CS495 Fall '03 Schedule

CS495 | CS Department | Princeton University
Lectures:  Thursdays 1:30PM-4:20PM      CS Display Wall Available Lab worktime:  Mondays 3PM-6PM

Week 1. Sept  8 - Sept 12:  Introduction to Course - Inventing new paradigms.  Course work overview: individual and team projects

Week 2. Sept 15 - Sept 19: New Technologies and the capacity to display information faster, bigger, better. The large scale display of information and Moore's Law.
    Email Essay: What I hope to accomplish in the class and 10 ways to use the Frist Campus Center Display Wall.
    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 22 - Sept 26: 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 2 large scale images: 1] about 4 ways to use display wall in your major area and 2] a way to use the Frist Campus Center wall.

Week 4. Sept 29 - Oct 3: 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 [Available in Marquand Art Library]

Week 5. Oct 6 - Oct 10: 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 2 large scale images, showing 1] depth and 2] a prototype Interface Conceptual Design
Week 6. Oct 13 - Oct 17: 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.
    The laws of contrast of colour: and their application by Michel Eugene Chevreul.  Published 1859.
            Available in the Marquand Library (SAX) Rare Books collection ND1259 .C451
    Reading and Essay: Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Chapter 16, by Jerry Mander, Quill, New York, 1978.

Week 7. Oct 20 - Oct 24:
    5th project: Design and show large scale image on Arnheim reading, Chapters IV, V, VI.

    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 8. Oct 27 - Oct 31: Fall Recess week

Week 9. Nov 3 - Nov 7: Planning/design/programming
    6th Project: Create Short motion project - 1st draft
    Midterm Essays Due
    Imax film field trip on Saturday TBD.

Week 10. Nov 10 - Nov 14: Looking at frames: Reshaping windows.  Discussion and analysis of team production, creating solutions to design problems.
    6th Project: Short Motion project, Take 2
    7th Project:  Design a prototype classroom interface image for using a display wall.
    Present Design plans for Project #8. Develop Project #8 teams.

Week 11. Nov 17 - Nov 21: 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

Week 12. Nov 24 - Nov 28:  Thanksgiving Recess

    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 13. Dec 1 - Dec 5: Professional opportunities and funding sources for design.

    Design Project #8 works-in-progress presentations.

Week 14. Dec 8 - Dec 12:   Design Review of Project #8 work. Written and class review.

January 13th: Dean's Day Presentation of Projects #8 on large-scale CS Display Wall or Frist Campus Center display wall, and summary of final project production.

Due January 19th: Final take-home essay in lieu of final exam.

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

Web Page Updated:  09/08/03