P3: Research and Present (due Jun 21)
Performing effective research and presenting your work are both important to becoming an effective designer. In this project you will practice doing some initial research and present it.
This project is completed individually.
P3: Research and Present is worth 10% of your final grade.
This project spans multiple weeks. Please read the weekly instructions carefully.
From Jun 7 to Jun 14
The first week of this project is about selecting a design culture you are unfamiliar with, stating your assumptions, and performing initial research into that culture.
Please complete the following:
- Select a design culture you want to explore. This can be from a different cultural or aesthetic perspective, such as South Korean design or flat design. Please note:
- This cannot be a design culture you are familiar with.
- There must be enough visual design material to discuss — make sure there are at least eight sources.
- This design culture should have visual evidence of graphic or interface design.
- Come up with a list of assumptions you may have about the design culture chosen. Write it down.
- Rephrase the list of assumptions as questions. For example, if one of my assumptions is "Flat design is the best design approach," my question could be "What are the advantages and disadvantages of flat design?"
- Pick two of the questions to research. For each question collect resources that you believe will answer the question, use a proper citation format (i.e. APA or MLA) for the list. We recommend:
- Use the SFU library's collection of online resources as a starting point.
- Exploring media — designs, videos, interviews — that are specifically about the culture being investigated.
Bring to your Jun 14 lab
A URL to a document (i.e. Google Docs) or a PDF that contains:
- The chosen design culture.
- The assumptions.
- The assumptions turned into questions.
- An initial list of resources that try and answer two of the questions.
From Jun 14 to Jun 21
This week is about trying to answer the questions and presenting on the research. Please complete the following:
- Working with feedback from the prior lab, revise the questions and list of resources as necessary.
- Review the resources to try and answer one question. Take notes on material and save images that seem relevant to the questions.
- Create a summary of what you believe helps to answer the question. Use the notes and saved images to show what may answer the questions.
- Assemble a presentation on the research. This presentation should:
- Answer the following:
- What design culture is being researched?
- What is the question?
- What has the research uncovered?
- How did the research answer (or not answer) the questions?
- Aim for no more than twelve slides.
- Use evidence from the research to show findings.
- Include citations for any material quoted or visuals included. Use a consistent format (APA, MLA, etc).
- Answer the following:
- Record while giving the presentation. We expect this to be a screen-capture while talking over the slides. We are expecting a two minute presentation.
Grading for this project focuses on process and the presentation of process. Please email Andrew with any questions about the rubric.
Presentation design (3 points): 'Does this look professionally done?'
The presentation provides an exceptional design — legible, clear hierarchy, excellent use of space/composition, images, and a consistent visual language.
The presentation provides an effective visual design — legible, clear hierarchy, good use of space/composition, and a consistent visual language.
The presentation provides a somewhat problematic visual design — somewhat illegible, unclear hierarchy, somewhat ineffective use of space/composition, and/or an inconsistent visual language.
The presentation provides an ineffective visual design — illegible, unclear hierarchy, ineffective use of space/composition, and inconsistent visual language.
Effective presentation (3 points): 'Does it show and tell about the research effectively?'
The presentation uses supporting artifacts effectively — i.e. images, quotes, process material, etc. — to present an easy-to-understand narrative from start to end of the research without extra, un-related materials.
The presentation uses supporting artifacts — i.e. images, quotes, process material, etc. — to present an easy-to-understand narrative from start to end of the research with some extra, un-related materials.
The presentation uses some supporting artifacts — i.e. images, quotes, process material, etc. — to present an understandable narrative from start to end of the research with some extra, un-related materials.
The presentation uses few supporting artifacts — i.e. images, quotes, process material, etc. — to present a confusing narrative of the research with materials that are not clearly related.
Research (2 points):
The research completed shows a strong exploration of the questions posed, and uses twelve or more cited sources.
The research completed shows a good exploration of the questions posed, and uses eight to twelve cited sources.
The research completed shows an okay exploration of the questions posed, and uses up to eight cited sources.
What research was completed is unclear due to how it is presented and/or an unclear number of sources.
Polish (1 point):
Citations (1 point):
Citations to the original sources are provided in a consistent format (i.e. APA, MLA, etc).
Citations to the original sources are provided in an inconsistent format.
The presentation is missing citations.
Final submission requirements (Jun 21)
The final submission for P3 is:
- A PDF of your presentation slides.
- A recording of you giving your presentation (max two minutes).
Your project submission is due to Canvas before your Jun 21 lab.
Please make sure double-check all your submitted files and URLs to ensure they can be opened. We want to avoid late or problematic submission penalties whenever possible.