D|MA 161B: Dynamic Web
Monday & Wednesday 2:00 Pm - 4:50 PM
Kinross South, S128

 

"The artist is always engaged in writing a detailed history of the future because he is the only person aware of the nature of the present."

~Wyndham Lewis

net map
  Online gallery
     
Description
 

Dynamic Web explores creative production through networked multimedia environments, focusing on the World-Wide-Web. It is intended as a follow up to the beginning Introduction to Creative use of the Internet class, and is required for the advanced class. This studio course combines creative exploration, active learning techniques and in-class dialog in response to particular concepts and issues. Students view and critique work of media artists and designers using digital technologies on the Internet. Equally important is the discussion of issues related to mediation/remediation, the phenomenology of interactivity, experience design, interface theory, usability, theories of representation and production, and virtual and mixed realities. Hands on instruction introduces students to the basic technologies enabling Web-based production of 2D online spaces. Students will do self-directed research and development on those technologies they find most useful for their project development. Emphasis is placed on creative content, experimentation and independent thinking. An example of how transdisciplinary creative practice is incorporated in this studio course are the “organic-electronic devices” resulting from the fusion of essential features from one or more biological life forms and a web-based or wireless electronic device that are designed by students in the course.

     
Instructor
 

Ruth West
E-mail: ruth.west6@verizon.net

   
     
     
 

"The medium, or process, of our time -- electric technology -- is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and reevaluate practically every thought, every action, and every institution formerly taken for granted. Everything is changing -- you, your family, your neighborhood, your education, your job, your government, and your relation to "the others." And they're changing dramatically."

~Marshall McLuhan

     
Method of Instruction
  This studio course combines creative exploration, active learning techniques and in-class dialog in response to particular concepts and issues.
     
Expectations
  Enrollment in this class means that you will commit to a high level of work time for your projects, as well as expect new and challenging things from yourself and others. This entails keeping an open and inquisitive mind, sharing your knowledge and discoveries with peers and maintaining a self-driven desire to learn. Students are expected to come to each class on time, prepared to work. Tardiness is not acceptable, and is considered rude and unprofessional. More than one unexcused absence will lower your grade, and more than three will jeopardize your passing the class.
     
Assignments/Grading
   
Online Sketchbook
  15%
Participation/Exercises
  10%
Midterm
  30%
Final
  30%
Readings
  10%
Attendance
  5%
     
Final Due Date
  Final project presentations are the last class meeting of week 10, Wednesday, March 12, 2003
     
Required Materials
  ZIP disks and CD-R disks to bring your work in to class and to turn in assignments.
     
Week 1
   
    Monday :: January 6, 2003

Topics

 
  • Introduction to the course
  • Viewing net artworks
  • Go over grading scheme, course outline, major assignments
Technical Workshop
 
  • None
Assignments
 
  • Assignment 1
     
    Wednesday :: January 8, 2003
Topics
 
  • Presentations: Creative Vision statements and portfolio pieces
Technical Workshop
 
  • Review: HTML/Web basics in Dreamweaver
  • In class work on sketchbook using Dreamweaver.
Assignments
 
  • Assignment 2
     
Week 2
 
    Monday :: January 13, 2003
Topics
 
  • Visual Culture/Cultural Imperialism/Internet: global village or multinational corporate marketplace?
Technical Workshop
 
  • Flash MX: file types, toolset, drawing, , basic animation, tweening types, timelines, testing
Assignments
 
  • Assignment 3
  • Flash MX: Help lessons (getting started, illustrating, text )
     
    Wednesday :: January 15, 2003
Topics
 
  • View: Assignment 3 -progress
Technical Workshop
 
  • Flash MX: Symbols & Instances, keyframes, multi-tweens, motion guides, bitmap video/vector
Assignments
 
  • Assignment 3
  • Flash MX : Help Lessons (symbols, layers, animation, buttons)
  • Flash MX: Tutorial: movie start to finish
     
Week 3
   
    Monday :: January 20, 2003
Topics
 
  • Holiday. No class today.
Technical Workshop
 

 

Assignments
 

 

     
    Wednesday :: January 22, 2003
Topics
 
  • Media/Mass Media: McLuhan /Hot & Cold Media
  • Viewing: Devorah Sperber
  • View: assignment 3 - progress
Technical Workshop
 
  • Flash MX: bitmaps, buttons, movie clips, ActionScript basics
Assignments
 
  • Flash MX help tutorials
  • Continue assignment 3
  • Interactive Experience: Definitions and Criteria
  • Reading: see "Interactive experience" assignment details
  • Midterm: Assignment 4
     
Week 4
   
    Monday :: January 27, 2003
Topics
 
  • Mediation/Remediation
  • View: Assignment 3 - Completed Projects.
  • Viewing: Joshua Davis, Whitney Net Art Portal, Net Art - Idea Line, Rhizome.org
Technical Workshop
 
  • Flash MX: ActionScript, continued.
Assignments
 
  • Flash MX tutorials/help topics : ActionScript.
  • Continue assignment 4.
     
    Wednesday :: January 29, 2003
Topics
 
  • Interactive Experience: Definition & Criteria for Interaction Design
  • View: Assignment 3 - completed projects
Technical Workshop
 
  •  Flash MX: ActionScript, text, sound, video, publish/export
Assignments
 
  • Artist statements: reading & analysis: elements, criteria & structure
     
Week 5
   
    Monday :: February 3, 2003
Topics
 
  • Interactive Experience: Definition & Criteria for Interaction Design - continued.
  • View: Midterm Proposals
Technical Workshop
 
  •  In class work on midterm projects.
Assignments
 
  •  Midterm proposal due today.
     
    Wednesday :: February 5, 2003
Topics
 
  • Artist Statements - Elements
  • View:Brain Ball/Interactive Institute, proce55ing.net, farfar.se, Manny Tan, Glen Rhodes, Jamie McDonald, Scott Snibbe, Jennifer Steinkamp
Technical Workshop
 
  • Continue work on midterm projects
Assignments
 
  • Artist Statement : reading and analysis - Due Monday February 10, 2003
  • Continue work on Midterm
     
Week 6
   
    Monday :: February 10, 2003
Topics
 
  • Guest Presentation: David E. Kelly Productions
  • Artist Statements -Deconstructing Elements/Analyzing Structure
  • Viewing: WebMutant v1.0; Seol Euna, Keeblers' Instant Messaging Bot, Instant Messaging wars, Virtual Humans, Design is Kinky, K10K, Surfstation, Shift, Threeoh
Technical Workshop
 
  •  N/A
Assignments
 
  • Continue work on Midterm projects and artist statements
  • Creative Cognition in Design - reading
     
    Wednesday :: February 12, 2003
Topics
 
  •  Midterm Project -In Class work
Technical Workshop
 
  •  None
Assignments
 
  • Final assigned:
  • Final due date: Wednesday, March 12, 2003
     
Week 7
   
    Monday :: February 17, 2003
Topics
 
  • Holiday. No class today.
Technical Workshop
   
Assignments
 

     
    Wednesday :: February 19, 2003
Topics
 
  • Midterm presentations
Technical Workshop
   
Assignments
   
     
Week 8
 

 

    Monday :: February 24, 2003
Topics
 
  • Final Project Research
  • Viewing: Donald Norman, Jacob Nielsen, IBM Usability and Design, Interaction Design, Web Interface Evaluation, Mental Models & HCI, Ben Shneiderman (UI), Universal Usability, UI Design/Yale, Usable Web, Usability Methods Toolbox, IDEO Design, Gameboys that play music, Segway Human Transporters, SpaceHab, Inc.
Technical Workshop
 
  •  None
Assignments
 

Reading selections:

  • Quality Technical Information: Paving the Way for Usable Print and Web Interface Design
  • The Semantics of Usability
  • Interaction Design & Prototyping
  • Conceptual Models
  • An equilibrium of value
  • Dare we define user interface design?
  • User interface design and china
  • The cult of cute
     
    Wednesday :: February 26, 2003
Topics
 
  • Final project proposals
  • Usability
Technical Workshop
 
  •  Dynamic Instances
Assignments
 
  •   Continue Final project, reading assignment for March 3, 2003
     
Week 9
   
    Monday :: March 3, 2003
Topics
 
  • Final Project - in class work
  • Discussion of usability and interface design articles
  • Usability questions - group discussion & readings
Technical Workshop
 
  •  Site Overview
Assignments
   
    Wednesday :: March 5, 2003
Topics
 
  • Class Online Gallery - Design
  • Final Project - in class work
  • Usability tests due today
Technical Workshop
   
Assignments
   
Week 10
   
    Monday :: March 10, 2003
Topics
 
  • Final project - independent work
Technical Workshop
   
Assignments
   
    Wednesday :: March 12, 2003
Topics
 
  • Final project presentations
Technical Workshop
   
Assignments