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Weekly Readings and Participation (20%)

You will be asked to provide questions related to the assigned readings every week. We will be using these questions to guide class conversations, so please remember to include a page number or other form of reference for websites, etc. for each question. Participation in class discussion is of the utmost importance and students will be expected to engage with the readings and their fellow classmates’ comments.

Exhibition Prototype Project (80%)

Over the course of the semester, you will be developing a number of

Part 1 – Proposal (5%)

Description and plan of your exhibition. (600 words)

  • DUE FEBRUARY 26th

Part 2 – Object Study (5%)

Each student will pick a relevant object from the Cooper Hewitt Collection and write an object study about that object including research from at least three sources. (600 words)

  • DUE MARCH 11th

Part 3 – Checklist (5%)

Each student will create a checklist of 15 objects relevant to their proposed exhibit. At least 8 should be chosen from the Cooper Hewitt and Interface Experience collections. Each object will have a 50+ word justification inclusion and include the following metadata: title, date of creation, manufacturer.

  • DUE MARCH 11th

Part 4 – Topic Essay (8%)

Each student will be responsible for writing an essay on a topic relevant to their choice for an exhibition. The topic essay will include the object chosen for the object study and at least three other objects from the checklist. (1500+ words) (10%)

  • DUE APRIL 1

Part 5 – 3D Exhibition Model (20%)

Each student will be responsible for developing a 3D model of their exhibition using the tool Sketchup.

  • FIRST DRAFT DUE APRIL 15
  • DUE MAY 17th

Part 6 – Interactive Experience (20%)

Each student will be responsible for creating an interactive experience for their proposed exhibition. This interactive experience can be an in-gallery experience, web app, or other digital interactive. Where possible we will be using the tool Adobe XD to develop interactive prototypes.

  • FIRST DRAFT DUE APRIL 15
  • DUE MAY 17th

Part 7 – Presentation (5%)

Each of you will be making presentations at the end of the semester

  • DUE MAY 13

Part 8 – Concluding/Reflective statement (12%)

As a companion to your exhibition work you will be responsible for a statement that accomplishes two goals: a) describe how your project fits in relation to other parts of computer and exhibition design history and how those precedents were influential in the development of your work, b) a reflection on the process of working on your prototype project including descriptions of how exposure to new media forms affected your workflow, how you approached the project, unexpected discoveries, etc. (3000+ words)

  • DUE MAY 17th

ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF DAY MAY 17