd)

Communicating progress
 
 
Tuesday
April 19
Patriot's day holiday.
No class
   
 
Thursday
April 21
the messenger of the experience: graphics

Graphics design exercise


Exercise resources
image options for poster exercise
exercise pointers for photoshop
exercise pointers for illustrator

dafont.com
fontsquirrel.com
google fonts
Concept refinement critique Concept implementation Concept refinement
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Monday
April 25
    Concept refinement critique
 
Tuesday
April 26
project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule
  Communicating progress
 
Thursday
April 28
project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule
 
 
Tuesday
May 3

it's a wrap
Discussion of exercises and course summary

 
 
Thursday
May 5
out of the box
Packaging design Packaging challenge
   
 
Sunday
May 8
Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!
  Concept implementation
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
May 10
No class after final presentation
It's website time!

 
 
Thursday
May 12
No class after final presentation
It's website time!
Team review  
 
Friday
May 13
    Concept implementation websites (9:00 PM)
 
Sunday
May 15
   
9:00 PMTeam review