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(as of 8/19/06) ATEC 7390.003 Special Topics in Arts and Technology

Principles of Design and Visualization
Chip Wood, Assistant Dir. & Graduate Advisor chip.wood@utdallas.edu ATEC 1.708/972-883-2785 Fall Semester 2006/Saturdays 9:30am – 12:15pm ATEC Conference Room

Course Description This class is an overview of design principles and practices common to most design professions, to give students a foundation understanding of design rules, laws, and guidelines that they can use throughout their education and career pursuits. Students will learn the language of design, how to think like a designer, how to judge between good and bad design execution, and where to go for additional resources of specialized design practice. The course work will consist of: • Weekly textbook reading assignments from – Universal Principles of Design, by Lidwell/Holden/Butler) • Weekly lectures and class discussion • Weekly research to identify examples of design principles in practice • Keeping and maintaining a sketch/reference notebook • A semester-long ‘Personal Career Networking’ project (see figure 1.0 below) Course Requirements • Attendance to all classes • All assignments need to be completed on time • All students need to participate individually and as a contributing member of the class, especially in sharing discoveries with one another Grading Procedure Because this course’s emphasis will be on providing the student with an awareness and understanding of Design methods and practices through experience, it is very important that students participate individually and collectively to insure that everyone has a successful leaning experience. Therefore, students will be evaluated on attendance, participation in class, assignments, and the quality and quantity of work completed from week to week. Assignments will be discussed throughout the course, with specific requirements spelled out. See grading breakdowns at the end of this document. Classroom Conduct • Students are to focus their attention on the subjects at hand in the classroom, i.e., lectures, presentations, discussions, and set aside all other activities. • All open communication (talking) should be relevant to the subject at hand and have value to the class as a whole. • Competitiveness between students will be friendly and encouraging at all times. • All other rules of behavior will be discussed and agreed to by the class on the first day.

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Drop Procedures (see http://utdallas.edu/student/registrar/calendar/) If you are unable to complete this course, you should withdraw from it. Withdrawing from a course is a formal procedure, with a specific published deadline, which you must initiate. The instructor cannot do it for you. You must do this through the Registrar’s Office.

Course Schedule & Outline

Figure 1.0

8/19 Class 1

Introductions, syllabus, overview, goals, expectations, textbooks, supplies, etc. Design Principles Lecture/Discussion – Form Follows Function Assignment #1: Find examples of design principle introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). Project Assignment – Phase 1: Identify an ATEC professional goal or interest arena (finish by next week).

8/26 Class 2

Design Principles Discussion – Less is More Assignment #2: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). Project Assignment – Phase 2: Research & identify target contacts (finish in 3 weeks).

9/02 noClass 9/09 Class 3

Labor Day Weekend Design Principles Discussion – Design Process Assignment #3: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). Design Principles Discussion – Aesthetic Bias / part 1 Assignment #4: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class).

9/16 Class 4

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9/23 Class 5

Class Sharing: Report on progress with networking. Project Assignment – Phase 3: Establish conversations with targeted contacts. Design Principles Discussion – Aesthetic Bias / part 2 Assignment #5: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class).

9/30 Class 6

Design Principles Discussion – Dimensional Perception Preferences Assignment #6: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples to instructor before next week and be ready to explain to class.

10/07 Class 7 Class Sharing: Report on progress with network conversations. Design Principles Discussion – Aesthetic Toolbox / part 1 Assignment #7: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class).

10/14 Class 8 Class Sharing: Report on progress with network conversations. Project Assignment – Phase 4: Extend network beyond first line of contacts. Design Principles Discussion – Aesthetic Toolbox / part 2 Assignment #8: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). 10/21 Class 9 Design Principles Discussion – Psychology and Aesthetics Assignment #9: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). 10/28 Class 10 Class Sharing: Update on progress extending network contacts. Design Principles Discussion – Usability Factors / part 1 Assignment #10: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). 11/04 Class 11 Class Sharing: Update on progress extending network contacts. Project Assignment – Phase 5: Develop a visual tool to capture and monitor network contacts for presentation in final’s class (see class 14 below). Design Principles Discussion – Usability Factors / part 2 Assignment #11: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class).

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11/11 Class 12 Class Sharing: Report on network surprises. Design Principles Discussion – Information Architecture / part 1 Assignment #12: Find examples of design principles introduced in class and send digital samples embedded in PowerPoint slide template to instructor before next week (be ready to explain to class). 11/18 Class 13 Class Sharing: Report on network surprises. Design Principles Discussion – Information Architecture / part 2 Hand in Visualization Book for examination by instructor 11/25 noClass Thanksgiving Holiday 12/02 Class 14 Final Exam: Personal Career Networking Report • A digital copy of Presentation to instructor • Presentation to class Grading Scale A B C D F 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 00-60 Excellent Above Average Average Poor Failing

Grading Weights 60 Points 10 Points 30 Points 05 Points

Assignments (12 at 5.0 points each) Thinking Notebook (evidence of use throughout semester) Final Report & Presentation Extra Credit for selection of book & one page description of why it would be valuable for the rest of the class to read

Attendance & Tardy Policy – Attendance is mandatory. Lack of attendance will affect your grade because absences will not only leave holes in understanding of the lesson contents but also degrade the benefit to other students in regard to discussions and work sessions. Coming to class late or leaving early will also be counted as absences without prior approval from the instructor. Excessive absences can result in grade penalty or even failure of the course; three unexcused absences will result in an adjustment in the final grade down by one level (ex. ‘A’ down to a ‘B’).

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