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Designing for Change
VISC 520 Junior & Studio Course | Project 1 | Project 2 | Resources | Competencies

This  assignent is based on two questions teachers tend to ask...

What are students learning? and How does this experience fit in all of the experiences they will have here?

Everybody is always busy. Students are incredibly busy, when I have polled classes on what do they fear most about a project or class, the answer is always some form of the same answer...they are scared they won’t have or put in enough time. When I follow up and ask them “what is stopping you?”, I get some of what I expect: jobs, social activities, hobbies, working out, stuff, volunteering, family and the like. I always get this answer: they have too much to do.

Our profession has been additive (designers have more responsibilities: the thinking and making in all its forms across all our media) and our curriculums have been too to keep up.

So this assignment’s objective is to get you to slow down for a sec and reflect on your experiences and communicate your unique story of how your work represents your personal goals and our curricular goals. What have you done? Why have you done it? and what does it mean to you?

The outcome of this 3 week assignment is that you will create a visualization that connects what you’re supposed to know to what you have done. You will find the story that is interwoven between these diverse experiences. You will evaluate what you have learned and what you need/want to know.

1. Evaluate work based on bloom’s taxonomy 2. Evaluate work based on AIGA/NASAD competencies 3. Evaluate work based on a personal narrative 4. Create map that communicates all these relationships


(google any of these...)

Graph-based diagrams: these take a collection of items and relationships between them, andexpress them by giving each item a 2D position, while the relationships are expressed as connections between the items or overlaps between the items; examples of such techniques:
tree diagram     network diagram     cluster diagram    flowchart    Euler diagram    Venn diagram    Existential graph    Maps

Chart-like diagram techniques: which display a relationship between two variables that take either discrete or a continuous ranges of values:
histogram    bar chart    pie chart    function graph    scatter plot    table/matrix    exploded view




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TUE JAN 16
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Inclass: Class Intro, Expectations and Syllabus; Set Up and Assign Project 1: Reflection Map 

Homework: Using post-its start organizing your design educational experiences with regards to Bloom’s taxonomy, AIGA competencies and your personal narrative. Come up with 3 ways of organizing these experiences.

PDF from a mapping workshop for your information if you dig mapping


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THU JAN 18
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Inclass: Show your start. Bring in the big paper, notes, post-its, tape etc.




feltron.com
Spreadsheet to Data Vis Fast — http://rawgraphs.io/
DATA SETS — from fivethirtyeight

Homework: Design 3 poster concepts. Half size and Black & White is ok. Produce these concepts however you feel comfortable. Hand sketches if tight will work, but you may want the ability to make shapes (copy & paste, etc.) on the computer. Find a way to visualize your ideas to get feedback and see what it working.

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TUE JAN 23
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Inclass: Review 3 concepts. 
Homework: Refine one direction and bring to next class full size in color. Tile on the laser printer if that helps save some money.

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THU JAN 25
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No class go to Hallmark: Andrew Blauvelt
Check in with Jeremy to make sure you are not counted absent.

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TUE JAN 30
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Inclass: Review poster full-size. 
Homework:
Refine one direction.

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THU FEB 01
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Inclass: Review & Refine.

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Inclass: Review final mockup.

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Final Reflection Poster Due. Bring in printed full-size and save a pdf on the server.

Inclass: Card Sort
Using the cards given right down whatever pops into your head when asked the following questions. The goal is to get a “pile” of words you can sift through, prioritize and say ye or ney to.

1. What is currently getting you stoked? What are you into?
2. What do you like to design/make?
3. What is going on in the world that you care about?
4. What is strongest in your portfolio? weakest? (types of projects/skills)
5. What part of the design process do you prefer?
6. What industry would you like to work in?


Homework: Begin Project 2. Bring in a Launch and a Refresh idea to share with the class. Make a short slide presentation for each and communicate what it is and why it should change.