2.744
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Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
February 4
About the class
About 2.744: User-centric, creative design


Symbol design and results

What's in a name?

 
 
Thursday
February 6

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 11

meet the client
Project brief
and overview from the client

What's in a name results!

Drawing toolkit

Form project teams

Read interface analysis study

What's in a name?

       
Thursday
February 13

bonding with your team and getting calibrated
Off-campus activity
5Witts

Form project teams
(before start of class)


     
Tuesday
February 18

No class
Tuesday follows Monday schedule

 

 

     
Thursday
February 20

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 25

Website, schembsite
Web design 101, wireframe, html and css basics (.pdf)
Web design 101, Zen garden (.pdf)

Web design 101resources

   
       
Thursday
February 27

Work period!
TA Jeff Mekler will be availble to help you with website/web development challenges

 

 

       

Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
March 4

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 6

Adding dimension to perspective
Tone and shade

Video resources:
Basic shading and tone video and worksheets

Human-use critique
Human-use analysis
       
Tuesday
March 11

It's a wrap
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Pencil sharpener video tutorials

  User-experience critique (product storyboard)
Human-use critique

     
Thursday
March 13

Sketching clinic
More design sketching techniques
Scott Stropkay, Essential design:

Examples of sketching in practice (.pdf):

demonstration videos

 

 


     

Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
March 18
fast and furious
Immersion in sketch modeling


Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping exercise

Concept exploration models

Concept sketch critique

Concept sketches
   
Thursday
March 20

Designing in 3D
Sketch modeling
see demonstrations by Beth Sullivan, IC3D

   
       
Friday
March 21
    Concept sketch critique

     
Tuesday
March 25

Spring break!

   

     
Thursday
March 27

Spring break!


 
   

Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
April 1

hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering,
part 1

Sprout Studio's design process (.pdf)

   

     
Thursday
April 3

hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering, part 2


See also, photoshop tutorials by Dirk Algrim, IDEO

Concept refinement  

     
Tuesday
April 8

Work period

 

 

     
Thursday
April 10
Judgment day
Sketch model review

Concept exploration models critique

Concept exploration models
       
Friday
April 11
    Concept exploration (sketch models) digital submission due at 5 PM
       

Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
April 15

the messenger of experience:
form and color

Form development exercise

 

 

Concept exploration models critique

     
Thursday
April 17

the messenger of experience:
form and color

Communicating progress

 
     
Tuesday
April 22

Patriot's day holiday.
No class

 

 

     

Thursday
April 24

the messenger of the experience: graphics

Graphics design exercise
dafont.com

Concept refinement critique

Concept implementation

Concept refinement

       

Date Class Assigned Due

Tuesday
April 29
project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule:
 

Communicating progress

Concept refinement critique


     
Thursday
May 1

project consuting
Review feedback

Schedule:

 

     
Tuesday
May 6

out of the box
Packaging design

Packaging challenge

 

     
Thursday
May 8

it's a wrap
Discussion of exercises and course summary

   

     

Date Class Assigned Due
Tuesday
May 13

Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!

  Concept implementation

     
Thursday
May 15

Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!

Team review
Course evaluation

Concept implementation

     
Friday
May 16
   

Concept implementation websites (9 PM)

       
Saturday
May 17


Team review
Course evaluation