CS495 Fall '02 Schedule

CS495 | CS Department | Princeton University
Lectures:  Fridays 1:30PM-4:20PM - First class will meet on Monday September 16th at 1:30PM, per change in University Schedule
CS Display Wall Available Lab worktime:  Mondays 3PM-6PM

Week 1. Sept. 9 - Sept 13  First class will meet on Monday September 16th at 1:30PM, per change in University Schedule:  Introduction to Course - Inventing new paradigms.  Course work overview: individual and team projects

Week 2. Sept 16 - Sept 20: New Technologies and the capacity to display information faster, bigger, better. The large scale display of information and Moore's Law.

    1st project: Create and show large scale image.

   Reading for week 2: Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT, 1997. Exploding The Frame by Ben Shedd, available at http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~benshedd/ExplodingtheFrame.htm

Week 3. Sept 23 - Sept 27: Historical precedents of large-scale displays: the Sistine Chapel, the diorama, Cinemascope, IMAX. Exploding the Frame, designing from the audience's view.

    2nd Project: Design and show large scale image about 4 ways to use display wall in your major area.

Week 4. Sept 30 - Oct 4: Visual considerations for storytelling: depth, 3D, movement, focus point of view, image definition & the problems of working small and displaying large.

    3rd Project: Create large scale image based on Tufte reading.
    Suggested Reading: Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT, 1990. A Primer of Visual Literacy by Donis A. Dondis, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1973. The Sense of Order by E. H. Gombrich, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY 1979 [On reserve, Marquand Art Library]

Week 5. Oct 7 - Oct 11: Story telling: continuity, timing, image, sound, scripting. Survey the field of media presentations & display technologies: Interactive, Internet, movies/television, architecture, art.

    4th Project: Design and show large scale image showing depth
Week 6. Oct 14 - Oct 18: Sound design tools for storytelling: recording and mixing surround sound, synchronized sounds, music.

    Reading: The Power of the Center by Rudolf Arnheim, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1988.
    Reading and Essay: Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Chapter 16, by Jerry Mander, Quill, New York, 1978.

Week 7. Oct 21 - Oct 25: 5th project: Design and show large scale image on Arnheim reading, Chapters IV, V, VI.

Week 8. Oct 28 - Nov 1: Fall Recess week

Week 9. Nov 4 - Nov 8: Planning/design/programming
    6th Project: Create Short motion project - 1st draft
    Midterm Essays Due
Imax film field trip on Saturday TBD.

    Suggested reading: Theory and Use of Color by Luigina De Grandis, Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1984.  Perspective and Other drawing Systems by Fred Dubrey & John Willats, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. NY, 1972, 1983.

Week 10. Nov 11 - Nov 15: Looking at frames: Reshaping windows.  Discussion and analysis of team production, creating solutions to design problems.
    Sixth Project: Short Motion project, Take 2
    Present Design plans for Project #7. Develop Project #7 teams.

Week 11. Nov 18 - Nov 22: Social and political uses of media displays. Potential uses for large scale display walls.  Office meetings.
   Reading:  At the Heart of It All: The Concept of Presence, by Matthew Lombard and Theresa Ditton.  Available on the web at:   http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/vol3/issue2/lombard.html
    Suggested reading: Notebooks of the Mind by Vera John Steiner, Perennial Library, Harpers & Row, New York, 1985.  Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1969

Week 12. Nov 25 - Nov 29:  Thanksgiving Recess

Week 13. Dec 2 - Dec 6: Professional opportunities and funding sources for design.

    Design Project #7 works-in-progress presentations.

Week 14. Dec 9 - Dec 13:   Design Review of Project #7 work. Written and class review.

January 14th: Presentation of Projects #7 on large-scale Display Wall, and summary of final project production.

Due January 20: Final take-home essay in lieu of final exam.

Grading: Design Projects 65%, Exams 20% Papers 15%

Updated:  09/09/02