Feb 18

Homework 2/18/14

Project 1 Milestones

Now that you have completed your first presentation of a complete site redesign for Golden Gate Park, you will use in-class feedback to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your design and present an improved revised version.

  • Based on in-class discussion and peer feedback forms, type up a list of the following by next class (2/20):
    • What aspects of your site design seemed to create the most positive feedback?
    • What things about your site design created confusion or other negative feedback?
    • What was one example of feedback that surprised you?
    • What was something that impressed you about a fellow student’s presentation enough that you might use a similar idea for your own revisions?
  • The revised version of your web site will be presented as an interactive mockup using Narrativ. Please familiarize yourself with this platform by signing up for a free account and watching the instructional videos.

Other homework

Be prepared to take a short written quiz on Gestalt Theory (see reading assignment from last week).

Feb 13

Homework 2/13/14

Project 1: Golden Gate Park site

Final web comps due Tuesday, 2/18. Combine the following into a single PDF file for presentation:

  • Target audience slide
  • “Mood board” slide
  • Home page
  • Home page with nav menu rollover state
  • Sub-page 1
  • Sub-page 2

Process books also due Tuesday 2/18. Process books should be clearly labeled with your name and class and include 8.5×11 prints of all the following:

  • Design brief
  • Research
  • Target audience profile
  • Mood board
  • Competitive audit
  • Any sketches, photos, etc. you produced for this project
  • Visual comps
  • Final page designs

Reading Assignment: Gestalt Theory

Read this handout and be prepared to take a short quiz on Gestalt theory next week:

Gestalt Theory

Jan 30

Homework 1/30/13

Important Schedule Reminders:

Project 1 Milestones:

  • First round of digital site comps due Tuesday, February 11.
  • Present comps of home page and two sub-pages of your choosing.
  • Use one of the 960s template files (same templates used in class) as a basis for your grid. You can download the entire package of template files here.
  • Consider hierarchy, typography, mood, etc.
  • Save a copy as PDF to present on screen.
  • Worth: 200 points. (100 pts. for home page, 50 for each sub-page).

Field Trip Make Up Assignment

If you will not be attending the field trip for any reason then be prepared to present the following in class on Tuesday, February 11:

  • Research three new wearable technologies that are either available today or expected to reach market within 2 years. (Examples: Pebble smartwatch, iWatch (speculated), Jawbone headsets, smart contact lenses (really, this is a thing!)
  • For each of these, describe some of the new and interesting interface design challenges each one creates. For example, the Pebble Smartwatch has a small black&white e-ink screen and only three buttons: How does that impact the apps one could create for this device and how they might look?
  • Prepare a short presentation of your research as a PDF file to be viewed on-screen in class.
Jan 28

Homework 1/28/14

Read and be prepared to discuss:

Project 1 Milestones:

Jan 22

Homework 1/23/14

Project 1 Milestones due TUESDAY, 1/28:

  • Due TUESDAY, 1/28:
    • Design brief for Golden Gate Park website
    • Research related to Golden Gate Park
    • Target audience profile, including
      • A stock image of the person you are envisioning as your target audience
      • A detailed summary of this person’s background, interests, lifestyle, demographics, income, etc.
      • How would this person be likely to use the park (i.e. First time tourist looking for museum info? Regular visitor looking for street closure information?)
      • You will use this person as an inspiration for your “mood board” (more details next week)
  • Ongoing tasks for project 1:
    • Continue to collect all information and research in a process book to be turned in at the conclusion of this assignment
    • You will be responsible for creating original imagery for this project, so this is a good time to start planning park visits to take photos and do hands-on research.

Reading Assignment

Jan 20

Homework 1/21/14

Project 1 Milestones

  • Download & read assignment sheet—Project 1: Golden Gate Park Web Site
  • Research Golden Gate Park:
    • What are ways that people use Golden Gate Park?
    • What services does that park provide that might be useful to include in a web site?
    • Begin gathering data about who uses the park
    • Begin collecting examples of competing web sites
    • What’s the current state of the park on the web?
    • Be prepared to tell me three things I don’t already know about the park
  • Begin to organize research into a project/design brief due Tuesday, 1/28