Summer 2021 - IAT 235 D200
Information Design (3)
Class Number: 3923
Delivery Method: Remote
Introduces theory and practice of designing visual representations of information. Students will learn to visually translate textual, numerical and evidentiary information so that it can be communicated to diverse user communities and contexts. An emphasis will be on understanding how the meaning of images can change over time and across contexts and cultures. Beginning with photographic images, interactive charts, graphs, and maps, projects progress to more complex information in media forms ranging from advanced aspects of the web to interactive 3D visualizations. The relationship between visual display is explored in relation to its technology of creation, including code and information architecture.
This is a course that will lay out the foundational elements required for a professional practice in User Experience Design, or UX_Design. This primary goal of this course will be to provide students with the essential foundations required for professional practice in UX Design, speciifcally in four areas – visual design, content design and interaction design; and the design process. At term's end a minimal viable product (MVP), will be produced that synthesysizes these four elements. Students who gravitate more to UX Development will be provided the opportunity to develop and MVP more specific to this area of professional practice.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Explore the role and influence that graphic design, information architecture and user experience play on our perception and interpretation of information.
- Explain key methods used in the context of information design to visually represent different forms of information.
- Generate design criteria from specific scenarios and assess the utility of the criteria in the development of a user-centred design.
- Use methods - e.g. sketching, wireframing, sitemaps and flowcharts - to design applications that will translate basic qualitative and quantitative information into more human-readable representations.
- Demonstrate key principles of graphic design, information architecture and user experience design in the creation of websites (using HTML/CSS).
- Quizzes 20%
- Group Projects 60%
- Individual Projects 20%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Having regular access to your own computer would be recommended. The specific software used in this course is all available free of charge.
All readings will be made available via Canvas.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2021
Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).