Week 8, Feb. 26

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Tuesday, February 26

Due Today

  • Reading: Katz, Designing Information, Chapter 3 "Quantitative Issues" (76-96).
  • Reading Responses: Find an example of an information graphic that provides too much information, seriously damaging its overall rhetorical effectiveness. The example should be one that you can find in printed form only (not on the Web) so look in newspapers, magazines, or on signs that you might see posted around campus. Make a (digital) copy or take a picture of the example to attach with your reading response. The example should suffer from one of the problems with qualitative issues discussed in this section of Chapter 3. Try to use the terms from the reading as you discuss how the example works. Use the tags: reading response, qualitative issues, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)

On Your Own

  • At the start of class, spend fifteen minutes responding to the reading responses to the "Qualitative Issues" chapter.

As a Group

For Thursday, February 28

  • From the Group Project description (Step 2): Complete research your client context by learning as much as you can about the client from documents (including websites and physical locations). Divide the research so that each person can report back to the team. Create a shared Dropbox called Info_Design TeamName and share it with all members and Dr. B. After the team has discussed this research, post a project log summarizing what data was collected and pointing to any online sources. Tag: project log and teamnameDue Feb. 28.

Thursday, February 28

Due Today

  • Complete research your client context by learning as much as you can about the client from documents (including websites and physical locations). Divide the research so that each person can report back to the team. Create a shared Dropbox called Info_Design TeamName and share it with all members and Dr. B. After the team has discussed this research, post a project log summarizing what data was collected and pointing to any online sources. Tag: project log and teamname.

Assigned

As a Group

For Tuesday, March 5

  • Reading: Tufte, Envisioning Information (Chapter 1)
  • Reading Responses: Identify (and include in your post) what you think is the most important principle discussed in Chapter 1. Explain why you think it's important and how it helps you understand information design. Cite examples. Use the tags: reading response, envisioning information, and any others that you wish. (Use all lower case for tags for consistency.)
  • Complete Step 1 of Project 2 (Topic Description/Data Source). Post it to your blog with the tag: project2 and data source.