ARTD(VD)495 Visual Design, Michael Reali, Summer I 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTD(VD)495 Visual Design, Michael Reali, Summer I 2019

Circle, Square, Triangle

A visual exploration of geometrical shapes and design principles drawing inspiration from three remarkable designers: Leonardo da Vinci, Bruno Munari and M.C. Escher.

Students will work on 4 main projects:

1. PECHA KUCHA presentation
2. INFOGRAPHIC poster
3. VISUAL NARRATIVE booklet
4. INTERACTIVE webpage

Schedule

WEEK 1 // Introducing a Visual Language
Mon May 20
1:00 – 3:00 pm // Introductions + objectives + course overview; Lecture: Basics of Visual Design, Intro to Exercise 1: Circle, Square, Triangle: A Collage.
3:30 – 5:30 pm // Work in class on Exercise 1, work due at 5pm
5:30 – 6:00 pm // Crit + Group discussion
6:00 – 6:30 pm // Introduction to Project 1: A Geometric Florence in PechaKucha Format. Due Mon, May 27 (The Basics of Visual Design in 120 cellphone images)

Wed May 22
1:00 – 3:00 pm // Exercise 2: Squaring the Circle: Building a set of shapes inspired by Leonardo in Illustrator
3:30 – 5:30 pm // Exercise 3: Working with Type
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Exercises due; Crit + Group discussion

Fri May 24
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Exercise 4: Building a "Useless Machine"
4:30 – 6:00 pm // How to: Slide decks & the PechaKucha format

WEEK 2 // Visualizing Data
Mon May 27
1:00 – 2:30 pm // Finalize Presentation, practice, etc
3:00 – 5:00 pm // DUE: A Geometric Florence in PechaKucha Format
5:00 – 6:30 pm // Introduction to Information Graphics + LATCH Approach to Data

Wed May 29
1:00 – 5:30 pm // Field Trip: Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, Florence (TBC)
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Discuss ideas, visualization and audiences

Fri May 31
1:00 – 2:00 pm // Sketches due; class crit
2:00 – 3:00 pm // Exercise 5: "Positive/Negative"
2:00 – 6:00 pm // Work in class on Infographics

WEEK 3 // Telling Visual Stories
Mon June 3
1:00 – 3:00 pm // Finalize production; desk crits
3:30 – 5:30 pm // DUE + CRIT: Infographic Poster
5:30 – 6:30 pm // Lecture: The Booklet, Multi-page Sequencing, Narrative Arcs and "Unreadable Books".

Wed June 5
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Field Trip: Looking for inspiration in a Florentine bookstore #BookCover2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm // Exercise 6: A 4-panel story.
4:00 – 5:00pm // class crit + group discussion/ideation on Visual Narrative ideas
5:00 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on storytelling, visual style and sequence; desk crits

Fri June 7
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Project update
1:30 – 6:00 pm // Work in class

WEEK 4 // Making Digital Experiences
Mon June 10
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Finalize production
4:30 – 6:30 pm // DUE + CRIT: Visual Narrative Booklet

Wed June 12
1:00 – 2:00 pm // Lecture: Introduction to Web Design and Figma
2:00 – 3:00 pm // Group discussion/ideation on Web Design ideas
3:30 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on architecture, wireframes and visual style, desk crits

Fri June 14
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Project update
1:30 – 6:00 pm // Work in class on mock-ups

WEEK 5 // Prototyping for the Web
Mon June 17
1:00 – 1:30 pm // Project update
2:00 – 6:30 pm // Work in class on adding Interaction and Prototyping for presentation

Wed June 19
Guest Lecturer: Camilla Torna (TBC)
1:00 – 4:00 pm // Finalize project
4:30 – 6:30 pm // DUE + CRIT: Interactive Webpage

Fri June 21
Guest Lecturer: Camilla Torna (TBC)
1:00 – 6:00 pm // FINAL CRIT on all 4 projects

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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