A course explore design solutions to everyday problems. Students will work individually and in groups, following principles of AGILE and SCRUM, in the areas of industrial design, architecture, user experiences, front end web development, and data visualization. Students will first learn about each area in successive units and then spend the rest of the semester working on independently created projects.   All projects will follow the design process: Define the Problem, Do Background Research, Specify Requirements, Brainstorm Solutions, Choose the Best Solution, Do Development Work,Build a Prototype, Test and Redesign


Unit  – intro

Architecture Units

Unit  – Technical/Perspective Drawing and Architecture

Unit  – Architecture History

Unit  – Architecture Refugee

Unit  – Front End Web Development



Unit  -Industrial Design – furniture



Unit  – Infographics and Data Visualization

  • What is Data Visualization?
  • Intro to Illustrator
  • Characters made with Illustrator:  panda, penguin, reindeer, octopus, owl, monster, bunny,mechanic
  • slideshow
  • Cool Infographics and examples of infographics on Pinterest
  • Exercise: evaluate the following Ebola Infographics. Which is the bet and why? what are the best and worst features of each? HERE
  • infographics about infographics
  • The LATCH principle: video and explanation
  • Layout advice and Dos and Donts
  • color resources: adobe, 0to255, colourlovers, encycolorpedia, webcolordata, design seeds from photos
    • Choose a topic of study from something you have learned this year in one of your classes That is your main idea / thesis.
    • Research your topic and try to seek out differences, statistics, and data. Infographics aim to allow the reader to draw conclusions
    • Compile all data. Data should support main idea / thesis.
    • Draw a wireframe (rough sketch) of the infographic
    • Use piktochart to create
    • Include at least 2 images that you made in illustrator
    • Include at least 3 charts showing statistics
    • Each area/point should have a graphic with it. Graphics enhance and support the data.
    • Flow of data should make sense (inverted pyramid or chronological or other method)
    • The layout and design have a purpose; organize the graphics and text to communicate ideas effectively
    • All the elements are lined up and the infographic shows deliberate choices in design, layout, and neatness.
    • Make sure to cite all sources! They must be in small type at the bottom of the infographic.
    • Correct grammar
  • Rubric



Unit  -Industrial Design – lamp or transportation 

 EXAM INFO: make a model and a poster ( including the following ) and present at exam

  1. Written paragraphs/bullet points/images where you:
    1. Define the Problem you are solving
    2. Do Background Research  (materials, design techniques, other stuff)
    3. Specify Requirements (size or other factors)
    4. Brainstorm Solutions (your thumbnail sketches)
    5. Choose the Best Solution (your final sketches:drawn and in sketchup (at least 2 views of each))
    6. Do Development Work (talk to others/critique/write down comments and your reflection and response)
    7. Build a Prototype (make a 3-d model)
    8. Test and Redesign (write about any changes you made during this process)
  2. Give verbal presentation about your industrial design project
  3. rubric will be HERE and Checklist for poster HERE

Unit  – UX

  • What is User Experience Design?
  • Anthropology bootcamp
  • wireframing
  • Dining Hall recycling problem



Unit  – whole class project – School Nurse Suite

Choice of Independent Project

  • info coming soon

Possible Independent Projects

Unit  – re-design

Unit  – solve problem

Unit  – adaptive

Unit  – Public Buildings and Landscapes



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