Design 4: Interactive Environments
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This paper will enable students to experiment with the application of design principles and research to problem-solving exercises and assignments and synthesise design skills with computer-based applications. In addition, it will enable students to operate with skill and expertise the range of software required for completion of assignments, designing for interactive computer screens and mobile devices.
This paper is structured into two parts. The first part is interactive media. Students are to conceptualise and design a brand identity for a TV station and design an app to be used on mobile and tablet devices. The second part of the paper was to use the development and research to produce a motion graphic demo for the app as a promotional video. Students demonstrate the knowledge of layout, typography, colour theory, storyboarding and use design tools to accomplish these two assignments.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to apply a design process
Working with text and image, students will demonstrate the ability to apply a design process to create a range of conceptsLinked to the following assessments:
Demonstrate skills in creating interactive media
Students will by completion of the assigned tasks, demonstrate successful operation of a range of software to create designs and basic prototypes through application of design principles and with awareness of industry practice.Linked to the following assessments:
Demonstrate the ability to create motion graphics using design software
Working in two and three dimensions, students will demonstrate the creation of animated graphics using a variety of specified software tools in order to communicate specific messages.Linked to the following assessments:
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Task 01||
19 Jul 2021
|2. Assignment 1 – Interactive Media||
20 Aug 2021
|3. Task 02||
13 Sep 2021
|4. Assignment 2 – Motion Graphic||
15 Oct 2021
|5. Professional Practice||
Required and Recommended Readings*
Dubberly, H. (1995). Managing Complex Design projects. Retrieved from http://www.dubberly.com/articles/managing-complex-design-projects.html
Article describing how to approach various design projects.
Lupton, E., & Phillips, J. (2015). Graphic design : The new basics (Second edition, revised and expanded.. ed.).
[University library has access to an online version]
Book providing a broad range of examples for creating form, understanding design elements, and design principles.
Raskin, J. (2000). The humane interface: New directions for designing interactive systems. Reading, Mass: Addison Wesley.
The above book describes a range of considerations to make when designing digital interfaces for humans.
Meggs, P. B. (1992). Type & image: The language of graphic design. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Book providing guidance on the design process.
The above journal, Design Studies, primarily considers design processes from a variety of disciplines and is a good resource for understanding design.
Design Issues is “the first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism”
The International Journal of Design is a well-regarded source of contemporary writing on design which “aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and findings from researchers across different cultures and encourages research on the impact of cultural factors on design theory and practice.”
Tutorials and community forum for using the Adobe After Effects software.
Guidelines from Apple regarding how to design the graphical user interface.
Guidelines from Google regarding the design of mobile and related interfaces using their “material design” standard.
Reviewing lecture material, 1 hour
Studios 6 hours
Private Study 5 hours
Linkages to Other Papers*
This paper builds on your learning from previous core papers in the BDES degree. Skills and experience gained within this paper are expected to be applied in later BDES papers.
Prerequisite papers: At least one of CGRD241, DSIGN241, MEDIA203, or SMST217.
Restricted papers: CGRD242