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Class Schedule
14 November 2017

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September 19
Class introduction
Lecture — “Gestalt, or Wholeness & Graphic Design”
Exercise — Door codes
Exercise — Vase / Face

September 26
Assignment 1
Project introduction and review of class tools
Lecture — “A Few Forms”
Reading — “Laws of Organization in Perceptual Forms,” Max Wertheimer

October 3
Assignment 1 continues
Group review and pin-up of individual projects
Lecture — “Max Bill and Bezier Curves”
Reading — “Continuity and Change,” “Function and Gestalt,” Max Bill

October 10
Assignment 1 (adjusted)
Group review
Lecture — “The Language of Visual Thinking”
Reading — “The Language of Vision,” from Language of Vision, Gyorgy Kepes, “Visual Thinking,” Rudolf Arnheim

October 17
Assignment 2
Review, in-class critique (Assignment 1)
Lecture — “Currently in process . . .”
Demonstration — animated gifs
Reading — A Primer of Visual Literacy (excerpt), Donis A. Dondis, Interaction of Color (excerpt), Josef Albers

October 24
No class, makeup November 15

October 31
Fall break

November 7
Assignment 2 continues
In-class critique, Project introduction
Lecture — “After Effects (on Bruno Munari)”
Reading — “A Language of Signs and Symbols,” The Triangle (excerpt), Bruno Munari

November 14
Assignment 3
Project review
Lecture — “. . . meet the Tetracono”

November 14, 6 pm
*a graphic design exhibition* opening
Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts Complex

November 20, 6 pm
Muriel Cooper book launch
Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts Complex
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/muriel-cooper

November 21
Assignment 3 continues
Class review and discussion
** Visiting designers: Julie Peeters & Scott Ponik **
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm lecture
3 pm – 4:20 pm group crit with VIS 215 class
7:30 – 9:00 pm group crit with VIS 216 class

November 28
Assignment 3 continues
Individual meetings and class discussion
Lecture — “Desktops, trashcans, and other assorted metaphors or Why computers look like this: On Muriel Cooper and Susan Kare”
Reading — “Swedish Campground,” on Susan Kare, “Muriel Cooper’s Visible Wisdom,” Janet Abrams, “Spatial Data Management (Books without pages),” Richard Bolt

December 5
Assignment 3 continues
Individual meetings and class discussion
Lecture — “The NeXT Intuition”
Video — “The whole is more incredible than the sum of its parts.”
Reading — “The Next Logo” and “Intuition and Ideas,” Paul Rand

December 6
Assignment 3 continues
Individual meetings / critique to be scheduled

December 12
Assignment 3 ends
Final review
Reading — “Language of Vision,” from Design, Writing, Research, Ellen Lupton and Abbott Miller, “G-e-s-t-a-l-t,” from The Serving Library

January 8
Final portfolio due at 1:30 pm (185 Nasssau, Room 123)




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