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The i2dvc Course Page is the official repository for weekly lecture notes, special announcements and assignment information. In the unfortunate event that you miss a class meeting, visit this page to immediately get caught up on what happened and what you missed. Now, missing class is no longer an excuse for missing an assignment.
WEEK 11: APRIL 17, 2019 – AS WE SAW FROM THIS WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT AND THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN TONIGHT’S LECTURE, CONTINUOUS ADVANCEMENTS IN MACHINE LEARNING AND A.I. WILL EVENTUALLY RESULT IN THE ABILITY OF MACHINES TO DESIGN AND CREATE CONTENT. BE AWARE AND PREPARE FOR A CAREER THAT REQUIRES YOU TO THINK AND CREATE IN WAYS THAT MACHINES CANNOT. REMEMBER, IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THE HOW, IT’S THE WHY.
HERE ARE THE WEEK 11 LECTURE NOTES: i2DVC_SP19_WK11_LECTURE11_NOTES
HERE ARE THE WEEK 11 ASSIGNMENTS: i2DVC_SP19_WK11_ASSIGNMENTS
THE VIGNELLI CANON PART3: Vignelli_Canon_READING_3
Schedule for the remainder of the semester
Week #12 – Regular Class Meeting on April 24, 2019
Week #13 – Regular Class Meeting on May 01, 2019
Week #14 – No Class Meeting on May 01, 2019 – Monday schedule will be substituted on this day per Kean University.
Week #15 – Regular Class Meeting on May 15, 2019 – Final Exam
Check back after class for postings of the lecture notes and the assignments.
WEEK 10: APRIL 10, 2019 – In addition to the “Nowhaus” creative writing assignment there is also a reading assignment: “Emotional Design” Pages 161-183. Be sure to download the assignments PDF
THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENTS: i2DVC_SP19_WK10_ASSIGNMENTS
THIS WEEK’S NOTES: i2DVC_SP19_WK10_LECTURE10_NOTES
WEEK 9: April 03, 2019 – As we come down to the final weeks of the course it is incumbent on each student to devote sufficient time and resources to the assigned projects and readings to achieve optimum results and earn the best final grade.
Week 9 Assignment: The Design of Everyday Things – Read Chapter 6: Design Thinking
Here are this week’s lecture notes: i2DVC_SP19_WK9_LECTURE9_NOTES
WEEK 8: March 27, 2019 – Final three Design Icon presentations will be made at the beginning of the Week 9 class meeting.
WEEK 7: Back from Break – March 20th – Student presentations will be made next week. 5:15 pm sharp start. Be ready. Be prepared. Per assignment guidelines, presentations are not to exceed 12 minutes in length.
Order of presentations- 1. Team Starck, 2. Team Krone, 3. Team Rand, 4. Team Van der Rhoe, 5. Team Chanel, 6. Team Prada, 7. Team Knoll, 8. Team Day, 9. Team Draper, 10. Team Dyson, 11. Team Loewy.
This week’s lecture notes: i2DVC_SP19_WK7_LECTURE7_NOTES
This week’s reading: Vignelli_Canon_READING_2
EXAMINATION GRADING SCALE: 0 wrong = A+, 1 wrong = A, 2 wrong = A-, 3 wrong = B+, 4 wrong = B, 5 wrong = B-, 6 wrong = C+, 7 wrong = C, 8 wrong = D, 9 of more wrong = F.
TAKE-OVER EXAM: WILL BE ADMINISTERED ON APRIL 3rd. 20 questions. Based on Reflective Design and Vignelli Canon Reading 2.
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SPRING BREAK: For those who are interested, here are the answers to the MID-TERM EXAMINATION: i2dvc_SP19_MID_EXAM_ANSWERS_032019
WEEK 6: FEBRUARY 27TH – A Paradigm Shift is taking place.
With the completion of the Week 5 class meeting, we have embarked on the second phase of I2DVC. The participation emphasis is being shifted to include student self-education and peer enrichment. This is represented in the Mid-Semester Team Project, which will be a test, in and of itself, of how committed you are to your career pursuit and how it is expressed bu you through your individual effort and that of your team in executing the assignment and successfully presenting the story of your Design Icon on March 27th.
MID-TERM EXAMINATION: The study guide for the Week 7 Mid-Term Exam is included in the assignments download.
WEEK 5: FEBRUARY 20TH – CLASS CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT
Please be sure to attend next week’s class meeting. The Mid-Semester Team Project will be assigned and explained. In addition, there will be an overview of the questions and topics contained in the Mid-Term Exam, which will be administered on March 6th. You don’t want to miss this.
WEEK4: FEBRUARY 13TH – A class about everyday things and a discussion with many great opinions. A clear sign of analysis, attitude and evaluation. Of paramount importance is separating your personal and professional selves when making judgements. Including both can be part of the process but each should provide you with a clear perspective.
Week 4 Assignment is Emotional Design, Chapter 3.
Here are the Week 4 Notes: i2DVC_SP19_LECTURE4_NOTES
WEEK 3: FEBRUARY 6TH – Everybody cheer! No writing and a short reading assignment!
Wait, don’t kid yourself. Massimo Vignelli’s writing is like his designs and his design philosophy: bold and direct in its purpose.
Read. Understand. We will discuss.
This week’s reading of The Vignelli Canon: Vignelli_Canon_READING_1
For those interested, here are the Week 3 Lecture Notes: i2DVC_SP19_WK3_LECTURE3_NOTES
WEEK2: JANUARY 30th: – UGH! I know. You hate to read. And yes, Andy Warhol prided himself on never reading. But you’re not him.
You say to yourself, “I’m a designer. I create with images. Words slow me down.”
READ! You need to know this stuff. Learn it. Understand it. Own it.
Trust me. It will make you a “serious” designer.
Maybe not today. But next week. And next month. And throughout your career. Buried in your subconscious, it will be there for you. When you need it. It will be there. You’ll use it even when you don’t know you’re using it. So read. Not for me. For you.
And, so we can have a serious conversation in class every week.
Here is this week’s writing assignment: i2DVC_SP19_WK2_writing_assignments
Here are all the assignments for Week2: i2DVC_SP19_WK2_all_assignments,
Here are the Week 2 notes: i2DVC_SP19_WK2_LECTURE2_NOTES
WEEK1: JANUARY 23rd – I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and insightful evening. I also hope that you take the opportunity presented by the Week 1 Assignment to begin developing an understanding of your Personal Design Philosophy. I’m looking forward to reading your evaluations.
Here are the abbreviated Week 1 Lecture notes: i2DVC_SP19_WK1_LECTURE1_NOTES
WEEK 2: JANUARY 30th – Tonight’s lecture will feature the Prologue to “Emotional Design” by Don Norman. I invite and encourage you to read it.