Week-by-Week Breakdown

January 29 –Introduction

February 5 – Thinking About Computers as Objects of Experience / Guest Speaker – Andrea Lipps, Cooper Hewitt

February 12 – What is Interface? – Media and Theory

February 19 – What is Interface? – Design and Culture

February 26 – History of Personal Computing Pt. 1 / Project Proposal Due

March 4 – History of Personal Computing Pt. 2 / Sketchup Workshop

March 11 – Thinking About Computers as Cultural Heritage / Guest Speaker – Jessica Walthew, Cooper Hewitt / Object Study and Checklist Due

March 18 – NO CLASS Spring Recess

March 25 – NO CLASS Prof. Keramidas Away

April 1 – Crafting Interactivity in Exhibitions / Topic Essay Due

April 8 – Design Thinking and Prototyping

April 15 and 22 – Alternative Histories of Use(rs) – Intersectionality and Interface / Guest Speaker – Charlton McIlwain, NYU

April 29 and May 6 – Alternative Histories of Use(rs) – Usability and Accessibility

May 13 – Course Review


Course Policies

  • Attendance at and attentiveness in all class meetings is vital to this complex, process-oriented course. As your work through your projects you will both benefit from and be able to assist your classmates by taking part in conversations and discussions of work in progress. As such this contribution to class discussion is mandatory.
  • Excused absences are only allowed for special circumstances such as emergencies or illness. Please notify Prof. Keramidas in the event an excused absence is necessary. Unexcused absences and repeated lateness will affect your final grade
  • Plagiarism–the use of words, ideas, or arguments from another person or source without citation–is unacceptable in all circumstances and will be punished severely.