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MMEDIA 2A06 Design And Code

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. David Harris Smith

Email: dhsmith@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 303

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23248

Website:

Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00 am–12:00 pm, or by appointment



Course Objectives:

This lecture/studio course offers multimedia students a chance to explore critical perspectives in design and technology, and to develop practical knowledge of code and design using a problem-based learning approach. Weekly themes, readings, examples, and demonstrations will be used to anchor a reflexive multimedia practice, building on an incremental exploration of the fundamentals of design and programming. Tutorial modules will extend weekly content through exercises that incorporate digital tools and techniques for media authoring, manipulation, and composition. 

Students will develop conceptual frameworks for questioning and exploring the interplay of culture, design and technology, and subsequently, they will develop pathways linking these critical reflections to the practices of multimedia arts. Students will learn the basic concepts of programming and design relevant to a wide range of interactive multimedia works. Students will gain practical experience in software programs Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML 5, CSS, and Processing.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

REQUIRED TEXTS (Available at McMaster bookstore):

These texts are essential learning resources for the development of practical knowledge objectives in the course.

Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc.

OTHER REQURED READINGS:

Additional electronic readings will be posted to the course website. These readings are essential for the development of conceptual framework objectives in the course.


Method of Assessment:

20% Participation: Assessed through your informed contributions to lecture and tutorial discussions, completion of tutorial exercises, and lecture and tutorial attendance. 

20% Reading Response Requirement: Students will develop written responses to assigned questions associated with 5 of 6 (their choice) of the required conceptual framework readings (4% for each of 5 reading responses). Students must read the assigned article(s) for that week and post their answers to two or three assigned questions. Due before the beginning of the following weekly lecture covering the assigned reading. 

10% Design Project I:  DESIGN KIT of PARTS: Create your own design system by developing a unique and surprising kit of design elements. DUE SEP 28

15% Design Project II: DESIGN KIT WEB EXPO: A web exposition of your design system used to illustrate principles of design. DUE OCT 19

10% Code Project I: GENERATIVE ART: A Processing sketch that demonstrates an dynamic aesthetic effect, primarily through code. DUE NOV 9

25% Code Project II: CODE + DESIGN Combining code and design you will use your coding skills and stated design principles to bring a specific idea to life. You will also include a written statement to explain your concept. DUE NOV 30


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Master Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence. 

Students who require accommodations to meet a religious obligation or to celebrate an important religious holiday should make their requests as soon as possible after the start of term to their Faculty/Program office.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

SEP 10

  • LECTURE: It's going to get weird. Searching for new ways of thinking and doing. 
  • TALKING DESIGN: The Language of Design: Point, Line, and Plane; Rhythm and Balance; Scale.
  • TUTORIAL: Vector Graphics 1 and 2.
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 6–51.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READINGS ASSIGNMENT 1: Baumeister, R. F. (2003). Beasts for Culture. In The cultural animal: Human nature, meaning, and social life. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 3 – 48. Bourdieu, P. (2009). (i) Introduction; (ii) The Aristocracy of Culture. In Durham, M. G., & Kellner, D. M. (Eds.). Media and cultural studies: Keyworks. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 322–327.

SEP 17

  • LECTURE: What do nature and culture have to do with design and code?
  • TALKING DESIGN: The Language of Design: Texture, Colour, Figure/Ground, Framing
  • TUTORIAL: Vector Graphics 3. Raster Image 1. HTML5 I.
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 52–113.

SEP 24

  • LECTURE: BAUHAUS Screening
  • TALKING DESIGN: The Language of Design: Hierarchy, Layers, Transparency.
  • TUTORIAL: Raster Image 2, HTML5 II, CSS I.
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 114–157.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READING ASSIGNMENT 2: Heidegger, M. (1954). The question concerning technology. Technology and values- Essential readings, 99-113.  Dreyfus, H. L. (1997). Heidegger on gaining a free relation to technology. Technology and Values, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 41-53

OCT 1

  • LECTURE: What is the essence of technology? What does critical reflexivity have to do with design and code?
  • TALKING DESIGN: The Language of Design: Modularity, Grid, Pattern.
  • TUTORIAL: HTML5 III, CSS II.
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 6–51.

OCT 8

  • LECTURE: Art/Culture/Technology/Reflection
  • TALKING DESIGN: The Language of Design: Diagram, Time and Motion, Rules and Randomness.
  • TUTORIAL: Projects Intensive
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Lupton, E. and Phillips, J. C. (2008). Graphic design: The new basics. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 6–51.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READING ASSIGNMENT: Benjamin, W. (2008). The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Penguin UK. Shanken, E. A. (2002). Art in the information age: Technology and conceptual art. Leonardo, 35(4), 433-438.

MIDTERM BREAK MIDTERM BREAK MIDTERM BREAK MIDTERM BREAK MIDTERM BREAK MIDTERM BREAK 

OCT 22 

  • LECTURE: Shifting techno-cultures and the role(s) of art.
  • TALKING CODE: Introduction to programming with Processing: Pixels, Processing, and Interaction; Variables, Conditionals, and Loops
  • TUTORIAL: PROCESSING I and II
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc. pp. 1–98.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READING ASSIGNMENT: McLuhan, M. (1994). The Medium is the Message. Understanding media: The extensions of man. MIT press. pp. 1-11. Manovich, L (2014). Software is The Message. Journal of Visual Culture, 13(1), pp. 79-81.

OCT 29

  • LECTURE: "There is no way out of the game of culture."
  • TALKING CODE: Functions and Objects Arrays.
  • TUTORIAL: PROCESSING III and IV
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc. pp. 99–162.

NOV 5

  • LECTURE: Code pioneers.
  • TALKING DESIGN: Algorithms, Debugging, and Libraries; Mathematics, Translations and 3D Rotation
  • TUTORIAL:  PROCESSING V and VI
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT:  Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc. pp. 163–252.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READING ASSIGNMENT: Haraway, D. (1991). A cyborg manifesto. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge. pp.149-181. Black, H. (2013). Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Hot Babe. The New Enquiry, 18, 23-27

NOV 12

  • LECTURE: coded feminist - feminist code
  • TALKING CODE: Images and Video, Text and Data, Sound and Exporting
  • TUTORIAL: PROCESSING VII, VIII, IX
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc. pp. 253–378.

NOV 19

  • LECTURE: Code and Conceptual Art.
  • TALKING DESIGN: Music and Animation, Physical computing 
  • TUTORIAL: PROCESSING X, XI
  • PRACTICAL READING ASSIGNMENT: Shiffman, D. (2008). Learning processing: A beginner’s guide to programming images, animation, and interaction. San Francisco: Elsevier Inc. pp. 379–438.
  • CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK READING ASSIGNMENT: Wilson, S (2003) Art and Science as Cultural Acts. information arts: intersections of art, science, and technology. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. pp. 2–33. Catricala, V. (2015). On the Notion of Media Art: Towards a new definition of arts in the age of technology. media art: Towards a new definition of arts in the age of technology. Fondazione Mondo Digitale. pp. 61–70

NOV 26

  • LECTURE: Code, Design and Culture: Interdependence
  • TALKING DESIGN: Frontiers of Code and Design
  • TUTORIAL: Projects Intensive

DEC 3

CODE + DESIGN EXHIBITION: Presentation of final projects at Lyons New Media Centre, Mills Library 


Other Course Information:

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EQUIPMENT RESERVATION/BORROWING

In order to reserve and borrow equipment maintained for academic use by Humanities Media and Computing (HMC) for the Faculty of Humanities, it is necessary to read and accept the following Terms and Conditions.

  1. Students are responsible for the condition and possession of all equipment borrowed.  In cases, where equipment is lost or damaged beyond repair, students are responsible for replacing the equipment within 14 days of the date on which the equipment was initially borrowed.
  2. In cases where equipment is to be replaced by a student, the replacement value of the equipment listed on this system will be the amount that must be provided in the form of cheque or money order made out to McMaster University and provided to HMC.
  3. In cases, where equipment needs to be replaced, borrowing privileges will be suspended until the replacement value of the equipment has been provided to HMC.   Suspension of privileges will be ongoing and may traverse one or more academic sessions until such a time as the replacement value of the damaged or lost equipment has been duly provided.
  4. In cases, where equipment is returned to HMC in a damaged condition, HMC reserves the right to levy an amount equal to the cost of repair to the borrower. 
  5. In cases, where equipment needs to be repaired, borrowing privileges will be suspended until the cost of the repair to the equipment has been provided to HMC.   Suspension of privileges will be ongoing and may traverse one or more academic sessions until such a time as the cost to repair the damaged equipment has been duly provided.
  6. Equipment may be signed out overnight, and be returned by 10:00 a.m. the next working day.
  7. Equipment can be reserved every second day per person.
  8. Equipment signed out on Fridays must be returned on Mondays by 10:00 a.m.
  9. Camera batteries must be fully charged when returned.
  10. A student who fails to pick up equipment, or returns it late, may have their reservation/sign-out privileges revoked for a period of one week. This rule also applies to missing parts or returning a battery (or batteries) uncharged.
  11. A student who fails to return equipment on time will be required on their next sign-out (when their privileges have been restored) to provide a $20 cash deposit at the time of pick-up.  Failure to return equipment on time thereafter will result in both a loss of deposit and a loss of privileges for the duration of the current academic session.
  12. Equipment can be reserved up to one week ahead.

All students must be registered for key access to TSH-202B (A/V lab) before signing out any equipment.