Schedule

This schedule is subject to change
WeekTuesdayThursdayFriday Studio
1 JAN 8
- Enrollment 
Lecture: Course introduction
- Review course website
Intro A1: Type and Grid Warmup
- Drawing sprint: thumbnails
- Tutorial on InDesign grids

- Readings assigned: Bigman on The History of the design grid; Lupton on LetterTextGrid
NOTE: For the  Lupton reading, focus on the Grids section first
 JAN 10
Lecture: Type and Grid
- Readings quiz and discussion
- A1 Draft Crit
Intro A2: Poster Design 
- (A2 sketches due 1/15)
- Readings assigned: Christensen on Critique at Facebook

DUE TODAY: 
- Stage 1 Sketches 
- Stage 2 & 3 layouts (4 digital layouts printed on paper) 
- Read Bigman/Lupton (in-class Quiz 1)
 JAN 11
A1 FINAL CRIT

DUE TODAY:
- Stage 4 final two digital layouts printed on paper

- A1 Final PDF submitted on Canvas by 11:59p
2 JAN 15
Lecture: Visual Organization
- Review example posters
- Readings assigned: 
Meggs (1992) pg 1-15 and 17-67 

DUE TODAY:

- A2 Sketches - bring to class (share/discuss if time) 
- Read Christensen (reading reflection due by 11:59 pm Mon)
 JAN 17
Lecture: Images and Color
- A2 Interim Crit


DUE TODAY: 
-Digital iterations for your poster (bring at least two variations printed)
 JAN 18
- A2 work (bring posters/laptops)
Read Meggs (in-class Quiz 2)

3 JAN 22
A2 FINAL CRIT
- Readings assigned:  McElroy on Prototyping for physical and digital products - read up to "Prototypes for Digital Products" section

DUE TODAY:
 
- A2 final poster design printed on paper and mounted on foam core
- A2 final PDF with all deliverables (due by 11:59pm)
 JAN 24
Lecture: Prototyping Techniques + Working With Materials
Intro A3: Egg Drop Device
-A3 Phase 1 sketches in class in pairs, working from list of A3 approved materials

DUE TODAY: 
- A3 Phase 1 sketches (must be completed before lab section on 1/25 by the absolute latest)
 JAN 25
- A3 work: Stage 2 sketches, work on translating to physical

BRING sketches and materials with you

DUE TODAY: 
-Read McElroy (in-class Quiz 3)
-Stage 1 + 2 sketches

Early A3 P1 physical testing with eggs by end of day Saturday (fill out google form via announcement)

4 JAN 29
- Lecture: Design constraints
- Debrief of A3 Phase 1 testing
- Intro/discuss A3 Phase 2
- A3 Phase 2 sketches in class in pairs

-Readings assigned: Belle Beth Cooper on Design Constraints and Creativity; Bob Sutton for more on Constraints and Creativity

DUE TODAY: 
- A3 Phase 1 report submitted as PDF on Canvas by 11:59p
- A3 Phase 2 sketches, Stage 1
 JAN 31
- Lecture: Design constraints continued
- A3 Phase 2 sketches in class in pairs

-Reading assigned: David Sherwin on The Limits of Prototyping

DUE TODAY: 
-Have read Cooper, Sutton, and Sherwin
- A3 Phase 2 sketches, Stage 2
 FEB 1
- A3 work

DUE TODAY: 
- Quiz 4 (covering all Tu/Th readings)
- Early A3 P2 physical testing with eggs
5

 FEB 5
- A3 Final in-class testing

- A4: Handheld Device Warmup  Instructions posted by Wed - please read before Thursday!

- Reading assigned: Frens on Cardboard Modeling (skim pgs. 149-166 and read rest of paper starting at "Other Techniques: The Use of Graphics" section

DUE TODAY: 
- Final A3 device for testing
A3 Final PDF submitted on Canvas by 11:59p
 FEB 7
- Lecture: Prototyping Interactivity
- Intro A4: Handheld Device Warmup
- A4 Work in class

- Reading assigned: Leah Buley on Usability testing (read for Fri studio)
- Reading assigned: Rikke Dam and Teo Siang on Personas – A Simple Introduction (read for 6/12)

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Frens on Carboard Modeling (quiz 5 Friday in studio section)
- Have throughly read A4 instructions
- A4 work from class (sketches)
 FEB 8
- A4 work

DUE TODAY: 
- Quiz 5
- Have read Buley on usability testing
- A4 Final Design + Writeup submitted on Canvas by 11:59pm
6 FEB 12
- Lecture: Developing Personas- Intro A5: Interactive Kiosk
- A5 persona development in groups
- A5 brainstorming/initial sketches individually + group discussion (if time)

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Dam and Siang on Personas
 FEB 14
- Lecture: Storyboarding
- A5 brainstorming/initial sketches 
- A5 persona development in groups
- A5 Storyboard sketching individually + group discussion (if time)

- Reading Assigned: Nick Babich on Storyboarding in UX Design - Read before Friday Studio 2/15

DUE TODAY: 
- Initial A5 online research collection and group "meta persona"
- Draft of individual persona to bring to studio section
 FEB 15
- A5 work
- Iterate on and share storyboards

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Babich on Storyboarding
-Individual Persona (bring printout to studio) 
- Final persona + 2 storyboards submitted via Canvas by 11:59pm

- Provide feedback ("speed dating") on storyboards to 1-2 other groups

7 FEB 19
- Lecture: Wireframing + Paper Prototype Intro
- Kisok Sketching and Screen Wireframing class group work
- A5 Storyboard debrief (if time)

- Readings Assigned: Will Fanguy on Wireframing vs. Prototyping and Nick Babich on Paper Prototyping

DUE TODAY: 
- Initial Kiosk Brainstorm Sketches
- Initial list of materials
 FEB 21
Class meets in HSS 1346
- Topic: Paper Prorotyping
- Paper Prototype class group work

- Readings Assigned: Erika Hall on Interviewing Humans (quick read)

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Fanguy and Babich (both readings) on Wireframes and Paper Prototypes
- Kiosk sketch (individual, bring to class)
- Wireframes (individual, bring to class)
- Final A5 storyboards (individual, submitted via Canvas before 11:59pm

 FEB 22
- Work on paper prototypes and prelim testing w/ peers

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Hall on Interviews (you need to do this reading ASAP to help with your interviews)

For weekend: Work on completing Phase 1 deliverables
8 FEB 26
- Lecture: Wizard of Oz Prototyping + Design Specs
- Group work

- Readings Assigned: Filippo Salustri on Intro to Product Design Specs (very short) and Karri Saarinen on Building a Visual Language

DUE TODAY: 
- Phase 1 group report submitted via Canvas before 11:59pm

Design spec template Google spreadsheet - Your team must make your own copy. You can edit as you see fit. The "aspects" categories included are a great start, but you might add/subtract based on project
 FEB 28
- Lecture: Moodboards + Visual Language/Style Guides
- Group work on physical kiosk prototype planning and/or moodboards/style guides

- Readings Assigned: Review Frens on Cardboard Modeling - this will serve as a refresher for how to approach aspects of building your physical kiosk

- Supplemental readings on moodboards and style guides - there are many others you can find online

DUE TODAY: 
- Have read Salustri on Design Specs and Saarinen on Visual Language
- Initial design spec document
 MAR 1
- Work on physical kiosk prototype + digital screen design mid/high fidelity layouts

DUE TODAY: 
- Design spec + moodboard + early style guide submitted via canvas before 11:59pm

-For weekend: Work on final style guide (should be finalized by 3/3 so that you can utilize it as you design your screens)

-Continue work on physical kiosk  + mid/high fidelity screen mockups (these should be working towards the screens needed for Step 5 of Phase 2 instructions)
9 MAR 5
- Topic: User testing- Detailed discussion of upcoming deliverables and A5 questions
- Work on screen designs and interactive prototypes in class


DUE TODAY: 
- Should have finalized style guide, be prepared to share it
 MAR 7
- Interim crit in class. Must bring color printouts of the following items:
  • Photos of kiosk proto (diff. angles)
  • Best storyboard and persona
  • Final design language/style guide
  • High res screen example
  • Design spec document
  • Summary of any user testing
DUE TODAY: 
- Low fidelity physical kiosk + paper prototype screens (see A5 instructions)
 MAR 8
- Incorporate A5 feedback from crit
- A5 group work: recommend you focus on being ready to test prototype as described in item #5 from instructions

10 MAR 12
- A5 "triage": focused help and feedback from instructors: prep for final crit

DUE TODAY: 
- Screen designs and 'interactive' proto (item #5 from Phase 2 deliverables) + user testing summary: bring to class
- Poster draft for feedback: bring to class
 MAR 14
- A5 "triage": focused help and feedback from instructors: prep for final crit

DUE TODAY: 
- Submitted via Canvas before 11:59pm 
  • Screen designs and 'interactive' prototype (either as PDF slides or a link to working clickable version
  • A document with your list of tasks and interview questions
  • Summary of user testing
 MAR 15
 - Final crit in studio sessions, with focused feedback from instructors and peers.

Must bring physical kiosk, slides, and poster for crit

DUE TODAY: 
- Mid-fi physical kiosk, slides, poster (see A5 due dates/timeline)
Final MAR 19
- A5 Final Showcase/Demo - takes place during regularly scheduled "final exam" time slot from 11:30am to 2:30pm in HSS 1346.

Setup for showcase begins at 11:30 sharp. Please arrive on time/early!

Note: final PDF deliverables MUST be submitted on Monday 3/18 before 11:59pm ahead of the showcase

DUE TODAY: 
- Final physical kiosk, slides, and poster for showcase/demo