2.744
Syllabus
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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

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, wireframe, html and css basics (.pdf) Web design 101 resources
   
 
Thursday
February 25
Web design 101, Zen garden (.pdf)
   
 
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
 
Tuesday
March 8
It's a wrap
Shade and tone, Canson drawing

Pencil sharpener video tutorials
  User-experience critique (product storyboard)
Human-use critique
 
Thursday
March 10
Sketching clinic
More design sketching techniques
Scott Stropkay, Essential Design: Examples of sketching in practice (.pdf): demonstration videos
   
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
March 15
fast and furious
Immersion in sketch modeling


Interactive game brainstorming and prototyping exercise
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

Sprout Studio's design process (.pdf)
   
 
Thursday
March 31
hand sketch to digital rendering
Illustrator rendering, part 2
See also, photoshop tutorials by Dirk Algrim, IDEO
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) Exercise resources
-
a few Photoshop pointers (.rtf)
- Photoshop color exercise file (.psd)
- color psychology (.jpg)
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
dafont.com
photoshop pointers
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
out of the box
Packaging design Packaging challenge
 
 
Thursday
May 5
it's a wrap
Discussion of exercises and course summary
   
 
Date Class Assigned Due
 
Tuesday
May 10
Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!
  Concept implementation
 
Thursday
May 12
Presenting the experience
Final project review
See the results!
Team review
Course evaluation
Concept implementation
 
Friday
May 13
    Concept implementation websites (9 PM)
 
Saturday
May 14
   
Team review
Course evaluation