Week 3, Jan 22

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Tuesday, January 22

Due Today

  • Reading: Katz, Designing Information, Introduction and Chapter 1 (pages 12-29).
  • Reading Responses: Find an example of ineffective information design on the Web (a site, a posted photo) or in the world (take your own photograph), then discuss it using the principles mentioned on pages 18 and 19 ("When it doesn't work"). Is the problem with the data? The designer? The audience? 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, shaky, 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 shaky link to see them all in one place).

Group Activities

  • Discuss The Design of Everyday Things, Chapter 2.

For Thursday, January 24

  • Reading: Norman, Chapter 3 (no written response required)

Thursday, January 24

Due Today

  • Reading: Norman, Chapter 3 (no written response required)

Group Activities

  • Learning Module 1: Presenting Data
  • Discuss Project 1: Qualitative Issues

For Tuesday, January 29

  • 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.)

Extensions

Check out David Macaulay's TED talk on "Rome Antics": http://www.ted.com/talks/david_macaulay_s_rome_antics.html