ARTD(VD)495 Visual Design, Jenn Stucker, Late Spring 2018

(Syllabus by BGSU visiting instructor Jenn Stucker)

Schedule

WEEK 1 // Introduction + Visual Making

Mon May 21
1:00 – 3:00 pm // Introductions + objectives + course overview; Lecture ::10 Basics of Visual Design, Introduce in-class Exercise 1: Point/Line/Plane
3:30 – 5:30 pm // Work in class on Exercise 1, work due at 5pm, then organize
5:30 – 6:00 pm // Crit + Group discussion
6:00 – 6:30pm // Introduce Project 1 :: Visual Observation of Florence in PechaKucha Format. Due Mon, May 28 (10 Basics of Visual Design : 120 cellphone images; Food + Beverage = 10, Travel + Leisure = 10, Cultural Institutions = 10, Fashion = 10, Entertainment = 10, Architecture = 10)

Wed May 23
1:00 – 3:00 pm // Exercise 2: Creating Patterns; Illustrator tutorial
3:30 – 5:30 pm // Exercise 3: Working with Type
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Exercises due; Crit + Group discussion

Fri May 25
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Exercise 4: I. You. You. Me. (The Meaning of Material)
4:30 – 6:00 pm // Introduce PechaKucha format, building slide decks: rhythm + pacing

WEEK 2 // Design Thinking & Collaboration

Mon May 28
1:00 – 2:30 pm // Finalize Presentation, practice, etc
3:00 – 5:00 pm // DUE :: Visual Observation of Florence in PechaKucha Format
5:00 – 6:30 pm // Introduce Design Thinking; process, perceptions + value, define a DT challenge with Florence focus, assign collaborative groups

Wed May 30
Design Thinking Round 1
1:00 – 2:00 pm // Empathy Map
2:00 – 3:00 pm // Problem Definition
3:30 – 4:30 pm // Ideate
4:30 – 5:30 pm // Prototype (Making)
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Test (Report out, group discussion)

Fri June 1
Design Thinking Round 2
1:00 – 2:30 pm // Regroup/reapproach challenge
3:00 – 5:00 pm // Ideate & Prototype

5:00 – 6:00 pm // DUE + CRIT :: Design Thinking Prototype

WEEK 3 // Transforming Data

Mon June 4
1:00 – 2:30 pm // Introduction to Information Graphics, Latch Approach to Data, Watch TedTalk: The Beauty of Data Visualization by David McCandless
3:00 – 5:30 pm // Field Trip :: Researching and collecting data in Florence
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Analyze and pre-sort data, discuss visualization and audiences

Wed June 6
1:00 – 2:00 pm // Sketches due; class crit
2:00 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on Infographics

Fri June 8
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Finalize production; desk crits
4:30 – 6:00 pm // DUE + CRIT :: Infographic Poster

WEEK 4 // Visual Narratives

Mon June 11
1:00 – 2:30 pm // Introduction to Visual Narratives; Lecture:The Booklet, Multi-page Sequencing, Pagination Sketching, and Narrative Arcs
2:00 –3:00pm // Group discussion/ideation on Visual Narrative ideas
3:30 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on storytelling, visual style and sequence; desk crits

Wed June 13
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Brief project update
2:00 – 6:30 pm // Work in class

Fri June 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Finalize production
4:30 – 6:00 pm // DUE + CRIT :: Visual Narrative Booklet

WEEK 5 // Interactive Experiences

Mon June 18
1:00 – 2:00 pm // Introduction to Participatory and Interactive Experiences; Lecture: Creative Placemaking and Interactive Mock-ups
2:00 –3:00pm // Group discussion/ideation on Creative Placemaking ideas with Interactive component
3:30 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on schematics and visual style, desk crits

Wed June 20
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Project update
2:00 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on Interactive mock-ups

Fri June 22
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Finalize project
4:30 – 6:00 pm // DUE + CRIT :: Interactive Experience Project

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory, absence will impact final grade. For every two unexcused absences, your grade will be lowered by 1/3 of a letter. Two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence. Students who do not stay for the duration of a class session should be marked absent. Students who miss more than 20% of a course owing to unexcused absences cannot be given a passing grade for the course.

Grading

Grades are based on attendance, proficiency, effort, and improvement.

Grades range from A+ to F. The SACI grading scale follows:
A+ Outstanding
A Excellent
A- Nearly Excellent
B+ Very Good
B Good
B- Nearly Good
C+ Above Satisfactory
C Satisfactory
C- Below Satisfactory
D Unsatisfactory
F Failure

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

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