CS495 Fall '99 Schedule

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

Week 1. Sept 16-17:  Introduction to Course - Inventing new paradigms.  Course work overview: individual and team projects

Week 2. Sept 20-Sept 24: New Technologies and the capacity to display information faster, bigger, better. The large scale display of information and Moore's Law.

    Assign first projects: Cataloguing large-scale display artifacts.

   Reading: Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT, 1997. Exploding The Frame by Ben Shedd, manuscript

Week 3. Sept 27-Oct 1: Historical precedents of large-scale displays: the Sistine Chapel, the diorama, Cinemascope, IMAX. Exploding the Frame, designing from the audience's view.

    Present design plans for Project #1.

Week 4. Oct 4-Oct 8: Visual considerations for storytelling: depth, 3D, movement, focus point of view, image definition & the problems of working small and displaying large.

    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 11-Oct 15: Story telling: continuity, timing, image, sound, scripting. Survey the field of media presentations & display technologies: Interactive, Internet, movies/television, architecture, art.

    Present Design plans for Project #2. Develop Project #2 teams, begin work diaries.

    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 6. Oct 18-Oct 22: 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.

Week 7. Oct 25-Oct 29: Presentation of Project #1 on Display Wall

Week 8. Nov 1- Nov 5:  Fall Recess week

Week 9. Nov 8-Nov 12: Project #2 planning/design/programming - Class meeting: Monday Nov. 8th.

    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 15-Nov 19 Looking at frames: Reshaping windows.  Discussion and analysis of team production, creating solutions to design problems.

    Midterm Essay

Week 11. Nov 22-Nov 24: Office meetings/Lab Week

    Reading: Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1969.

    Suggested reading: Notebooks of the Mind by Vera John Steiner, Perennial Library, Harpers & Row, New York, 1985.

Week 12. Nov 29-Dec 3: Social and political uses of media displays. Potential uses for large scale display walls. Field trip to IMAX film screening.

    Design Project #2 works-in-progress presentations.

    Reading: Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Chapter 16, by Jerry Mander, Quill, New York, 1978.

Week 13. Dec 6-Dec 10: Professional opportunities and funding sources for design.

    Design Review of Project #2 work. Written and class review.

Week 14. Dec 13-Dec 17: Visual & audio displays: advanced techniques

Winter recess Dec 18-Jan 2

January 10: Presentation of Team Projects #2 on large-scale Display Wall, and summary of final project production.

Due Jan 17:  Final take-home essay in lieu of final exam.

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