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Selected Syllabi
Selected syllabi for courses developed and taught:
Information Design
  (Spring 2011, Spring 2012)

Information design has been described as "the art and science of preparing information so that it can be used by human beings with efficiency and effectiveness" (Jacobson, 2000). The term information design is most frequently applied to the design of documents, interfaces, three-dimensional spaces and pathways; however, it can also refer to the development of a host of information systems and environments.

This course examines the process of designing with information within the context of iSchool research and practice. Conceptual and practical themes (e.g., way-finding, user-centered design, multimodality, human-in-the-loop, nature and flow of information, and mechanics of communication) are examined across fields of study such as human computer interaction, information architecture, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, information visualization, and interface design.

Digital Documentation for the Arts
  (Fall 2010)

This studio-based course provides students with an opportunity to explore issues related to documenting and digitally presenting multimedia information. Multimedia content uses a combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactive content forms. Digital presentations could include web sites, digital video, galleries, eBooks, or blogs, among others. Co-taught by instructors from the iSchool and VPA, Digital Dicumentation for the Arts will be of interest to students in the visual and performing arts, as well as information students interested in working with or creating collections of diverse, multimedia information.

Course material covers three primary themes: 1) creating compelling and coherent visual narratives related to an image-based research topic or art practice of interest; 2) designing, building and maintaining digital presentations; 3) developing an ongoing practice of recordmaking and documentation, including capturing relevant aspects of work-in-progress or timebased events.

Interactive Laboratory: Responsive Environments
  (Spring 2009)

Students explore the intersection of information, interaction, and installation art in this cross-disciplinary course taught by professors from Art, Design and the iSchool. Using MaxMSP as a design environment, assignments and activities allow students to investigate the functional, conceptual and expressive possibilities of weaving together materials, technology and interaction. Studio projects intersect materials, information, information policy, design, project management, and interaction in physical space. Course material includes programming microcontrollers, use of sensors and emitters, functional or non-functional sculpture, various data and information sources, video and sound.

Digital Media + Interaction Design

An introduction to the principles of interactivity, typography and design for a range of digital media, including concepts of interface design, information design, play and an understanding of the relationships between image, typography and sound.

Three Dimensional Design

An introduction to the fundamentals of three-dimensional concepts, form and structure, including materials, methods and production techniques. Specifically geared to providing digital arts students with hands-on building and design experience with physical rather than virtual materials.

Web Design I

Course covers basic web design, sitebuilding and information design topics. Students learn to hand-code, analyze existing sites and understand the web development process.

Web Design II

Building on Web Design I, students gain building skills while learning about interactive and web design principles.

Selected course proposals:
Experimental Drawing: Diagrams, debris, maps amd marks
This workshop is designed to introduce students to a process-based experimental drawing practice, combining studio work with short lectures and research of both art and non-art subjects related to mark-marking, problem solving, invention and vsual representation.
Information Architecture for Web Designers
Designed to provide intermediate level design students with a solid background in information architecture, as well as further their understanding of professional web development practice and starndards. It is intended for students already familiar with basic concepts of screen design and interactive functionality.
Words and Pictures: Images and Text in Visual Art
Working with concepts of words as image, words with images and words about images, this interdisciplinary class combines studio practice and art historical references. Sources range from Surrealist games and the chnace experiments of William Burroughs and John Cage to Cy Twombly's calligraphic line and Jasper Johns' integration of text elements and painting.