Assignments

READINGS

Respond to each reading assignment with a short essay (~500 words) in which you state the thesis of each article and then create a synthesis—from your perspective—of the two. What are the arguments made in each, and what new arguments come out of their combination? You should take a stand and be clear about what is at stake (always). Find and include at least one outside source material or creative project of your own finding to relate to this work. Be sure to link any images, videos, web pages, or other material to supplement your claims. Post your response to the class site (along with linked materials). Be prepared to discuss your response in a class discussion.


Reading Response 1

Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse by US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Executive Summary ONLY)
The 2008 Housing Crisis
by the Center for American Progress

due by 5pm on Sun, Aug 27. (tag with your name and _Reading Response 1)


Reading Response 2

Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? by Metahaven, Jokes & Design chapters

due by 5pm on Sun, Oct 1. (tag with your name and _Reading Response 2)


RESEARCH TEAMS


Secondary Research
Conduct secondary research by looking at existing sources, such as news articles, research reports, documentaries, etc. Be mindful of the source: who wrote it, under what platform, are the data and quotes well-cited?

Each Student is responsible for reporting on 3 sources related to your Research Team’s topic. Research Teams should collaborate to make sure each student is finding unique sources and that the selected sources work well together to produce a broad but cohesive view of the topic. For each source:
_List the citation information: What? Who? When? Where?
_Extract Data: What are the significant statistical figures, times & locations, or other numerical data?
_Write a single “thesis” statement for each of your 3 sources. Write a “synthesis” statement for all of your sources. Also, cite the relevant statistical or geographic data contained in your 4 articles.
_ Each Student posts his/her Secondary Research findings plus  links to all articles on class site. due: 8/30/2015 (tag with your name and _Secondary Research Individual)

Team Presentation
_Research Teams synthesize their collective findings via PDF document, including significant themes, data, narratives, perspectives, quotations, plus citations and bibliography of sources. Share with the class in a 10-15 min. presentation. due: 8/30/2015 (tag with all of your names and _Secondary Research: Team)


Primary Research
Working in small teams of 3-4 students, conduct Primary Research for two significant purposes:
_To expand knowledge on the topic of your research and develop multiple perspectives from various stakeholders. This can be done through interviews, discussions, and/or observations with experts and individuals who have first-hand experience with your topic.
_To define and understand an audience for your research, including the media which touches them. This can be done via surveys, interviews, or group discussions with your intended audience (urban public).

Primary Research Process for Interviews/Observations/Group Discussions
1) Start with an Agenda: What are we looking for? who do we talk to?  Identify/contact your research subjects to schedule meetings, calls, etc.

2) Develop your Research Tools: Discussion guide for interviews, questionnaires, materials to conduct a workshop, or other tools for gathering info (could also be observational)
3) Do the research, conduct the interview/workshop/observations, &c.
4) Distill your Research into key Insights to present to the class.
due: 9/25


Research Reports

Each Research Team will produce and present a Research Report, in which you will share/present:
_Insights synthesized from Primary Research (3-4 Insights)
_ Secondary Research Findings to support Insights
_ Relevant Data (cite sources)
_ Intended Audience(s)
_ Relevant Case Studies, Benchmarks, Creative Examples
_Bibliography of all sources, including primary research activities, interviews, etc.
_ A Project Statement (not what your project will be, but what it will do)

due: 9/25


Project Proposals

Each research team will submit 3 distinct concepts for telling the story of their theme(s). Each concept does not need to be a FULL exhibition, rather a series of distinct experiences that we can later assemble. But, do consider how it creates or activates physical space & physical experience.

Each concept should include:
_Title (helps to focus)
_Brief project description and its goal
_How you intend to use the site (or sites), including the space between(?), and an idea of the breadth of materials: environmental, printed, digital media, in the streets, e.g.: plans, elevations, sketches, etc.
_Topical Research / data, quotes, images, audio, other relevant materials from your research that you intend to use as information, and/or any new information or other materials you will need to collect.
_Audience Research / How insights from your research inform the concept and how, when, and where you can reach your intended audience(s).
_Visual Research / collected images or other visual material you might use as source materials.
_Visual Ideation / sketches of what the project might look like.
_At least one idea for conducting Evaluative Research (testing out the material on your intended audience, user-testing anything interactive, etc.)
_Consider programming ideas: What can the exhibition do, support, or host in the community?

These proposals will be made verbally (10 min) and visually to the class via PDF presentation. Use sketches, photos, models, diagrams, floor plans, elevations, samples of graphic or motion design—whatever is necessary to convey the idea from artifacts to systems

due: 10/11


INDIVIDUAL PROJECT / PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information Mapping


step 1: Self-Observation

Choose a theme and conduct Self-Observation of your related activities for a 24-hour period. Start by keeping track of your locations & movements throughout the day (including how you move from place to place) as a backdrop for the activities you are monitoring. Also, keep track of your subjective experiences during or related to the day and its activities: How did you feel? What was your emotional state? What were you thinking? Is it stressful, relaxing, enjoyable, awful? Is the weather a factor, and, if so, how does it change?

Examples of themes for tracking:
Media Consumption (kind, amount, intensity/attention)
Food (what, how much, who made it, was it good or gross?)
Personal Care / Health (medication, meditation, relaxation, grooming…)
Money (spent, thought of spending, worrying about…)
Politics (thinking about, reading, listening, discussing, worrying…)


step 2: Information
Visualize your self-observed data. Consider locations (i.e., home, school, work, and/or social routines) and the transitions between (i.e., walking, bus, driving), to map their spatial and temporal relationships. No text. Use composition and the qualities of visual elements (shapes, colors, forms) to indicate place, space, time, duration, and different kinds of movement, as well as the activities you are tracking (media consumption, food, etc.).

Temporal cues: Where do you start and when? How long is the journey? How long do you spend at each place? How do you get from one place to another?

Spatial cues: How far apart are the destinations? How big are they? What movements do you make within one space (i.e., school, home, work)?

Activity cues: What activities, how much, how intense, when & where?


step 3: Expression
Merge the information with expressive qualities of the different activities, places, events, and your subjective experiences. Blend the informational and the emotional/affective to create a compelling visual abstraction that conveys your impression of the day based on the activities you tracked. Your final composition should express the narrative: the rhythms, tensions, and dynamics of your activities as well as your emotional experience—from first read down to the details.

Format is 18″ x 18″ print (tiled sheets or bond print).


EXHIBITION PROPOSAL & DELIVERABLES

Your team will present your Exhibition Proposal in a final presentation (20 min.) on 11/29 and share the output during the End of Semester show on 12/6. You will turn in a single PDF as the final proposal and documentation of your process.

Your proposal PDF should be 11″ x 17″ landscape format. You may use key pages of this document to frame your presentation at the end of semester show in conjunction with a key full-scale prototype (could be an elevation detail at full scale). You may also use this (or an edited version) to make your final presentation. Your proposal should contain:

_Title Page: Exhibition Title, Team Members + Proposal for People’s Liberty Globe Grant, 2018 (1 pg)
_Table of Contents / pg numbers (1 pg)
_Title and Brief Description: Objective & Primary Audience, spaces it will occupy (1 pg)
_Research: Key insights that shaped your concept with citations (1 pg)
_Graphic Standards: Title Wall, Exterior/Window, Introductory Text, Promotional Object, typography, color, hierarchies, etc. (1 pg)
_Key Elevation: Elevation or detail as standards guide for type/image/object styles & heights (1 pg)
_Floor Plan: Program/Sections and Object/Activity Layout (1 pg)
_Elevations: full space (1 pg)
_Details: Key graphic components, interactive components, activities, etc. at a larger scale to see details (as needed)
_Documentation of Prototypes: Models, interactive mock-ups, etc. (as needed)
_Promotional Concepts: How will people find out about it, how will visitors become promoters (as needed)
_Programming Concepts: How can the exhibition space activate activities during the exhibition’s run? Who will do what? (as needed)
_Globe Grant questions answered (1 pg)

_Appendix: Process Documentation (as needed)

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