Week 4, Jan 29

Tuesday, January 29

Due Today

  • Reading: Katz, Designing Information, Chapter 1 (29–39).
  • Reading Responses: Find an example of effective information design on the Web (a site, a posted photo) or in the world (take your own photograph). The example should illustrate one of the approached mentioned in this section: dispersed vs. layered, anatomy and function, metaphor and simile, emotional power. What makes the example effective design? Try to use the terms from the reading as you discuss your example. Be sure to add a link to the image or site if you don't use your own photograph. If you do use your own photograph or other example, attach it to your post or link to it in some way so that other can view it. Use the tags: reading response, effective design, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)

On Your Own

  • Take the first 15 minutes of class to read through and comment on the reading responses of your peer (click on the effective design link to see them all in one place).

Group Activities

  • Finish Learning Module 1. The new Photoshop image (two tomatoes, with channel added) is in the Learning Modules folder with the extension .psd. Start your channel manipulation with that image. Be sure to follow the steps in the You Suck at Photoshop video.

For Thursday, January 31

Please Note: Class will not meet on Thursday, January 31, because Dr. Blakesley has meetings with the Board of Trustees in Columbia. We will re-gather on Tuesday, February 5th.

Thursday, January 31

Please Note: Class will not meet today because Dr. Blakesley has meetings with the Board of Trustees in Columbia. We will re-gather on Tuesday, February 5th.

For Tuesday, February 5

  • Reading: Katz, Designing Information, Chapter 2, "Qualitative Issues" (40-75).
  • Reading Responses: Find an example of information design on the Web (a site, a posted photo) or in the world (take your own photograph) that raises qualitative issues discussed in Chapter 2. The example should illustrate one of the features of quality mentioned in this section: shapes, color, labeling, connections, point of view, interpretation, etc. How does the example use qualitative design effectively? Ineffectively Try to use the terms from the reading as you discuss your example. Be sure to add a link to the image or site if you don't use your own photograph. If you do use your own photograph or other example, attach it to your post or link to it in some way so that other can view it. Use the tags: reading response, qualitative issues, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)