An introduction to the course and thinking about an information and user experience design process. Lecture slides will be made available on the day of the lecture.
Welcome to IAT-235!
Your teaching team
Pouria Delfanazari, TA for D101/D102
Kimia Aghaei, TA for D103/D104
There will be a weekly announcement posted to Canvas and to the announcements page. These will serve as a 'what is coming up' notification.
Contacting your instructors
A friendly how-to
Andrew, Pouria and Kimia are available via:
Please allow up to 2 business days for responses.
We do not provide design critique via email or chat. Please arrange a meeting or attend office hours for design critique.
To make our responses faster, please include the following in your email:
- Your full name.
- The course number (IAT-235).
- Your lab number.
- A clear question.
Please treat our online interactions the same way you would in-person interactions.
If you have concerns about anyone's conduct at any point, please direct message or email Andrew.
Unless you have an approved exemption, you are required to wear a mask in all indoor common and learning spaces, including classrooms.
Please come to campus prepared with a non-medical mask.
If you need a mask exemption
If you require a mask exemption in the classroom for medical reasons, please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If you are requesting mask exemptions on other protected grounds, such as religion, you can contact the Office of Student Support, Rights and Responsibilities at email@example.com.
If you have an approved exemption
Please remember that masks are just one layer of protection, if you have an exemption please maintain social distancing with your classmates.
Please be kind
If someone is not wearing a mask, do not make assumptions or judgements as that person may be exempt.
If someone asks you to give them a bit more space, please do. Not all of us may be as comfortable in the classroom.
If you are ill, stay home. You are able to attend the lecture remotely or watch the recording later, and follow-up with Andrew or your TA to arrange an alternative time for critique. I
If you will be ill for a prolonged period of time (more than a week) please email Andrew to arrange accommodations.
If one of the teaching team is ill, we will notify you via Canvas and course chat before 8:30am on the day of the lecture or lab.
Lectures will be streamed and recorded on zoom. You will need to log in through sfu.zoom.us before being able to access the room.
We have some etiquette requests:
- Use headphones
- Keep your audio and video muted
- For online office hours bring any materials for critique ready as a web link
What to expect
Our lectures will involve a fair bit of talking, but not always by your instructor. Lectures include:
- Explanation of theory and practice
- Sketching/in-lecture activities
- Critiquing sketching exercises
What to expect
Labs will be some activities but a lot of critique. It is your opportunity to get project feedback.
Labs will not be available remotely. If you will be unable to attend please arrange an alternative time to receive feedback on your projects.
A reminder that this course expects about 6-9 hours of work outside of class. Because we have flipped portions of the class, you will be able to complete some of this work during lecture or labs.
If you ever have concerns with workload please email Andrew.
Our main course-site
Andrew opens up Canvas and briefly introduces it here.
- Layout — 15% (Individual)
- Research and Present — 15% (Individual)
- Wireframes — 25% (Group)
- Design and Develop — 25% (Group)
80% of your grade.
All team projects will require team contracts. If you ever have concerns about teamwork or your teammates please email Andrew.
Readings are available entirely digitally.
Please read these before the lecture.
Those terrifying things
Reading reflections will be taking place for reading quizzes.
There are nine reflections available, and you are only required to complete two. Reflections are due before the following lecture.
You may complete up to three reflections and have the lowest grade dropped.
10% of your final grade.
Sketching and coding exercises
Sketching and coding exercises are to help further explore your projects and practice your sketching. We will typically discuss some of the prior week's sketches at the start of lecture.
10% of your final grade.
This course has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism on projects. If you are found presenting work that is not your own or resubmitting old work without notice, you will receive a failing grade on that project. No exceptions.
Late or problematic submissions
Late submissions receive 10% per day late.
Problematic submissions — i.e. we can't open the URL or the wrong files were submitted — receive an immediate 20% off plus late penalties on the resubmission.
Concerns with grades
Please notify Andrew of any grading concerns within 10 days of the grades being released. This can include just getting some further feedback and/or wanting to have something regraded.
Course overview questions?
If you have any questions that linger about the course overview, please feel free to email Andrew or ask during our lecture time.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Walter's hierarchy of user needs (2020)
We are looking to suggest and explore, not to confirm our ideas. Our sketches should be:
- Appropriately detailed
Quick sketching can be achieved through making appropriate sized sketches and not committing too much time to each sketch.
We want to be generating lots of different ideas when we sketch.
Less 'similar' ideas:
When generating ideas our sketches should be low fidelity; rough with enough detail to talk about.
Let's recap a bit of 'sketching language' before we move forward.
Let's sketch again
You have four minutes.
- 1080 pixels (wide) by 1920 pixels (tall).
- Only white, black, and 70% gray
- Only the following text:
- Sundar Kumar (author)
- Learning through travel (title)
- An exercise (subtitle)
- Only a sans-serif font (provided)
- Sketch a symmetrical layout.
- Sketch an asymmetrical layout.
- Sketch a symmetrical layout without centering everything.
- Sketch an asymmetrical layout that uses empty space to focus attention.
Sketches for critique
Each week I will select some of the sketches for us to discuss during this time. We will use them to practice critique as well as to pull apart our process.
Please note that sketches are due on Sundays by 23:59 (PST).
Drop-in to say hello to Pouria and Kimia plus get some feedback on the sketching exercise.
Thinking about layout and structure to direct movement through content.
Pre-recorded lectures and slides will typically become available the day of or day after the lecture.