Wayfinding Syllabus 2010

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Wayfinding Syllabus 2010

  1. 1. Environmental Design + Wayfinding Course Environmental Design ARTG 4553 Time Tuesday + Friday 9:50–11:30 Place 305 Ryder Instructor Ryan Sullivan ryan@pasteinplace.com Office Hours By appointment Flickr Group Wayfinding ARTG 4553 Course Description This course introduces basic concepts, research methods and design strategies for wayfinding design. The course explores these themes in the context of a semester-long, team project. The project objective is to 1) employ a wide range of research strategies that identify wayfinding opportunities and constraints and 2) develop design recommendations for addressing the research insights. Course Content The course will include lectures, guest lectures, readings, a semester-long team project (involving research and design) and class critiques. Course Goals > to learn and implement formal and ethnographic research methodologies for assessing wayfinding > to learn how to identify goals, opportunities and insights based on research observations > to learn how to develop wayfinding design recommendations based on research insights > to learn the basic critical language and procedures used in wayfinding design > to explore methods for communicating and visualizing wayfinding design recommendations > to explore methods and strategies for working in a cross-disciplinary design team Rules + Conditions Expectations > students are expected to demonstrate systematic week-to-week progress; > assignments are due as scheduled—late work only with written medical excuse; > students are expected to participate in class critiques and discussions. Class Attendance > attendance to all classes is mandatory and will be recorded; > absences will only be excused for a valid, verifiable medical or family emergency, without exception. A written request to have an absence excused must be submitted in the next class after an absence. It should include date of absence, reason, date of submission, signature, to be considered. The decision to excuse rests with the instructor. > unexcused absences become part of the student’s record and affect the grade; > 2 unexcused absences = being dropped from the class and failing this course. punctuality > classes begin on time; > missing more than the first or last 15 minutes on three occasions = 1 unexcused absence. Note: if you are late or absent, you are responsible for finding out what you missed from fellow students. I will not reteach missed material. You must also make up missed work by the next scheduled class.
  2. 2. Environmental Design + Wayfinding Course Environmental Design ARTG 4553 Time Tuesday + Friday 9:50–11:30 Place 305 Ryder Instructor Ryan Sullivan ryan@pasteinplace.com Office Hours By appointment Flickr Group Wayfinding ARTG 4553 Grading Criteria In this course, you will learn by doing, not simply by observing: > you are expected to present substantial new work at each class; > works will be tracked weekly and a weak or incomplete response to an assignment, sketch or final will result in a failing grade for that week; > projects handed in over one week late will not be accepted for credit; > late work will affect grading. Students will be graded on originality of concept, quality of finished work, quality of design/research process, participation in class activities, improvement during the course, ability to work as a team, and helpfulness to other students in class. Grades are based on: 60% concept + design/research solution (how well it solves the problem and communicates info) 30% process + class participation 10% production + craft (quality of finished work) note: no incomplete will be given except in case of extraordinary circumstances note: for projects requiring team work, each student will be graded individually based on their performance Grading system according to University Policies (Office of the Provost, September 2002): grade gpa equivalent numerical equivalent status A 4.0 93 — 100 outstanding achievement B 3.0 83 — 86 good achievement C 2.0 73 — 76 satisfactory achievement D 1.0 63 — 66 poor achievement F 0.0 less than 60 unsatisfactory achievement (fail) note: plus or minus designations (+, -) will be used in grading All assignments will count equally towards the final grade. Office Hours + Office hours are by appointment. I will be on campus and available on Tuesdays and Assistance Fridays. Send an email to arrange an appointment: email: ryan@pasteinplace.com
  3. 3. Environmental Design + Wayfinding Course Environmental Design ARTG 4553 Time Tuesday + Friday 9:50–11:30 Place 305 Ryder Instructor Ryan Sullivan ryan@pasteinplace.com Office Hours By appointment Flickr Group Wayfinding ARTG 4553 Resources The books and urls listed here are a small portion of useful resources available. You are invited to share resources you find relevant to wayfinding and design research methods. The list will be updated during the course of this class. Books Wayfinding Berger, Craig. Wayfinding: Designing and Implementing Graphic Navigational Systems. Calori, Chris. Signage and Wayfinding Design: A Complete Guide to Creating Environmental Graphic Design Systems. Carr, Stephen. City Signs and Lights. Gibson, David. The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places. Masaaki, Hiromura. Space Graphysm. Meuser, Philipp and Daniela Pogade. Architecture.Information.Graphics: The Design of Communication. Mollerup, Per. Wayshowing. Passini, Romedi. Wayfinding in Architecture. Uebele, Andreas. Signage Systems & Information Graphics: A Professional Sourcebook. Urban Design: Wayfinding/Experience/Imageability Gehl, Jan. Life Between Buildings. Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Venturi, Robert and Denise Scott Brown. Learning from Las Vegas. Design Research IDEO. IDEO Method Cards: 51 Ways to Inspire Design. Websites Organizations www.sign09.net (2009 Signage and Wayfinding Conference) www.segd.org (Society of Environmental Graphic Design) www.adaptenv.org (Institute for Human Centered Design, Boston) www.tfl.gov.uk/microsites/legible-london (Legible London) Firms www.2x4.org www.ideo.com www.ziba.com www.brucemaudesign.com www.dcontinuum.com www.pentagram.com www.twotwelve.com www.joelkatzdesign.com
  4. 4. Environmental Design + Wayfinding Course Environmental Design ARTG 4553 Time Tuesday + Friday 9:50–11:30 Place 305 Ryder Instructor Ryan Sullivan ryan@pasteinplace.com Office Hours By appointment Flickr Group Wayfinding ARTG 4553 Research + Design Strategy January 12 15 Lecture: Intro to Course Lecture: Intro to Research Work Session: Logistics Work Session: Knowledge-Gathering 19 22 Work Session: Knowledge- Presentation: Knowledge- Gathering Gathering & Insights 26 29 Lecture: Guest G. Sullivan, IDEO Work Session: Field research Work Session: Field research February 2 5 Work Session: Field research Work Session: Field research 9 12 Work Session: Field research Work Session: Storytelling 16 19 Lecture: Guest? Work Session: Insights/Opps. Work Session: Insights/Opps. 23 26 Work Session: Insights/Opps. Midterm Review: Research, Wayfinding Design Insights and Design Opps. March 9 12 Lecture: Wayfinding intro Work session: wayfinding design Work Session: Design plan 16 19 Guest Lecture: Chris Pullman? Work session: wayfinding design Work session: wayfinding design 23 26 Work session: wayfinding design Internal review: wayfinding design April 30 2 Work session: wayfinding design Work session: wayfinding design 6 9 Work session: wayfinding design Final presentation production 13 16 Final presentation production Final presentation production 20 Final review

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