Project 4 | Tuesday 12/06 and Thursday 12/09

Tuesday and/or Thursday:
Share with the class! – Let’s see your documentation (or construction or designs or test install) and get feedback from the class, regardless of where you are in the process. Direction from your peers on how the project is going is critical. Plan for feedback on either Tuesday or Thursday (up to you).

Final piece due via course folder end of class Thursday 12/09 or via drop box if BEFORE Thursday 12/22.

Final submitted piece should be a video documentation with:
– Name of piece
– Students involved
– Documentation of piece (could include sketches, preparation, but should definitely include close shots, still images, comprehensive shots of installation)
– Capture public interaction or response to piece
– Between 3 and 5 minutes (5 is long!)
– .mov or .mp4 is fine. This should be under 1GB! 200MB? 400MB? (500MB?)


NOTES regarding actual installation process:

Any interventions on or near the College Green (College Hall, Button, etc.) should be reviewed by Student Services (ask for Aman) so they don’t conflict with other events.

You can submit a reservation request at least 2-3 days in advance of their desired set up date.

Students should be mindful of both the university facilities as well as their audiences’ sensibilities/attitudes.

Installations should be able to be erected and de-installed safely and responsibly – sites should be left as they were found

Duration should be as short as possible to get audience interaction and sufficient documentation – 24-hours – less if possible



Project 4 | Tuesday 11/29 and Thursday 12/01

Tuesday Proposal:
Working in our groups to make an initial proposal to instructor before end of class
Proposal should include:
– message to be delivered
two to three possible forms for delivery of message, please show sketches
two to three suggested locations for installation
– detail explanation of how forms are integrated with environment to create message
– be open to expansion of form to be more memorable, to better deliver message
Must get approval of proposal before preparing for presentation on Thursday

Thursday Presentation:
Work in groups between now and Thursday to prepare an onscreen presentation
Presentations will begin at 530pm on Thursday
Presentation should be 5 to 7 minutes with additional 5 to 10 minutes for class response
Onscreen presentations should include:
– photoshopped imagery
– sketches
– online examples
– on-site photographs
– facts & figures
Onscreen presentations must include:
– initial designs
– and any other relevant materials necessary to the project


Homework for Tuesday, November 22nd 

  1. Project 3.2: Due
  2. Photoshoot! Dress for your wearable!
  3. Submit paper wearable
  4. Submit a digital 11×17″ pdf (flat) layout of you wearing your paper wearable, the code, and the visualization before manipulation (complete in class)
  5. Summit a working processing file (should be done BEFORE class, email it to yourself on a different computer to make sure it works!)
  6. Project 4: Take pictures over the weekend of possible public spaces! Share with group!
  7. Project 4: Be ready to move into groups and start a schedule/plan of how you will complete project 4 in and out of class.


Homework for Thursday, November 17th 

  1. Project 3.2: Keep working on designing and developing your wearable. Photoshoot on Tuesday the 22nd.
  2. Project 4: Take pictures of public spaces and have a topic to share. Let’s sit around the table and have a discussion about your project 4 ideas!!! Be prepared to take notes!!!


Homework for Tuesday, November 15th – HAVE YOUR PAPER PROTOTYPE READY TO WEAR! Repetition of forms is your friend!!

  1. 3.1 DUE
    Deliverable 1: A simple text file that captures your data as numbers, words, or symbols.
    Deliverable 2: A visual sketch (in your visual diary) that describes your wearable and how the data is applied. Please deliver a copy of this.
    Deliverable 3: A one to one paper prototype of your wearable which you can wear and show on your body.
    Deliverable 4: A short key on how to read your visual (this can be a picture of a written key from your visual diary, or a text file, etc)
  2. Have your textile and/or design samples for your wearable printed out to share with class. Show how they will work on your wearable! Have a couple different options of “how you apply design to your wearable”
  3. Think about HOW you are getting the design on the wearable?!? (print on the paper directly? other?)
  4. 3.2 Photoshoot FOLLOWING Tuesday the 22nd!!! Dress to impress! And remember, craft counts as part of the message (hide ugly construction work like tape, string, etc and photoshop the rest – only has to hold together for one day)
  5. Final 11×7″ Project 3 layout due printed before end of class Tue 22nd – past student examples are on the blog – will review again
  6. Your working Processing file (and folder) is due Tue 22nd
    Criteria for Project 3 is as follows:
    – Quality, complexity and amount of data a fair representation of topic?
    – Is processing used to create imagery from the collected data?
    – Does all the imagery generated represent data?
    – Is generated imagery from data understandable using basic design principles?
    – Exploration in design from prototype to production of final wearable (were there multiple versions, varied structural concepts and graphic applications sketched, executed and explored?).
    – Design, creativity, concept in regards to the wearable and the adaptation of (data) graphics to wearable.
    – Execution and quality of craft of wearable.
    – Execution and quality of photo documentation.
    – Execution and format of final printed document.
    (Not all criteria weighs the same in evaluation)



Homework for Tuesday November 8th

1) SKETCH MULTIPLE VISUALIZATIONS FOR YOUR DATA in your visual diary. Then sketch your favorite in illustrator (but have multiple options in your visual diary ready for the tutor!)

2) START YOUR PROCESSING FILE. Try to translate your favorite sketch into the Processing software. Remember, your visualization should relate DIRECTLY to the data! Tutors can help but only if it makes sense to your data!

3) KEEP A KEY IN YOUR VISUAL DIARY of how your visualization works. It should be easily understandable once you explain the signifiers!

4) TUTORS ARE IN OUR CLASS ON TUESDAY. Be ready with your processing file and have questions!

5) HAVE THREE DIFFERENT SKETCHES OF POSSIBLE PAPER WEARABLES in your visual diary to share. We will move quickly and you will need options to pull from.



8) Data collected for project 3 can be qualitative or quantitative.
 that you can turn in.

9) Review Cairo’s “FUNCTIONAL ART” – Great place for visualization ideas and part of our reading list.

10) Will have this project completed by Thanksgiving, so kick it off right and do the exploration! Search the web for visualizations. We will be looking at paper wearables shortly but it’s never too soon!


Homework for Tuesday November 1st


  •  We will look at animations at the start of class as part of the critique process.
  • Make sure you put your animation on youtube or vimeo and submit it to the blog before class.
  • Turn in an .mov or mp4 (or other MAC usable) video file to the course folder.
  • Try to stay (way) under 300MB. Use adobe media encoder if necessary!

1) COLLECT DATA ON YOURSELF – What is your topic? Is it how much social media you use? How many new people you meet a day and how much you like them? Start thinking about your topic and start collecting data on yourself for project 3.

For example—>
Possible date topic: Liquids I drink in a day
Collect data each time I take a drink.
first type of data: days and times that I take a drink
second type: type of drink I am drinking
third type of data: the amount liquid I drank
fourth type of data: on a scale of 1 to 5, how much i liked my drink

3) Data collected for project 3 can be qualitative or quantitative. SHARE YOUR DATA with the class on Tuesday.

4) Read Rushkoff’s “Program or Be Programmed” Chapter 01

5) Post an interesting visualization on the blog!!


Homework for Tuesday October 25th

1) COLLECT DATA ON YOURSELF – What is your topic? Is it how much social media you use? How many new people you meet a day and how much you like them? Start thinking about your topic and start collecting data on yourself for project 3.

2) PUT SOME TIME INTO YOUR ANIMATION! – Final piece due on Thursday!!!

3) GO TO THE TUTORIAL that is on Sunday. See tutorial page for time. Thx!


Homework for Tuesday October 18th

1) Read Chapter 7 of the McCloud essay

2) To prepare for your animation, make detailed sketches by creating a storyboard. It should be 3 to 10 pages long in your visual diary and made up of as many cells/thumbnail images as you like. These do not have to be visual “masterpieces” but they should effectively:

  • describe how the action/timing evolves within your narrative
  • show how transitions work within the animation to move from scene to scene
  • show variety and pacing using far shots, mid shots, and close shots
  • comments under your cells/thumbnail images to describe… anything!

3) Complete 10 seconds for project 2.2 – Watch your pacing and stretch out the action as necessary. We will look at your animation clip at the start of class on Tuesday for feedback from the group. Be prepared to revise your work and expand on your animation with imagery you have already collected.

4) Project 2.1 and 2.2 will be due on Thursday, Oct 27th – next week you will begin to work more independently in the course. Decide where to direct and divide your creative energies to complete the projects at hand!

5) (Due to scheduling difficulties…) processing tutorials are coming up very soon! Make sure to put these dates in your schedule:

Processing Tutorial 1
Sunday October 23rd
Processing Tutorial 2
Sunday October 30th


Homework for Tuesday October 11th

1) Work on all of your static images, trying to spend an even amount of time on each of them. Do extra versions to EXPLORE different compositions for EACH static image, alternating with new objects to see how to clarify your narrative.

2) Layout all of your static images in InDesign into an 11×17″ layout (read assignment sheet for details).

3) Share project 2.1 with class

4) Prepare for pop quiz Thursday


Homework for Tuesday October 4th

1) Two different sketches in photoshop – try to develop two different styles or directions for the work to share with the class. We will pick one direction by the end of class and further develop the project. (You can use the same scene or pick two different scenes to sketch in photoshop)

2) Read DiMarco02_DesignPrinciplesAndPlanning.pdf – includes: unity, balance, rhythm, repetition, symmetry, scale and proportion, dominance, abstraction, evaluation, conceptualization (thumb sketch & storyboarding, print and animation)

3) Read DiMarco01_ElementsAndPrinciples.pdf – pages 60-72 includes: line, color, color wheels, palettes and swatches, complementary, analogous, and various color schemes

4) Move surprise quiz to Thursday!


Homework for Thursday Sept 28

1)  Read assignment sheets for project 2 overview and 2.1

2) Bring your chosen narrative with you to class, be prepared to share

3) Have at least 6 sketches in your visual diary, be prepared to translate them for review by the class

4) Study for surprise quiz (for next Tuesday, based on readings and lectures)


Homework for Thursday Sept 22

1)  Laser print project 1.3 during first half hour of class for class discussion (look at other projects as well as you wish)

2) Move 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 final plotter 12×12″ final prints due Tue Sept 27


Homework for Tuesday Sept 20

1)  Read  davis_gdesign_theory.pdf – Chapter 2, “The Nature of Representation” pages 34-37 (includes intro, “What Do We Mean by Representation” and “The Culture of Context”)

2) For Project 1.3, and from the 10 sketches in your visual diary, develop two different versions of one story (or two) from Invisible Cities to put on the wall and share with the class. Consider composition and the development of 3D space within your 2D sketches. You may use any tool you like to sketch as long as you do your sketch by hand and make it at least 8.5 x 8.5″ in scale.

3) Continue working on Project 1.1 and 1.2, due Thursday the 22nd.


Homework for Thursday Sept 15

1) Read several chapters from Calvino’s Invisible Cities and choose a city you would like to recreate for Project 1.3 (according to Project 1.3 guidelines).

2) Be prepared to describe your city in class and do at least 10 sketches in your visual diary. Consider composition and the development of 3D space within your 2D sketches. Be ready to develop two different sketches for mid-class critique on Thursday (you’ll have an hour!).

2) Read the Project 1.3 assignment sheet!


Homework for Tuesday Sept 13

1) Have two different Illustrator renderings for Project 1.2 (in color) to share with the class.  Print off of laser on 11×17″ for now. Read assignment sheet for project details, constraints, and more!

2) Continue working on Project 1.1. Will look at it on screen during lab time.


Homework for Thursday Sept 08

1) Read lectures: Lecture_Week01-2_CommModels.pdf and Lecture_Week02_DavisSignsCategorStyle.pdf

2) Read the new Project 1.1 assignment sheet for all deliverables!!
How do you create beautiful, intentional shapes that “feel” like a noise?

3) Read Project 1.2 assignment sheet
– Do required sketches in your visual diary (minimum of 12)
– Do required marker sketches to share with the class for discussion (minimum of 9)




Homework for Tuesday Sept 06

1) Read davis_gdesign_theory.pdf – Chapter 2, “The Nature of Representation” pgs 38-45 (includes“Choosing an Appropriate Sign,” “categorization,” and “representational style,”)

2) Read howells_semiotics_visual_culture.pdf – Chap 5 Semiotics Topics: Semiotics, Types of Signs, Communication, Audience, Visual Culture, Elements of visual rhetoric (Understatement, Exaggeration, Irony)

3) Spend a minimum of 5 hours sketching/developing Project 1 in Illustrator – show 3 different compositions


Homework for Thursday Sept 01

1)  In your visual diary:
– Identify the sounds you have recorded in your visual diary
– Do at least 5 rough sketches in your visual diary BE LITERAL
– Do 10 more rough sketches in your visual diary ABSTRACT YOUR PREVIOUS SKETCHES

2) Translate 2 literal and 2 abstract sketches by using Black Marker and 8.5×11″ paper. Share these with the class

3) Read lupton_gdesign_thinking.pdf, Chap2 pages 61-101 “How to Get Ideas” (Includes “Forced Connections,” “Visual Puns,” “Action Verbs,” “Icons, Symbols, Index,” and “Visual Diary”)


Welcome to Fall 2016 Art, Design + Digital Culture Homework Page

Will add the weekly homework here, usually on Thursdays. Weekly homework may include: readings, project work, project research, project sketches, blog posts, group work, more readings, other work tbd, etc.

Students are expected to work on their assignments 10 hours outside the class time. All projects must be complete at the start of class on the day that they are due; neatly presented and following the guidelines established for that project. Please note, late work is not accepted. Incompletes are not given. If you are not able to be in class when a Project is due, it is still your responsibility to make sure the work should is submitted on time. If you have extenuating circumstances any time during the semester you must notify me immediately.