Welcome to IAT-334! (May 12 - May 18)
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Welcome to IAT-334
Thank-you for joining the Summer 2021 version of Interface Design! As this course will happen entirely remotely this term, there will be weekly announcements to clarify and remind you of what is coming up. Specifically:
- Any changes to the plan for lectures or labs (i.e. schedule, activities, etc).
- What is coming up for projects, readings, or exercises.
- Provide answers to questions that have come up a lot.
While we will aim to keep these announcements as succinct as possible this week's announcement is a bit long as we are covering some of the introduction that would usually happen in the first lecture. Thanks for your patience!
The teaching team
We — Andrew Hawryshkewich (your lecturer) and Ladan Fathi (your TA) — will be teaching the course this term. We are available at ac.ufs@h_werdna and ac.ufs@ihtaf_nadal.
To make sure you understand what you can expect of Interface Design, I recommend reading through:
- The course syllabus gives an overview of course expectations.
- How IAT-334 will work remotely provides details of what has been modified for online learning.
- Our schedule for Summer 2021 shows what will be happening from week-to-week.
Communicating with the class
Please make sure any communications in the class follow our Email and conduct rules outlined in the syllabus.
We will have four options for communicating about the course:
Please allow up to 2 business days for responses. We do not provide design critique via email. 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-334).
- Your lab number.
- A clear question.
We are offering an SFU-hosted chat service to allow for all students to participate. To join please:
- Sign up for the service using your SFU email address and a new, unique password.
- Once signed up you can sign-in at https://ah1.ca/chat334.
We will announce regular weekly office hours before May 25. I am hoping to set up office hours to best accommodate those in different timezones. Please participate in the timezone survey before May 16 if you feel comfortable doing so.
Lecture and labs
There will be open time during most of our lecture and labs (on Zoom) to accommodate questions or support.
This week's reading
Please try to complete readings before the lecture, however, there will be time set aside in each lecture to complete the reading should you need.
This week's reading is: (2007). "The Anatomy of Sketching (Chapter 9)." Sketching User Experiences. Elsevier Science & Technology.
A PDF of the reading is available on Canvas. The reading should take about 20 minutes to finish (4000 words).
We will talk more about the reading reflections in this week's lecture.
This week's lecture
This week's pre-recorded lecture portion is available at https://andrewh.ca/teaches/interface_design/lectures/01/video. Please watch it before our lecture time. During our lecture time this week we will:
- 10:30-11:30 — we will use this time for:
- Welcome to the class and communications reminders.
- An introduction to the first sketching exercise.
- A recap of the first week of P1.
- An introduction to the reading reflections.
- Answer any questions about the above.
- 11:20-11:30 — mandatory zoom break.
- 11:30-12:20 — will be open time to:
- do the weekly reading and start working on the reading reflection,
- take a break,
- or pose questions to Andrew.
This week's labs
If you are in D103 — the Thursday lab — there will be no lab on May 13. Your 'first' lab will be on May 20.
Please drop by the start of this week's lab times to say hello to Ladan! Otherwise the lab time will be open time to work on your reading reflections or project.
Questions or concerns?
Of course should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email Andrew or email Ladan and we will respond as quickly as possible.