REvised schedule

WEEK ONE: Jan 12

Class introduction | Pass out sign-up for classroom discussions/concept maps | Blog posts | Student presentations/ initial themes | Research expectations | Bauhaus basics

Themes: Bauhaus basics, Rule-based design methodologies, role of computer in design methodology, Concrete Art, Bit International, design that bridges art with science, the search for a computer aesthetic

  • Max Bill, “Structure as Art? Art as Structure?” in Structure in Art and Science, ed. György Kepes (New York: Braziller, 1965), 150. bill
  • Bruno Munari, Arte programmata. Arte cinetica. Opera moltiplicate. Opera aperta. (Milan: Olivetti Company, 1964). munari
  • Margit Rosen: “The Art of Programming”  in A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer’s Arrival in Art: New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961–1973, (Cambridge: MIT, 2011). rosen_reading

WEEK TWO: JAN 19 

Themes: Utopia, Birth of personal computer, Graphic User Interface, Object-Oriented Programming, code

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK THREE: Jan 26

Themes: How tools affect design methodologies; Algorithmic approach to art/design;  Serial Art; Emphasis on process rather than finished artifact

Discussion Leader: 

  • Read: Karl Gerstner, “Programme as Computer Graphics,” “Programme as Movement,” “Programme as Squaring the Circle,” in Designing Programmes (New York: Hastings House, 1964), 21–23. gerstner
  • Read: Wim Crouwel, “Type Design for the Computer Age,” Journal of Typographic Research 4 (1970): 51–59. wim_crouwell
  • Read: Sol LeWitt, “Doing Wall Drawings,” Art Now 3, no. 2 (1971): n.p. lewitt1
  • Read: Ben Fry and Casey Reas, “Processing . . . ,” in Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), 1–7. reas
  • Checkout: Conditional Design
  • Read: The Alien Style of Deep Learning Generative AI
  • Post: Blog response
  • In-class: Conditional Design exercise.

WEEK FOUR: Feb 2

Themes: Birth of Hacker Culture, Politics of Programming, Tinkering and Mass Making

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK FIVE: Feb 9

Themes: Privacy, copyright, friendship, politics

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK SIX: FEB 16

Themes: Interface background and future, computers and design, mechanical vrs biological, code literacy

Discussion Leader: 

  • Read: “Alan’s Kay’s role in the development of personal computers: a graphic novel”
  • Read: Alan Kay, “User Interface: A Personal View,” in The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design, ed. Brenda Laurel (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 1990), 191–207. kay
  • Read: Muriel Cooper, “Computers and Design,” Design Quarterly 142 (1989): 4–31. cooper
  • Read: April Greiman, “Does It Make Sense?” Design Quarterly 133 (1986). greiman
  • Read: Hugh Dubberly, “Design in the Age of Biology: Shifting from a Mechanical-Object Ethos to an Organic-Systems Ethos,” Interactions 15, no. 5 (2008): 35–41. dubberly
  • Post: Blog response
  • In-class: Exercise

WEEK SEVEN: FEB 23

Themes: AI, machine learning, singularity, creativity, hybrid thinking

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK EIGHT: MAR 2

  • Due: Post literature map and project proposal to the blog by Mon, Feb 29
  • Midterm discussion: Meet individually with Helen to discuss project abstracts and research plan/ literature review.

WEEK NINE: MAR 9

No class: Spring break


WEEK TEN: MAR 16

Themes: the augmented human, technology and disability, inclusive design, big data

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK ELEVEN: MAR 23

Themes: AI, machine relationships, post-human design, social bonds

Discussion Leader: 


WEEK TWELVE: MAR 30

No class: Spring Holiday


WEEK THIRTEEN: APR 6

Themes: Open Source, Participatory Culture, Peer Production, Community Building

Discussion Leader: 

Skim:Cathedral and the Bazaar” by Eric Steven Raymond (p.1-23)

  • Read: excerpt from Benkler, Yochai, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006). benkler_wealth
  • Read: excerpt from Henry Jenkins: Participatory Culture in a Networked Era (Polity: 2015) jenkins
  • Read: excerpt  from David Gauntlett: Making is Connecting (Polity: 2011) gauntlett_making_conc
  • Read: armstrong_participiate_community
  • Post: Blog response
  • In-class: Participatory Exercise.  | Discuss paper proposals and literature review


WEEK FOURTEEN: APR 13

Themes: Internet of Things, Nanotechnology, Networks

Discussion Leader: Bree


WEEK FIFTEEN: APR 20 (Helen out)

 


WEEK SIXTEEN: APR 27

  • Student presentations of paper content .
  • Exam Week, May 5: Final papers due.

Add in future of type design??? Add in visiting workshop?

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