Due week 2
As a conversation starter for next week, introduce us to your classmate with a 6 second video using Vine. This short, low-fi, video is meant to get you over the hump of shooting and to start thinking about ways to represent the ideas of your classmate.
Make a post, upload your video “Add Media”, and embed it into the post using the coding below. Categorize your post as Assignment 1
<video width=”480″ height=”480″ controls loop >
<source src=”http://rd13.johncaserta.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/IMG_5021.mp4″ type=”video/mp4″>
Learn more about Vine at … download the app there as well.
Example above thanks to Sarah Verity
Due March 11
Ethnography: a method or approach in th design process to understand people and problems associated with work.
Create a documentary video about each team member’s views and experience of graphic design — reflecting core values of his/her past work, career goals and motivations.
You will work in teams of two, each team member producing a QuickTime movie about the other person.
Some relationships to consider as a starting point:
You may use any or all of the following: still images, video from any type of camera including HD, Flip Video, or iPhone; type, drawing, voice over, and sound. Expand on the insights you gained from Making Meaning such as framing, point of view, and narrative—both linear and non-linear.
Work in class in teams. Get to know your classmate through a series of informal conversations, at his/her desk or home studio. Use class time to develop a line of questions or notes that will work on camera. Take sketch photos or clips with your iPhone. Create the assignment for next week.
Bring in actual footage to present to your classmate. Talk about what you have, and what you still need to acquire.
Producing a working version. Some holes may still exist, but we should get your story.
Present final movie in class section
Relational Design (3248-03), Spring 2013
Rhode Island School of Design
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Design Center, Rm 801
Mondays, 1:10pm – 6:10pm
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Instructor: John Caserta, email@example.com
Office Hours: Mondays 9:30am – 12:30pm
The Design Office, 204 Westminster St. 3rd flr
Design is no longer limited to a one-directional process where a visual expert creates a fixed form for a pre-determined audience. The role of designer itself varies from expert to facilitator to user within a single project. The field of Relational Design focuses on effect: the non-subjective area of design that effects experience. It can also be described as contextual and/or conditional — more concerned with the placement and lifespan than with its form.
Contrast this to the previous era of design, which was concerned with creating a universal language of form that could transcend social class (Modernist emphasis on simplification, reduction, and essentialism). In the more recent past, importance was placed on design’s symbolic value and its content (meaning-making). We are now looking at design’s performative dimension (relationships and context) and its effects on users, its pragmatic and programmatic constraints, its rhetorical impact, and its ability to facilitate social interactions.
This course will pair contemporary design methods with the communicative opportunities of our increasingly connected society. Projects will purposely alter the conventions that have defined form, function, meaning, and audience. Responding to the paradigm of collaboration and integrative thinking, we will incorporate group dynamics, consider alternative end forms, explore new ways to solve problems, and stimulate innovation.
This course relies less on lectures and more on active teammwork, experimentation and doing. Self-organizing and team-lead discussion are an important part of how classtime will be structured. Expect much less guidance here than in previous GD courses. This is by design.
Grades from A to F will be assigned at both the middle and end of the semesters. Only the end of semester grade is on record. The following criteria are used for assessment:
There will be four core assignments representing different relational considerations. For the most part, there is no pre-determined deliverable. Each assignment will begin with an overview lecture providing context and precedents. Some assignments overlap.