Last Class: April 4 @ the Varley

For our last class on April 4, we are meeting at the Varley Art Gallery in Markham. This will give the teams an opportunity to present their final designs to the Varley staff in the gallery context.This class with begin at 5:00 pm prompt and will allow each group to present their project work

Come prepared to present and discuss your design decisions with the audience. Since the partners have already seen your work in the prototype stage, they will be keen to see how your design has beeb refined.

Important : Think about how you want to display and present your project and be prepared for a 10-15 min talk/demo.

If you need a ride from York campus, please let me know by Wednesday at the latest. I can take a few passengers and we can work together to carpool as needed. There is also public transportation available.

Participation for this class presentation is not optional as counts towards your final grade

See you Thursday!

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Next Class: Feb 28 @ the Varley

As mentioned in the last class, our next meeting will happen at the Varley Art Gallery in Markham. This class with begin a 5:00 pm prompt and will allow each group to present their project work to the Varley partners. It will also give you the opportunity to visit the space and get a sense of the context for your design work.

Come prepared to present and discuss your project work. Since the partners have no idea what each group is working on, it is advised to give a little background refresher. Since the current work is a prototype, think about how you want to display your project. I will bring a laptop and projector.

If you need a ride from York campus, please let me know by Wednesday at the latest. I can take a few passengers and we can work together to carpool as needed. There is also public transportation available.

Attendance for this class presentation is not optional.

See you Thursday!

Next Class: Jan 31

For the next class, teams will present their completed P1 components for to the class for critique and discussion. Provide a brief overview of the System Map and Info Architecture to provide a context for your project. Refer to other components as needed (ie. PACT).

From Phase 1 post

For this phase, each team design and submit the following:

  1. Information Architecture – redistribution, organization of content; hierarchy and labeling*
  2. System Map – flow of the envisioned system into a series of wireframe screens; context and scenario modelling*
  3. Other analysis/presentation materials posted to the group documentation site- (not specific as determined by each group. eg photos, diagrams, interviews, etc.)

*These works are to be printed on a 12″x18″ layout.
Submit printed document, represent on website and submit pdf file in David’s dropbox.

Due Date – class presentation Jan 31

Next Class: Jan 24

For next Thursday’s class, each team should meet and further scope their project using the PACT framework. At this point it may be necessary to step back a bit and look at the range of possibilites for the exhibition. The projects do not have to be complicated or overly sophisticated. A simple (but smart) re-working and re-contextualizing of current materials and processes can sometimes offer clear design direction.

Also your team folder are set up on the digital locker under Course Groups/3005Mw13. Your web URL will be: http://digital-locker.design.yorku.ca/3005Mw13/Team? Remember to include an index.html doc at the root level of your folder.

We will also explore and set-up a working mobile interface as a technical lead up to building your prototype.

Next Class: Jan 17 – Group Scope and Benchmarks

Over the week, each group should meet and review the Varley material. Use the PACT to assist in scoping in on a particular area of interest. Using this approach will allow the groups to zero in on a design concern that you find meaningful and engaging for the Varley.

The PACT can be used for analysing the current status of the Varley and also for envisioning for the new mobile design…it is very flexible and allows for changes along the way.

The groups will prepare a brief (10 min) presentation of their PACT analysis and subsequent scope. Use any visuals aids and formats (eg. pdf, scribd, google docs, etc) for organizing and displaying your work.

In addition each student will look for and examine 2 benchmarks to help examine what already exists and how we can learn from current examples. These can be websites, apps or other systems like galleries, museums, exhibitions, etc.

It is recommended that whatever you are choosing to benchmark, its best if it feeds into your project so it becomes a useful exercise. It is okay to pilfer and adapt things form other objects/systems/services you think are worthwhile and effective.