ahandrewh teaches IAT-235information design

The Fall 2021 version of IAT-235Information Design

Course overview

Important information for an overview of Information Design.

Announcements

Class-wide announcements made over the term.

Projects and exercises

Course-work for the term.

Projects

Longer and more complex work.

P1: Layout
  • Individual project.
  • From Sept. 9 to Sept. 23.
  • Worth 15% of final grade.
P2: Research and Present
  • Individual project.
  • From Sept. 23 to Oct. 14.
  • Worth 15% of final grade.
P3: Wireframes
  • Group project.
  • From Oct. 14 to Nov. 4.
  • Worth 25% of final grade.
P4: Design and Develop
  • Group project.
  • From Nov. 4 to Dec. 2.
  • Worth 25% of final grade.

Exercises

Sketching and code exercises to practice design and development.

Balance and Hierarchy Sketch
  • From Sept. 9 to Sept. 12.
Framing Sketch
  • From Sept. 16 to Sept. 19.
Gestalt Sketch
  • From Sept. 23 to Sept. 26.
Content Sketch
  • From Oct. 7 to Oct. 10.
Grids Sketch
  • From Oct. 14 to Oct. 17.
HTML Exercise
  • From Oct. 21 to Oct. 24.
CSS Exercise
  • From Oct. 28 to Oct. 31.
CSS Layout Exercise
  • From Nov. 4 to Nov. 7.
Questions
  • From Nov. 4 to Nov 21.
Takeaways Survey
  • From Nov. 18 to Nov. 28.

Reading reflections

Written reflections on reading content. Only two required over the term.

Reading reflection #1
  • From Sept. 9 to Sept. 16.
Reading reflection #2
  • From Sept. 16 to Sept. 23.
Reading reflection #3
  • From Sept. 23 to Oct. 7.
Reading reflection #4
  • From Oct. 7 to Oct. 14.
Reading reflection #5
  • From Oct. 14 to Oct. 21.
Reading reflection #6
  • From Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.
Reading reflection #7
  • From Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.
Reading reflection #8
  • From Nov. 4 to Nov. 18.
Reading reflection #9
  • From Nov. 18 to Nov. 25.

Code tutorials

Course code tutorial files and links to live 'playgrounds' for completed tutorials.

Lectures

All lectures slides for Fall 2021.

Developing Process (Sept. 9)

An introduction to the course and thinking about an information and user experience design process.

Structuring Content (Sept. 16)

Thinking about layout and structure to direct movement through content.

Understanding Context (Sept. 23)

The importance of research to help understand context in a design process.

Content Structures (Oct. 7)

Considering not only the design of content, but the content itself as a part of our process.

Bare Bones (Oct. 14)

An introduction to interaction design and wireframing.

Semantics, Accessibility and Markup (Oct. 21)

This week we will introduce HTML and how proper use can mean more accessible websites.

Responsiveness and You (Oct. 28)

An introduction to responsive web design and styling your HTML with CSS.

Build Responsively (Nov. 4)

Focusing on the building of responsive web layouts and an introduction to your final project.

Technical Questions (Nov. 18)

A lecture for answering any lingering questions you have about the final project, HTML, or CSS.

Final Project Support (Nov. 25)

We will use this lecture time as open support for your final project.