CS 4634 – Design of Information

 

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Course Schedule

Fall 2015


 

 

Class Schedule

Here is the current schedule for the course. This course meets on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. However, be alert for changes to the schedule.

 

Tuesday schedule

Thursday schedule

8/25: 1.A Introduction

8/27:1.B What is the meaning of this? / Problem finding

Read: A Brief History of Information Architecture

Assignment: Read Practical Guide to Information Design Workbook Introduction and chapter 1

Homework assigned: Homework 1 and Homework 3 (counts double)


9/1: 2.A What is Design?

Activity: Overlooked Information in the Environment review

Due: Homework 1


9/3: 2.B Design Charette: observing the CS Dept screens
Homework assigned: Homework 2

Assignment: Read Practical Guide to Information Design Workbook chapter 2

Activity: Charette investigate the CS hallway display

9/8: 3.A Project assigned / Designers People / Audience Methods

Assignment:

Read: "Ten Steps to Personas"

Assigned: Team Project Report 1 grades and comments

Activity: assign research groups

Activity: Personas

9/10: 3.B Critique (practicum) / Personas

Assignment: Read Practical Guide to Information Design Workbook chapter 3 Assigned: Team Project Report 2, Presentation 1

Activity: critique

Due: Homework 2 grades and comments


9/15: 4.A Flying Cars and Chindogu: What is Good Design
Assignment: Read Dieter Rams on Good Design and listen to Mike Montiero on how desingers ruined the world

Activity: Chindogu

9/17: 4.B Research Presentations

Due: Team Project Report 1 grades and comments

Due: Team Project Report 2 and Presentation grades and comments

9/22: 5.A Design Methods & Heuristics / Metadata

Assignment:

Read: "On the nature of Information"

Activity: zillow.com as narrative

Read: "The K-J Technique" & "It's Just a Method"

9/24: 5.B (XML) Shakespeare Festival

Due: Homework 3 grades and comments

Activity: XML Shakespeare Festival

9/29: 6.A Conceptual Design / Visual Thinking 1

Assignment:

Activity: ideation methods: Brand/Content/Function & morphological box

Activity: Team Formation begins

10/1: 6.B Conceptual Design / Visual Thinking 2 / Storyboarding

Activity: drawing on both sides of the brain

Activity: team formation

10/6: 7.A Team formation / ideation charette

Assignment: one storyboard about one project idea

Activity: Team Formation ends, 10 project ideas, storyboards of project ideas

10/8: 7.B Service Design

Read: "The Role of Metaphor in Design", IBM's method, Interface Concepts method, one from ACM that might seem familiar

10/13: 8.A Concept Development / select one approach
Assignment: Read Information Architecture intro + Part 1 (chapters 1-4)

Homework assigned: Homework 4

10/15: 8.B Informaton architecture & Systems Thinking

Assignment: Read Information Architecture intro + Part 1 (chapters 1-4)

Activity: systems exercises (Upload individual and group set+systems)

10/20: 9.A Concept Presentations
Due:
Project Report 3 grades and comments
Assignment: Read Information Architecture intro + Part 1 (chapters 1-4)
Project Report 4 assigned
Activity: critique concepts


10/22: 9.B Project Planning
Assignment: Read Information Architecture intro + Part 1 (chapters 1-4) + QUIZ

Homework due: Homework 4
Activity: Delphi Project Planning Method

 

10/27: 10.A The Language of Graphic Design

Due: Project Report 4

Assignment: Read Information Architecture Chapters 5-7

 

10/29: 10.B Architctures of Information / Organization systems / Labelling Systems

Assignment: Read Information Architecture Chapters 5-7 + QUIZ

Homework assigned: Homework 5

Activity: project status update, card sort

11/03: 11.A Network bingo/anti-bingo / UXD & Service Design
Activity: Network bingo/anti-bingo practicum

11/05: 11.B Design Review

Due: Upload Project Report 5 design review

Activity: project status update with numbers

Activity: design critique


11/10:12.A IA: Research and Design

Assignment: Read Information Architecture Chapters 10, 11 & 13 + QUIZ

Homework due: Homework 5

Activity: remaining design review of projects

Activity: zillow content analysis (if time permits)

11/12: 12.B: IA, Systems Thinking, XML, and Design Review

Homework assigned: Homework 6

Activity: project status update with numbers

11/17:13.A MID TERM

11/19: 13.B Patents, Copyright, and Making Money

Assignment: Listen to (or read): "When Patents Attack"

and if you have time: Listen to (or read): "When Patents Attack, part 2 "

Activity: project status update with numbers


11/24: BREAK

11/27: Thanksgiving

12/01: 15.A Persuasion

Homework due: Homework 6

Activity: project status update with numbers

12/03: 15.B NO CLASS - Work Day (Project managment update)

12/8:

Final Team Presentations

Activity: project status update with numbers

12/11 Due: Final Report Scores and comments

12/15: FINAL EXAM DUE: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

 

 

 

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