2.744
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Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
February 6
About the class
2.744: User-centric, creative design

Symbol design and results
What's in a name?
 
 
Thursday
February 8

Designing for human use:
Uncommon common sense!

Ballot redesign and results

Hawaii alert redesign and results

Universal design

Read interface analysis study Human-use analysis  
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
February 13

meet the client
Project brief
and overview from the client with documents and indexed cideo

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 15
bonding with your team and getting calibrated
Off-campus activity
5Wits
Form project teams
(before start of class)
 
Tuesday
February 20
No class
Tuesday follows Monday schedule
   
 
Thursday
February 22

Visualizing designs
ABCs of sketching

Visual memory test and results

Video resources:
Sketching basics tutorials (arcs, lines, circles, ellipses)
One-point perspective tutorials

User-experience design (product storyboard) Drawing tookit
 
Tuesday
February 27

Website, schmebsite
Web design 101 and ABCs of sketching (continued,, including seated in 70s exercise), the very basics, and how to upload files to the course website (.pdf)

Make sure you've downloaded Filezilla, as well as either Brackets or Sublime Text.

  Deliverable end-of day Tuesday: Team logos. A transparent png logo that works on a black background, for use on your team's portfolio page (click on your team name to reach your portfolio page). Please email a high resolution version to drwallac. I'll size the logo to fit the page.
 
Thursday
March 1

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 6
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 8
Adding dimension to perspective
Tone and shade

Video resources:
Basic shading and tone video and worksheets
Human-use critique
Human-use analysis
 
Sunday
March 11
 
User-experience critique (product storyboard)
 
Tuesday
March 13
It's a wrap
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Pencil sharpener video tutorials
  Human-use critique
 
Thursday
March 15

Now that's interesting!
human-use analysis showcase

   
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
March 20

Designing in 3D
Sketch modeling introduction

Beth Sullivan, IC3D
Sketch models
Blue foam tips
Foam core tips

Concept exploration models Concept sketch critique Concept sketches
 
Thursday
March 22

fast and furious
Immersion in sketch modeling

Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping exercise

   
 
Friday
March 23
    Concept sketch critique
 
Tuesday
March 27
Spring break!
   
 
Thursday
March 29
Spring break!
 
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
April 3

hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering and shop logistics, part 1

Work files:
- Handicapped Symbol
- Handicapped Symbol Illustrator

Video resources from class: Illustrator Tutorials

Please see the adobe license sign up by Wendeday end of day. Also, the new media center also has machines with illustrator.

   
 
Thursday
April 5

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 10
Work period and design consulting    
 
Thursday
April 12
Judgment day
Sketch model review
Concept exploration models critique Concept exploration models
 
Friday
April 13
    Concept exploration (sketch models) digital submission due at 5 PM
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
April 17

Patriots day holiday!

    Concept exploration models critique
 
Thursday
April 19

the messenger of experience:
form and color

Form development exercise
(I am an emotional form)

Communicating progress
 
 
Tuesday
April 24
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)
   
 
Thursday
April 26

the messenger of the experience:
form, color, and 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 30
    Concept refinement critique
 
Tuesday
May 1
project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule
  Communicating progress
 
Thursday
May 3
project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule
 
 
Tuesday
May 8

out of the box
Packaging design Packaging challenge

 
 
Thursday
May 10
it's a wrap
Discussion of exercises and course summary
   
 
Sunday
May 13
Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!
  Concept implementation
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
May 15
No class after final presentation
It's website time!

 
 
Thursday
May 17
No class after final presentation
It's website time!
Team review  
 
Friday
May 18
    Concept implementation websites (9:00 PM)
 
Sunday
May 20
   
9:00 PMTeam review